For the first time since Myanmar’s military crackdown last year that led to almost 700,000 Rohingya fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh, a government minister has visited a refugee camp.
Win Myat Aye, Myanmar’s social welfare minister, provoked anger when he reportedly told a group of about 40 Rohingya that if they were to return to Myanmar, they must accept national verification cards and state they were migrants from Bangladesh.
The refugees at the Kutupalong camp in the border city of Cox’ Bazar say they belong to Myanmar. They gave the minister a list of 13 demands they want met before they return home.
Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin their repatriation in January, but there were delays because of safety concerns.
So how will the govenrment respond and how committed is it to resolving the crisis?
Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault.
Shelley Thakral – spokesperson, World Food Programme
Tun Khin – president, Burmese Rohingya Organisation, UK
Laura Haigh – Amnesty International’s Myanmar researcher
Source: Al Jazeera News