‘Halt rushed Ro­hingya repa­tri­a­tion,’ UN urges Myan­mar, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh and Myan­mar agreed to start repa­tri­at­ing Ro­hingya to Rakhine state in Novem­ber.

Bangladesh and Myan­mar should drop plans to start repa­tri­at­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ro­hingya refugees to Rakhine State as they face a “high risk of per­se­cu­tion”, a top United Na­tions’ hu­man rights in­ves­ti­ga­tor has warned. More than 700,000 Ro­hingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from west­ern Myan­mar af­ter a sweep­ing mil­i­tary crack­down in Au­gust 2017. On Oc­to­ber 30, Bangladesh and Myan­mar agreed to be­gin the re­turn of the refugees in mid-Novem­ber but the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, said con­di­tions in Rakhine State were “not yet con­ducive for re­turns”. “I urge the govern­ments of Bangladesh and Myan­mar to halt these rushed plans for repa­tri­a­tion,” Yanghee Lee, UN spe­cial rap­por­teur on hu­man rights in Myan­mar, said on Tues­day, call­ing on the coun­try to grant the Ro­hingya their long-sought right to cit­i­zen­ship, free­dom of move­ment and ac­cess to pub­lic ser­vices. Myan­mar does not con­sider the Ro­hingya a na­tive eth­nic group. Many in the Bud­dhist­ma­jor­ity coun­try call the Ro­hingya “Ben­galis”, sug­gest­ing they be­long in Bangladesh.

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