Bangladesh hosting over a million Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh Is Sending Rohingya Back To Myanmar — That's Not Good

Myanmar plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees in two years

Processing of returnees will begin next Tuesday, a senior Myanmar official confirmed, as the date had been agreed on in November.

The first round of meetings, on Monday and Tuesday, came days before the scheduled January 22 deadline for the first 100,000 refugees to start returning to their home state of Rakhine.

UNICEF and partners said earlier that they launched a diphtheria vaccination campaign in Bangladesh to help the situation.

After months of pressure from the global community, Myanmar has promised to repatriate over 650,000 refugees who were pushed from their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh over the past few months following two serious outbreaks of violence, the AFP reported. "It is equally unclear whether the 100,000 Rohingya are volunteers or what their interim and/or final destination and legal status will be and what arrangements might be put in place for their safety and security", the Parliament's International Development Committee said in a statement Monday.

A deal to repatriate Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape deadly violence in Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine State has been greeted with a mixture of hope, despair and rage on both sides of the border.

Myanmar army started a crack-down on Rohingya militants on 25 August past year following insurgent attacks on security posts, triggering an exodus of Muslims from the Rakhine state to Bangladesh. Refugees have accused soldiers of committing killings, rapes, and arson in their villages.

After increasing violence targeted towards the Rohingya by the Myanmar security forces peaked a year ago, this sparked a mass exodus to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Under the physical arrangement, a family will be considered as a unit.

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He added: "If they had to take the Rohingyas back, then why did they drive them away?"

Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as they tried to seize a government office, in unrest that left seven dead and injured around a dozen more, police said. The Bangladeshis can not pronounce or write the spelling of the Myanmar villages.

Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh delegation while Permanent Secretary Myint Thu led the Myanmar side at the consultation.

The statement said that Myanmar had reiterated its commitment to stop outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh.

Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya Muslims targeted for repatriation after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, as Myanmar and Bangladesh meet to discuss how to implement a repatriation deal. "They should return our land and also rebuild our homes", he said.

The two governments have formed two working groups - one focusing on verification of returnees and the other on arranging for their return.

The military denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces had mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations. The Bangladesh government refused to issue birth certificates to Rohingya babies who are born into refugee camps, so technically, they do not exist.

"UNCHR and our partners need urgent, unhindered access in Rakhine state, in order to assess the situation and provide support to those in need", UNCHR spokesman Andrej Mahecic said in Geneva.

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