Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Myanmar makes offer to take back Rohingya refugees

Myanmar makes offer to take back Rohingya refugees

Myanmar seemed to have forgotten those agreements.

An online petition launched on Change.org that calls for the revocation of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's 1991 Nobel Peace Prize has already accrued 366,000 signatures, PressTV reported.

But no details of the planned repatriation were given by Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H Mahmood Ali, and there was widespread scepticism over whether any of the more than 800,000 Muslim Rohingya now in Bangladesh would return.

Another MoU was signed between Myanmar authorities and the UNHCR on November 5, 1993 to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Myanmar nationals who were in UNHCR-assisted camps in Bangladesh. Myanmar officials, however, deny such accusations, arguing that their efforts have been to battle against Rohingya "terrorists" who continually attack security forces.

"If refugees are sent back forcibly, they will certainly face torture and might face possible death".

But, civilians who crossed the border said otherwise. Over the last 69 years, wave after wave of brutal ethnic cleansing left them homeless.

Cavusoglu assured the country's support to Rohingya Muslims by providing them food and other facilities.

"Union of India in its affidavit has raised the issue of justiciability".

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Home Minister R. Lalzirliana on Sunday said that the State government has not received any report of even a single Rohingya entering its soil till date.

"Fruitful discussion was also held on security cooperation (in the meeting) when Bangladesh reiterated its zero tolerance policy against all sorts of terrorism", Ali said.

Asked about a possible timeframe for the working group's formation, he said, "We need to wait but let's start the discussion". No timeframe has been set.

A working group is being composed to begin drawing up the plans.

Suu Kyi - who has been routinely criticised for failing to intervene - said in a speech last month Myanmar would take back verified refugees.

The Rohingya can rightly be called as the world's most "persecuted minority".

She also made a five-point charter of demands, including full implementation of Kofi Annan Commission report, when she addressed the 72 United Nations General Assembly in NY last month.

The government maintains that there have been no armed clashes or security operations in the region since September 5, and has accused Muslim militants of setting Rohingya villages ablaze and arresting and killing more than 50 ethnic Hindus living in local villages.

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