Ali Riaz, University Professor of Politics and Government, commented on the plan to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into Myanmar. In an article in the United News of Bangladesh, Riaz sympathised with the many  refugees are hesitant to go back to a country in which they do not feel safe. “The issues at the heart of the present crisis, such as the question of citizenship and equal treatment, have not been discussed, let alone resolved,” he said. Criticizing the bilateral process that produced the current plan, he added: “I’m afraid the repatriation process is destined to face serious challenges, even if it starts at all.”