Rohingya refugees oppose relocation to Myanmar

Rohingya refugees oppose relocation to Myanmar

Rohingya refugees oppose relocation to Myanmar

Bangladesh has reached an agreement with Myanmar to send back the around 750,000 refugees who have arrived since October 2016 over the next two years, a process set to begin as early as this week.

Around six Rohingya elders, who said they represented 40 villages from Myanmar's Rakhine state, showed their demands to a Reuters reporter at the refugee camp in Bangladesh's Kutupalong.

They also said to create environment with necessary development in Rakhine state so that Rohingyas feel safe and confident to return to Myanmar.

Dozens of refugees stood holding cloth banners opposing their transfer as United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee visited camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border over the weekend.

Two demands on the list emphasize that the Rohingya people be included as one of the country's ethnic minorities and be given citizenship, a measure that has always been denied by the Myanmar government.

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Diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Sunday laid emphasis on "safe, voluntary and dignified" return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar to make their return sustainable, reports UNB.

Amnesty International has said the plans to repatriate the Rohingya were "alarmingly premature" and warned that any "forcible returns would be a violation of international law".

And why would any of us want them to go back to uncertainty.

Police said they were unaware of the protests.

It wants the military held accountable for alleged killings, looting and rape and the release from jails of "innocent Rohingya" picked up in counter-insurgency operations.

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Bangladesh and Myanmar this week agreed to complete the return of the refugees over the next two years, with the process due to begin on Tuesday. Most of the 6,55,500 Rohingya refugees are staying at this camp. It asks that land once occupied by the refugees be returned to them and their homes, mosques and schools rebuilt.

It also wants Myanmar to stop listing people with their photographs as "terrorists" in state media and on government Facebook pages.

The current crisis erupted on August 25, when the Myanmar Army launched an operation in Rakhine, where around 1 million Rohingyas were living, in retaliation against an attack on multiple government outposts by a Rohingya insurgent group.

They said they fled out of hunger, after hiding in their homes for days, unable to go to work in the fields and forests that provided their livelihood.

Rakhine state Chief Minister Nyi Pu "insisted on completion of the finishing touches on buildings, medical clinics and sanitation infrastructures" during a visit to repatriation camps in the state on Friday, the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

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But there's little or no mention of citizenship, security or justice for hundreds of thousands of majority-Muslim Rohingya who say their lives have been destroyed.

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