Myanmar govt. ready to return refugees

Myanmar govt. ready to return refugees

Aid groups and worldwide organizations have warned that repatriation, given current conditions in Myanmar, can not possibly be voluntary, safe and dignified. The incident is shocking as the planned start to the first official repatriation of the Rohingya to Myanmar is supposed to begin on November 15.

Mohammad Ismail, who lives in Jamtoli refugee camp in Cox's Bazar with his wife and six children, said: "Around me there are 13 other families who have been told that they are on the list but do not know how".

More than 1 million Rohingya, a minority Muslim community which the UNHCR considers stateless, have fled Myanmar in different waves of migration since the end of the 20th century. Tens of thousands of Rohingya were killed, and United Nations investigators found evidence of mass rape and torture. Many have been accepted as refugees in Bangladesh - but not warmly.

The latest exodus began on August 25, 2017 when a Rohingya rebel group launched a series of attacks on government posts in Rakhine and the military launched a retaliatory campaign, forcing around 723,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.

The concerned authority asserted that the repartition process would start soon if everything goes well, reported Dhaka Tribune. It was essential for Myanmar to carry out investigations of allegations of genocide against the community and to hold perpetrators to account.

"They'll kill us", Sonah Meah, told Beaubien. "Minutes before my father collapsed, he said to me, "Hide your brothers and sisters and save them from repatriation".

Rohingya refugees say Myanmar soldiers and local Buddhists carried out mass killings and rape during the violence previous year, while the United Nations has accused the military of "genocidal intent".

"They often say to us they would rather die here in the (Bangladeshi) camps than to go back and embrace the harrowing pain they have already experienced", he said. He said, 'The return will be electives.

"We do not want to live in a foreign country forever", Ahmed added.

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But Nur Islam said the plan has created "massive confusion and fear" among the Rohingya and many were unwilling to return to Rakhine unless they were guaranteed citizenship and other rights.

YANGON-The repatriation of ethnic Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, to which more than 700,000 fled since past year to escape deadly violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces, will begin this week, top Myanmar officials said Sunday.

"[The refugees] are terrified about what will happen to them if they are returned to Myanmar now, and distressed by the lack of information they have received", the group of 42 aid agencies and civil society groups said in a statement Friday. The government says it has built housing and issued "national verification cards" to Rohingya.

But there is widespread skepticism that any returning refugees will ever be granted citizenship.

Some Buddhists in Myanmar have taken to the streets to protest the return of Rohingya to the country.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers the keynote speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2018, a parallel summit in the ongoing ASEAN Summit 2018 in Singapore, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Almost a decade ago, while she was still under house arrest, Suu Kyi received Amnesty's highest honor, called the "Ambassador of Conscience" award, for her defense of human rights.

Myanmar vehemently rejects the court's jurisdiction over the country and insists the military campaign was justified to defend itself against Rohingya terrorists.

Suu Kyi does not have direct power over the Myanmarese military, but United Nations investigators say she contributed to the attacks, including by stymieing probes into the military's atrocities. In September, she admitted that the situation "could have been handled better".

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