Апреля 21, 2018

Myanmar announces first Rohingya repatriation

15 Апреля 2018, 06:31 | Taylor George

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Some Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, are protesting against the community's repatriation to Myanmar, carrying a festoon on which their demands for repatriation are written.

Many Rohingya refugees say they fear to return to a country where they saw their relatives murdered by soldiers and where Buddhist vigilantes drove them from their homes.

A Rohingya refugee who carries his father for the last 3 days is returned to the quarantine area after waiting hours at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

The United Nations refugee group said Friday the conditions in Myanmar "are not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified, and sustainable".

"This is a deception", Rohingya Blogger, a watchdog and Rohingya rights website run by Rohingya activists in Europe, said in a statement on Sunday.

The news of the family's return was reported by Reuters, which cited a statement from the Myanmar government in this regard.

An advance copy of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' report to the Security Council, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, says worldwide medical staff and others in Bangladesh have documented that numerous nearly 700,000 Rohingya who fled from Myanmar "bear the physical and psychological scars of brutal assault".

Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed a repatriation plan in January but its start has been repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for lack of preparation.

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Andrea Giorgetta from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) criticised the repatriation announcement as "a public relations exercise in an attempt to deflect attention from the need for accountability for crimes committed in Rakhine state".

Waves of violence have forced Rohingya out of Burma over the past several years, with more than 200,000 Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh before last year's exodus.

Last week, the most senior United Nations official to visit Burma this year, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller, said the conditions in Burma were not conducive to the return of the refugees.

"Refugee return also can not be divorced from the question of impunity for the crimes that caused the refugees to flee", he said.

A second list of 10,000 people is also being readied for release, Frelick said.

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner, Mohammad Abul Kalam, told Agence France-Presse the family had been living in a camp erected on a patch of "no man's land" between the two countries.

The Rohingya exodus has created a humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, a small, poor country that is one of the most densely populated in the world.

Many of their original communities were burned to the ground in the violence that Doctors Without Borders says claimed at least 6,700 Rohingya lives in the first month alone.

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