Cox’s Bazar, 2nd June 2005
Burmese Authority refuses to accept another 151
Burmese prisoners from Bangladesh Jail
Burmese authorities recently
refused to accept 151 Burmese prisoners from Bangladesh jails but the reason is unknown, said a report from a
The prisoners were gathered
in Cox's Bazaar district jail by Bangladesh authorities from several jails in Bangladesh just soon after the first batch of 172 Burmese
prisoners were handed over to Burma on 27 April.
According to the report, Bangladesh authorities requested at least four times for Burma to accept the remaining Burmese prisoners. About 151
remain in the second batch, but Burmese authorities have refused the requests.
Bangladesh authorities arranged the prisoner repatriation
program after Burmese prisoners requested the government to send them back to Burma as soon as possible.
There are a number of
prisoners that have been languishing in the Bangladesh jails for several years since their sentences have
According to one Burmese
prisoner, some prisoner's jail terms have been completed for over 5 years in Bangladesh, but they are still living in Bangladesh jails.
Though the first batch of 172
prisoners were sent back to Burma by Bangladesh authorities on 27 April after negotiations, this time
the repatriation of Burmese prisoners from Bangladesh has been delayed due to Burmese authorities refusal
to accept them.
Local Bangladesh authorities will urge Burma to accept their people from Bangladesh jails through government to government exchanges.
At present, there are over
400 Burmese prisoners remaining in Bangladesh jails, most are fishermen who had mistakenly
overstepped the maritime boundary in Bay of Bengal.
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