Saudi Arabia is preparing to forcibly remove scores of Rohingya refugees “against their will” to Bangladesh after imprisoning them for an indefinite period inside a Saudi detention centre, activists and imprisoned Rohingya told Middle East Eye.
The planned deportations come after Saudi Arabia ordered Bangladesh to take back more than a hundred Rohingya who came on Bangladeshi passports to the Gulf kingdom – amid fears that Bangladesh is repatriating Rohingya to Myanmar.
Those being prepared for deportation from Saudi Arabia have told Middle East Eye they have Burmese ID cards to prove they are Rohingya from Myanmar – a country more than 700,000 of them have fled since August 2017 to avoid persecution from the army – and not Bangladeshi.
“What will we do when we got to Bangladesh? We have no other choice but to kill ourselves,” Abdul Ghulam, Rohingya detainee inside Shumaisi detention center.
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The detainees had begun to be processed for removal to Bangladesh just days after a visit to Saudi Arabia by Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, in mid-October when she met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
During Hasina’s four-day visit to Saudi Arabia, MBS praised Dhaka’s pledge to invest in Bangladesh and called for stronger military cooperation. Salman also praised Bangladesh’s response to the Rohingya crisis.
Many Rohingya refugees came to Saudi Arabia on passports obtained via fake documents from several South Asian countries – including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal
But after being caught up in a series of Saudi immigration raids, the Rohingya were subsequently taken to the Shumaisi detention centre in Jeddah, where they confessed to coming to the country on fake passports.
Members of the persecuted minority described fear and panic inside Shumaisi, as Saudi immigration police prepared to forcibly remove the Rohingya detainees to Bangladesh.
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