First Rohingya family repatriated in Myanmar despite United Nations concerns


According to the United Nations chief, the assaults were allegedly perpetrated by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw in connivance with the local militias, in the course of military "clearance" operations in October 2016 and August 2017.

A Facebook post on the official page of Burma's Information Committee appears to show the family getting health checks and receiving packages of rice, mosquito netting and blankets.

The five members of a family... came back to Taungpyoletwei town repatriation camp in Rakhine state this morning.

Bangladesh and Myanmar vowed to begin repatriation in January but the plan has been repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation.

According to the Rohingya Blogger, however, the individuals in the photos are the family members of the administrator of Taung Pyo Latya, the designated entry point for returning refugees.

The stateless Muslim minority have been massing in squalid refugee camps across the border in Bangladesh since the Myanmar army launched a brutal campaign against the community in northern Rakhine state in August.

It is being said, the family members were issued National Verification Cards (NVCs) upon entering Myanmar.

A newly arrived Rohingya refugee mother feeds her daughter at a transit camp in Nayaprar refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Blogger site said that when the plan did not work, the family returned to Myanmar, where they were portrayed as "returnees".

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Myanmar authorities have since bulldozed over numerous charred villages, raising alarm from rights groups who say they are erasing evidence of atrocities and obscuring the Rohingya's ties to the country.

Separately, Andrea Giorgetta from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) told AFP that the repatriation announcement is "a public relations exercise in an attempt to deflect attention from the need for accountability for crimes committed in Rakhine State".

Many have refused to take part in repatriation until they receive guarantees about their rights and citizenship.

A new United Nations report puts Myanmar's armed forces on a United Nations blacklist for carrying out rapes and other acts of sexual violence. "The repatriated Rohingya family did not reach Bangladesh as they used to live on no-man's land", Kamal said while talking to reporters this noon.

During the visit, Win announced that Myanmar is ready for the repatriation of Rohingya.

Since August previous year, more than half a million Rohingya have undertaken perilous journeys to Bangladesh to flee persecution and violence in Burma.

On Saturday the UN's refugee agency said in a statement that conditions are not yet conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees.

Doctors Without Borders says the violence claimed at least 6,700 Rohingya lives in the first month alone.