Myan­mar An­nounces Re­turn of First Ro­hingya Fam­ily


RANGOON (Dis­patches) - Myan­mar’s gov­ern­ment said it has repa­tri­ated the first fam­ily of Ro­hingya refugees, among the 700,000 who fled a bru­tal crack­down, but the move was slammed by rights groups as a pub­lic­ity stunt which ig­nored warn­ings over the se­cu­rity of re­turnees. The state­less Mus­lim mi­nor­ity has been mass­ing in squalid refugee camps across the bor­der in Bangladesh since the Myan­mar army launched a ruth­less cam­paign against the com­mu­nity in north­ern Rakhine state last Au­gust. The United Na­tions says the oper­a­tion amounts to eth­nic cleans­ing, but Myan­mar has de­nied the charge, say­ing its troops tar­geted Ro­hingya mil­i­tants.

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