Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar says first refugee family returns

Latest news

    A Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 19, 2017.Image copyright Reuters
    Image caption In neighbouring Bangladesh, sprawling camps house a city-sized population of refugees

    Myanmar says it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh, despite a UN warning that it is not safe to return.

    Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled across the border to escape a brutal military campaign that began last August.

    The UN has accused Myanmar of “ethnic cleansing” – a charge it denies.

    Myanmar says five members of a family arrived at a “repatriation camp” on Saturday, and were provided with supplies and ID cards.

    If confirmed, this would be the first group of Rohingya repatriated to Myanmar since the crisis began.

    The Myanmar government says it has been engaged in a justified campaign against Rohingya militants in Rakhine state.

    Earlier this month, it sentenced seven soldiers to prison terms for involvement in the killing of 10 Rohingya men.

    Refugees fleeing the country into neighbouring Bangladesh, however, said that such acts were widespread – describing indiscriminate killings, rape, and the burning of villages.

    The Rohingya are a mostly Muslim minority ethnic group in Myanmar. They are not recognised by the state, which denies them citizenship and considers them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

    Media playback is unsupported on your device

    Media captionWatch: Drone footage from the DEC shows the extent of sprawling camps on the Bangladesh border

    Photos released by Myanmar authorities on Saturday showed what it called a “Muslim” family receiving National Verification Cards. The state does not use the word Rohingya.

    The card is a form of ID that does not grant citizenship, and has been rejected by Rohingya leaders in the Bangladesh camps.

    On Saturday, just a day before Myanmar’s announcement of the Rohingya family’s arrival, the UN refugee agency warned that conditions in Myanmar were “not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified, and sustainable”.

    “Refugees in Bangladesh have said that before considering return to Myanmar, they would need to see concrete progress in relation to their legal status and citizenship, security, and their ability to enjoy basic rights at home in Rakhine State,” the agency said.

    While refugee camps in Bangladesh continue to receive new arrivals in small numbers, Myanmar claims it is ready to receive returnees.

    But the UN insists it Myanmar’s responsibility to the Rohingya goes beyond “the preparation of physical infrastructure to facilitate logistical arrangements”.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43772364

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43772364

    In the same category are

    FA Cup: Sanchez levels for Man Utd against Tottenham Paul Pogba crosses for Alexis Sanchez who guides his header past Tottenham keeper Michel Vorm to level for Manchester United.Watch video and text cove...
    FA Cup: Dele Alli fires Spurs into an early lead in their semi-final against Man Utd Dele Alli fires Spurs into an early lead in their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.Watch video and text coverage of the FA Cup semi-final b...
    Sunderland 1-2 Burton Albion Burton striker Darren Bent scores against his old club to a chorus of boos, before Liam Boyce won itSunderland were relegated for the second season i...
    Sunderland 1-2 Burton Albion Burton striker Darren Bent scores against his old club to a chorus of boos, before Liam Boyce won itSunderland were relegated for the second season i...
    First Titanic menu fetches £100k at auction Image copyright PA Image caption The menu was owned by Second Officer Charles Lightoller, the highest ranking surviving officer from the Titanic A...
    Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori to meet in final Rafael Nadal has won 13 matches in a row on clay, not losing on the surface since last year's Rome Open against Dominic ThiemRafael Nadal produced an...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *