A United Nations’ expert on Myanmar urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to “shelve plans” to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees to Myanmar’s Rakhine state this month to avoid persecution.
Nearly three-quarters of a million of Myanmar’s Rohingya fled Rakhine state in August 2017 after a military crackdown. Amid refugee and journalist accounts of widespread killings and rape and the torching of villages, the Rohingya settled in crowded camps in neighboring Bangladesh.
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The two countries agreed on Oct. 30 to begin returning Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state by mid-November, but U.N. rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said the time is not right for their return.
“The Myanmar government has failed to provide guarantees they would not suffer the same persecution and horrific violence over again,” Lee said in a statement. Lee added that the underlying causes of the crisis must first be addressed, including the right of citizenship.
Lee’s warning followed a Facebook admission Monday that the social media network played a role in the genocide against the Rohingya people.
Nov 15, 2018Hundreds of thousands of Muslim-majority Rohingya who fled Myanmar, citing rape, murder and arson, will not be forcibly repatriated, Bangladesh’s Rohingya Relief and Repatriation Commissioner has said. “No one will be forced back to Myanmar,” Abul Kalam told Al Jazeera. Bangladesh is scheduled to send back an initial group of 2,260 Rohingya from 485 families, in […]
Nov 05, 2018