MYANMAR: Bangladesh 'to return 300 Rohingya a day'


Already, a group of refugees at the Kutupalong Rohingya camp expressed doubt about the two "temporary settlement" camps Myanmar has agreed to establish on its side of the border, reports Reuters.

Myanmar and Bangladesh seek to repatriate the Rohingya villagers who have fled the Southeast Asian country within two years, the two governments agreed Tuesday, marking the first firm goal agreed to for resolving the refugee crisis.

"There are talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar about people being returned to the very country which they fled".

He also warned that Bangladeshi officials might have some difficulty with using information provided by the Myanmar side and that verifies the residency of Rohingya who have been cleared to return to Rakhine.

Verification and return will be based on considering the family as a unit, said a Bangladesh Foreign Ministry statement. "Some 1,500 Rohingyas will be sent back in a week".

In the meantime, Myanmar will "consider resettling the people staying at the zero line on a priority basis", and reiterated its commitment to "stop outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh".

About 750,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after army crackdowns in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state starting in October 2016 and August previous year.

Although widespread persecution of the Rohingya has taken place since the late 1970s, the violence that broke out past year has sparked mass migration and a #Humanitarian Crisis. They have been denied citizenship and are rendered stateless.

The deal included no role for the United Nations refugee agency, he added, making it hard to "guarantee that the operation abides by worldwide standards".

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The Myanmar government says the bloodshed resulted from a military crackdown on militants who carried out coordinated attacks on border posts and that civilians were not targeted. He and his wife are now seeking refuge in Bangladesh's Kutupalong refugee camp.

"And if we get a nationality identity card in Myanmar, then we are more than willing to go back".

"Rohingya will put trust in Myanmar only if concrete promises are made to grant them citizenship and to ensure their peaceful living in Rakhine".

"We have been persecuted and brutalised there", she said. "They [Myanmar] have taken some preparations for the Rohingyas".

They are considered illegal immigrants from majority-Muslim Bangladesh. Thirdly, our security must be ensured internationally.

The clashes between Buddhist nationalists and police took place a day after the country's government signed an agreement with Bangladesh on the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate refugees fleeing to Bangladesh to escape conflict in Myanmar's western Rakhine state starting from January 23.

While these considerations seem likely to delay the implementation of the repatriation process and limit the number of refugees that it involves, there is no room for complacency.

"Where are considerations for protection of the Rohingya from Myanmar security forces who months ago were raping and killing them?" said Phil Robertson, deputy director of the group's Asia Division.