Myanmar Vows to 'Restore Normalcy' & Repatriate Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar Vows to 'Restore Normalcy' & Repatriate Rohingya Refugees
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Published January 15th, 2018 - 14:01 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food aid at Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on Jan. 12, 2018 (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)
Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food aid at Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on Jan. 12, 2018 (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)
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  • Myanmar agreed to repatriate Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
  • This only includes those who left after October 2016 when the crackdown began
  • There are 200,000 refugees who arrived at Bangladesh before that date
  • Most refugees say they will not return

 

Officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh have met to “settle issues” over the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees, who have fled a state-sponsored crackdown campaign in Rakhine State.

Officials from the two countries met in Naypyidaw on Monday over the repatriation deal that was signed last November, Bangladeshi officials familiar with the talks told AFP.

Under the deal, Myanmar vowed to repatriate the Muslim refugees who have taken refuge in Bangladesh since the military launched a crackdown against the Muslim community in October 2016.

This does not cover the estimated 200,000 Rohingya refugees who arrived at Bangladesh before that date.

According to the repatriation deal, Myanmar “would restore normalcy in Northern Rakhine (State) and to encourage those who had left Myanmar to return voluntarily and safely to their own households” or “to a safe and secure place nearest to it of their choice.”

 

 

Most Rohingya refugees, however, say they will not return to Myanmar, where their villages in the State of Rakhine have been torched, according to AFP.

Myanmar’ government troops have been committing killings, making arbitrary arrests, and carrying out arson attacks in Muslim villages in Rakhine.

The U.N. says nearly 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the western state to Bangladesh since the bloody violence erupted last August.

The Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations but are denied citizenship, and branded illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The U.N. has described a 1.1 million-strong Muslim community as the most persecuted minority in the world.

  

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