Alahednews
english.alahednews.com.lb
Al-Ahed Telegram
SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Iran, Forbids Seizure of Persian Artifacts Facebook, Instagram Went Down around US, Europe & Asia Trump Violating Human Rights, Amnesty International Says Bangladesh Accelerates Plan to Place Rohingyas on an Isolated Island Finnish Self-Tests to Go ’Nano a Nano’ With Viral Infections, Stress Arab MK: Saudi Arabia ’In Alliance’ With the ’Israeli’ Right, Doesn’t Want Netanyahu’s Downfall Trump Suggests Armed Teachers Could Prevent School Massacres N Korea is Sending High-Level Delegation to Olympics Closing Ceremony Yemen Crisis: 66 People Died of Diphtheria, WHO Reports US-Led Coalition Strikes Kill 12 Civilians in Syria’s Deir Ezzor #Facebook, #Instagram Down: #US, #Europe & #Asia Hit by Major Outage - Users #Kremlin: #Russia, Allies Not Responsible For Situation in #Syria's #Ghouta #Gaza: #Cyber Attack Downs Communication Networks, Bans nearby Settlements from Sending, Receiving Calls Court in #Bahrain sentences prominent activist #NabeelRajab to 5 years in prison over tweets #Erdogan: #Turkey will lay siege to #Syria's #Afrin in coming days Sayyed #Nasrallah: Minister Mohammed #Fneish will be in the next government and thus he is not among our #parliamentary candidates Sayyed #Nasrallah: As a result of the burdens on the deputies and the ministers, we will work to distribute the weight of responsibilities Sayyed #Nasrallah: After the finalization of the lists, we will announce the names of the friends who will be backed by #Hezbollah Medium Intensity Earthquake Shakes SW #Mexico, Scaring Residents #Zarif: No one in the #Gulf can dominate this region and we should work together
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Asia-Pacific » More from Asian States

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Rohingya Crisis: More Muslims Flee To Bangladesh despite Repatriation Deal
Local Editor

Rohingya refugees are continuing to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh, even after the two countries said they will begin repatriating members of the minority group next week, a Bangladesh official said Friday.

Rohingya Muslims

Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims poured into Bangladesh after Myanmar's military launched a brutal crackdown against them in August.

More than 100 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh in the past two days, according to Mohammed Mikaruzzaman, a top official in Bangladesh's Ukhiya sub-district, where the refugees are living in sprawling camps.

Mikaruzzaman would not say why the latest refugees fled, but the Bangladeshi media has said some reported being forced by the Myanmar military to work without pay and food. The Associated Press could not independently verify those allegations.

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement in November on repatriating Rohingya refugees, and officials said earlier this week that some would return to Myanmar beginning next Tuesday. The process is expected to take about two years.

However, it's unclear if there will be more than a handful of symbolic repatriations. Mikaruzzaman said very few preparations had been made.

"I have visited some border points to see the possible routes for repatriation over last few days, but we have not finalized anything yet," he said, calling it a "huge task" to coordinate among government departments, international agencies and the Rohingya.

Many Rohingya have expressed fears about going back to Myanmar.

A statement issued Thursday by nearly two dozen Rohingya organizations around the world demanded security guarantees for the refugees and their property before they return. The statement said there had been "no change of attitude of the Myanmar government and its military toward Rohingya."

Under the November agreement, Rohingya will need to provide evidence of their residency in Myanmar in order to return - something many do not have.

Rohingya Muslims are denied citizenship in Myanmar, along with many basic rights, though many have lived in the predominately Buddhist country for generations. They are widely seen as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

In Myanmar, a top official insisted the repatriations would begin as planned, with the paperwork for the first 1,100 refugees already finished in both countries.

"These refugees can be sent on Jan. 23 because they are already verified to come back," said Win Myat Aye, the minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement.

Rohingya began fleeing to Bangladesh when Myanmar's military launched a crackdown after a militant group attacked police posts. Myanmar's army described it as "clearance operations" against "terrorists," but the United Nations and the US have called it "ethnic cleansing."

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

19-01-2018 | 15:42


Name
E-Mail
Comment Title
Comment
Human Verification


News Coverage

Related News

Search
To Top