Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

Bangladesh on Mon­day re­jected a claim by Myan­mar that the Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity na­tion had repa­tri­ated the first five among some 700,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lim refugees who fled to the neigh­bor­ing coun­try to es­cape mil­i­tary-led vi­o­lence against the mi­nor­ity group. A Myan­mar gov­ern­ment state­ment said Satur­day that five mem­bers of a fam­ily had re­turned to west­ern Rakhine state from the bor­der area. It said the fam­ily was stay­ing tem­porar­ily with rel­a­tives in Maung­daw town, the ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­ter close to the bor­der. The state­ment said au­thor­i­ties deter­mined whether they had lived in Myan­mar and pro­vided them with a na­tional ver­i­fi­ca­tion card. The card is a form of ID, but does not mean cit­i­zen­ship— some­thing Ro­hingya have been de­nied in Myan­mar, where they’ve faced per­se­cu­tion for decades. /

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