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Friday, October 12, 2018

Rohingya family makes rare return to Myanmar

AFP :
A Rohingya family of five has returned to Myanmar from Bangladesh, sources said Thursday, a rare development while a large-scale repatriation deal remains stalled.
More than 720,000 of Myanmar's stateless Muslim minority fled a brutal military crackdown in August last year, taking shelter in crowded camps in Bangladesh.
There they recounted tales of rape, murder and arson as villages in Rakhine state were burned to the ground.
United Nations investigators have said senior Myanmar military officials should be prosecuted for genocide, but the country has rejected these calls, insisting it was defending itself against militants.
Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal to bring back the Rohingya but many fear returning without guaranteed rights such as citizenship, access to healthcare and freedom of movement.
Authorities in Myanmar say more than 100 displaced Rohingya have returned in recent months