The planned repatriation of some 3,500 Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh to Myanmar on Thursday did not happen, said officials, as the members of the persecuted group were unwilling to return due to safety fears and other concerns.
"The Myanmar government raped us and killed us". He warned that action will be taken against them.
A statement from the United Nations refugee agency said: "So far none of those interviewed have indicated a willingness to repatriate at this time".
"So we must talk with the Myanmar government about this before repatriation".
But more than six hours later, none had shown up and the vehicles departed empty.
Zheng Tianzhuo, director of political division of the Chinese embassy in Dhaka, who was present during the repatriation move, said he believed that the visit of Myanmar permanent secretary from the ministry of foreign affairs last month was an intent showed by their government.
The UN refugee agency sees Myanmar's engagement in this process as a "positive step" towards the affirmation of the right to return of Rohingyas as no one was found to avail of the voluntary repatriation offer.
"We've interviewed 295 families".
Abul Kalam said the buses and trucks would wait at the camp until 4:00 pm and that they would continue to interview families.
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The Rohingya are not recognised as an official minority by the Myanmar government, which considers them Bengali interlopers despite many families having lived in the country for generations. A UN-established investigation a year ago recommended the prosecution of Myanmar's top military commanders on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for the crackdown on the Rohingya.
According to those in the camps, about 20 Rohingya refugees living in Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar crossed the border back to Myanmar of their own accord and have ended up in transit camps in Rahkine.
It has sullied the worldwide standing of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and former political prisoner who has risen to be the top civilian official in Myanmar, but who has not spoken out about the alleged abuses.
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.
"This is a continuous process", Kalam, who is Bangladesh's refugee relief and repatriation commissioner, told Reuters by telephone.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen said that some people are encouraging Rohingyas to stay back. Some INGOs and NGOs are instigating them (Rohingyas), he told a small group of reporters at his office. "But I don't know how long we can accept it", he told Jamuna TV.
Bangladesh claims to have 11 lakh Rohingya refugees in the country. Myanmar has created the problem and solution lies there, too.
Rohingya refugees say that they will return to Myanmar only if they are assured of safety and granted citizenship status in the country.