Rohingya at Bangladesh camp resist repatriation plan to Myanmar

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"With an nearly complete lack of accountability, indeed with ongoing violations, returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar at this point effectively means throwing them back into the cycle of human rights violations that this community has been suffering for decades".

"We hope she'll be able to influence the government on the opinions expressed in the conference", he added. The Chittagonian workforce from areas in what is now present-day Bangladesh has a connection to the Rohingya, the analyst said, but so do a group that also shared similar features, and were there before colonial rule. "But we won't bear the responsibilities if they (Rohingyas) can not trust Myanmar's words", Kalam said. "They didn't really condemn her or Myanmar", he added.

Mr Volker said there were still about 125,000 stateless Rohingyas confined to internal displacement camps in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where refugees will be repatriated to.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has been advocating for the voluntary and sustainable repatriation of the refugees to their places of origin or choice. They can not move freely, with severely limited access to schools and hospitals. "This is the third time they are going back, the same thing will happen".

Community leaders said many on a Bangladesh repatriation list of 2,260 people had gone into hiding.

"They brutally tortured us", he said, breaking down in tears.

Bangladesh authorities would provide each of the returnee families essentials including rice, edible oil, salt and some clothing meet the need for three months so that they can adapt in the face of absence of assistance from the Myanmar side immediately after their return, officials said.

Bangladesh officials declined to say whether another attempt at repatriation would be made Friday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country would continue working with worldwide partners including the United Nations "to ensure that the Rohingya themselves are part of any decisions on their future".

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"Most of all, refugees tell us that they are afraid", said a statement from the International Rescue Committee, one of the nongovernmental organizations that signed the joint protest of the upcoming repatriation. They disagreed to return to their homes until questions of citizenship, legal rights and access to services, justice and restitution are addressed.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has revealed that most Asean leaders have rebuked Aung San Suu Kyi over the Myanmar regime's treatment of the Rohingyas, but in an indirect manner.

Rohingya Muslims Nurul Amin, 35, left, and Mohammed Selim, 23, whose names are on the first list to be repatriated back to Myanmar, talk to the Associated Press outside Jamtoli refugee camp, in Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Singapore, Pence told Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that he was anxious to hear about progress in resolving the crisis, which stems from a violent military crackdown in Rakhine that the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing".

"To be honest, Bangladesh is weak in following the physical arrangements", said Myint Thu, permanent secretary at Myanmar's foreign affairs ministry, at a media briefing, according to a Reuters report. "That's the responsibility of the government of Myanmar", Seppo said.

Over 723,000 members of the mostly Muslim minority fled to Bangladesh escaping a military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state in August 2017. Almost all have been denied citizenship since 1982, as well as access to education and hospitals. "These people are trying to survive as human beings with their rights, honor, and dignity with their freedom of religion, but they are being labeled as terrorists".

Even the people who will be affected the most, Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, are upset that their future, once again, is being decided without their input.

Refugees, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Cox's Bazar, Abul Kalam sent a list of Rohingya refugees to higher authority for next step which was verified by the UNHCR officials Tuesday and Wednesday. Marked by their religion and their language - most speak a dialect of Bengali, while most of their neighbors speak Rakhine - they are easy to target.


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