Myan­mar says poised to take back ‘ver­i­fied’ Ro­hingya

Global Times - - World -

Myan­mar is poised to be­gin “ver­i­fy­ing” how many of the near half a mil­lion Ro­hingya refugees to Bangladesh it will take back, the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion said Thurs­day, nam­ing land and sea points in the restive Rakhine state for their re­turn.

Some 480,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled Rakhine for Bangladesh since Au­gust 25, when mil­i­tant at­tacks on sparked an army cam­paign that the UN says was tan­ta­mount to “eth­nic cleans­ing.”

The new ar­rivals are liv­ing in in­creas­ingly des­per­ate con­di­tions in over-crowded rain­bat­tered camps, re­liant on a trickle of aid.

Bangladesh, which al­ready hosted hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ro­hingya be­fore the lat­est cri­sis, has led the global cho­rus call­ing on Myan­mar to take back the Ro­hingya and guar­an­tee their safety.

But it is un­clear how many Ro­hingya, who num­bered around 1 mil­lion in Myan­mar be­fore Au­gust 25, will be el­i­gi­ble for re­turn to a coun­try that does not rec­og­nize them as cit­i­zens.

Many oth­ers are un­will­ing to move back to charred vil­lages and com­mu­ni­ties cut by com­mu­nal hate in Rakhine.

Last week Myan­mar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her coun­try will repa­tri­ate those who meet a strict set of cri­te­ria set be­tween the two coun­tries in 1993, when tens of thou­sands of Ro­hingya were repa­tri­ated hav­ing fled Myan­mar au­thor­i­ties.

Ver­i­fi­ca­tion will be car­ried out “soon” on Myan­mar’s soil at two bor­der points, the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion said in a Face­book state­ment.

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