Firstly, we need worldwide protection, secondly we need our citizenship back. The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on November 15 past year but it was halted amid the unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine. "They have confidence in us". Myanmar only cleared 3,450 Rohingyas for beginning the repatriation.
But more than six hours later, none had shown up and the vehicles departed empty.
"We've interviewed 295 families".
Refugee Commissioner of Bangladesh Md Abul Kalam said on Thursday that nobody showed up for repatriation at Ghumdhum transit point on Thursday though five buses were kept ready.
Over the past few days, together with Bangladeshi officials, UNHCR has visited refugee families in their shelters to establish whether they wish to return to Myanmar.
Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide and warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations report charged Thursday.
Although many Rohingya can trace their ancestry in Myanmar back centuries, they are widely denigrated in the country as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
It has sullied the global standing of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and former political prisoner who has risen to be the top civilian official in Myanmar.
Officials said the situation in the camps was calm on Wednesday and Thursday, unlike last November when thousands protested what they feared might be a forced repatriation.
Last week, the neighbors said they had agreed August 22 as the start date for the return of 3,450 people cleared by Myanmar, of more than 730,000 who fled a military crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017, and now shelter in the sprawling camps.
Rohingya community leader Jafar Alam told AFP the refugees had been gripped by fear since authorities announced the new repatriation process.
They also feared being sent to camps for internally displaced people (IDP) if they went back to Myanmar.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen said that some people are encouraging Rohingyas to stay back.
On Tuesday, 21 families told officials in the "intention interviews" that they won't go back. "But I don't know how long we can accept it", he told Jamuna TV.
The Myranmar government cleared this month for 3,450 Rohingyas to re-enter, but it's ultimately up to the refugees to decide. Myanmar has created the problem and solution lies there, too.
Bangladesh authorities on Thursday said that none of the Rohingya families interviewed so far were willing to go back to Myanmar. They had nearly boarded a vehicle to cross the border, but were dissuaded by fellow refugees who told them they would not be able to return to their original villages or have a pathway to citizenship.