MYANMAR: Bangladesh 'to return 300 Rohingya a day'

Jan 18, 2018, 04:19
MYANMAR: Bangladesh 'to return 300 Rohingya a day'

"After several discussions, Myanmar has agreed to complete the repatriation process preferably within two years from the day it commences", Sufiur Rahman, Bangladesh's ambassador to Myanmar, said.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, called for repatriating orphans and "children born out of unwarranted incidence", a reference to cases of rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces resulting in pregnancy.

"Myanmar has reiterated its commitment to stop outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh", it said.

After increasing violence targeted towards the Rohingya by the Myanmar security forces peaked previous year, this sparked a mass exodus to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Many Rakhine Buddhists joined the attacks on Rohingya villages, and their leaders are adamant that they will not accept the refugees back from Bangladesh, our correspondent says.

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A camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week, according to officials.

UNHCR said that "major challenges have to be overcome" to ensure a safe and sustainable return, such as consultations with the refugees themselves, safe transit and future security.

After months of pressure from the worldwide community, Myanmar has promised to repatriate over 650,000 refugees who were pushed from their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh over the past few months following two serious outbreaks of violence, the AFP reported.

"Even though we are talking about a two-year process, it totally depends on how the two countries cooperate", Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay said.

"The worst would be to move these people from camps in Bangladesh to camps in Myanmar", Mr Guterres said at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

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"They will not allow a single Rohingya to live there", he said.

The crucial JWG with 15 each from Bangladesh and Myanmar will oversee the repatriation of over 6,00,000 Rohingya refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence in the latter. The ongoing registration process is aimed partly at facilitating the repatriation of refugees, while most say they do not want to return.

About 750,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after army crackdowns in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state starting in October 2016 and August past year. The board is charged with helping implement recommendations for ending the crisis written by a commission led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The UK Government has put forward a five-point plan for Rohingya and Burma, stating that the required conditions for the safe return of Rohingya must include access to fundamental human rights.

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