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Bangladesh, Myanmar form joint working group for Rohingya repatriation

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Written by brcaau Monday, 25 December 2017 14:38

Myanmar and Bangladesh have formed a 30-member Joint Working Group (JWG) that will oversee the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees.

Delegations from both the countries sat in a meeting at the state guesthouse Meghna around 8:10am today and formed the crucial JWG with 15 each from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

From the Bangladesh side, the JWG will be headed by Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Huq and the Myanmar side will be headed by Permanent Secretary at Myanmar foreign ministry Myint Thu, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters after the meeting.

Although the repatriation process was supposed to start from January 21 as agreed on the deal signed by both countries on November 23, the repatriation is likely to begin from February, meeting sources said.

An agreed minute was signed after the four-hour long meeting in presence of the Bangladesh foreign minister.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Huq led a nine-member Bangladesh team while Permanent Secretary at Myanmar foreign ministry Myint Thu its six-member team during today’s meeting.

The agreed Terms of Reference (TOR) mandates the JWG to undertake all necessary measures to start the safe and voluntary return, resettlement and reintegration process of displaced Myanmar residents as envisaged in the “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State” signed by the Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, MP and U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister at the State Counsellor’s Office on November 23, 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw.

According to the TOR, the JWG will develop physical arrangement for return, which would include mechanism of verification, time schedule, transport and logistic arrangements, reception procedures, communication etc. to commence the repatriation process within the stipulated time frame mentioned in the “Arrangement”, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The JWG will assess the process and report to the respective governments quarterly.

The JWG shall involve assistance of the UNHCR and other mandated UN agencies and interested international partners in various stages of repatriation. The JWG shall ensure commencement of repatriation within two months of the signing of the “Arrangement”.

According to the repatriation deal signed between Dhaka and Naypyitaw on November 23, Myanmar has agreed to take necessary measures to halt the outflow of its residents to Bangladesh, restore normalcy in northern Rakhine and encourage those who had left Myanmar to return voluntarily and safely to their own households and original places of residence or to a safe place of their choice.

Around 10 lakh Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh, including about 660,000 who arrived in the country after August 25, when the Myanmar military launched a brutal crackdown in Rakhine.

 

Stop attacks on Rohingyas

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Written by brcaau Monday, 25 December 2017 14:15

The US House of Representatives has condemned the "ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas" and passed a resolution by a two-thirds voice vote "calling for an end to the attacks" against the Muslim minority in Myanmar.

 

Myanmar rebukes 'interfering' UN envoy

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:45 Written by brcaau Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:45

Yanghee Lee said displaced Rohingya were living in "abysmal" conditions in refugee camps

Myanmar has accused a top UN official of interfering in its internal affairs.

Myanmar accuses a top UN official of interfering in its internal affairs, after comments by Yanghee Lee on the Muslim Rohingya minority. Ms Lee had highlighted discrimination against Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. She also criticised draft laws proposed by nationalist Buddhist monks that include curbs on interfaith marriage and religious conversions. After her visit, she was described by a prominent nationalist monk as a "bitch" and a "whore".This prompted a strong reaction from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein, who called on Myanmar to condemn him.

Read more: Myanmar rebukes 'interfering' UN envoy

 

Three Rohingya women killed in Burma shooting

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Written by brcaau Friday, 07 June 2013 18:27

Three Rohingya women killed in Burma shooting

5 June 2013 Last updated at 12:00 GMT

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At least threewomen from the Rohingya minority were killed when police fired on protesters in Burma's Rakhine state.

The women - one of whom was pregnant - were protesting because the authorities were planning to move them to another temporary camp, local people said. Read more

 

Aung San Suu Kyi condemns Rohingya 'two-child policy'

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Written by brcaau Saturday, 01 June 2013 18:58

Aung San Suu Kyi condemns Rohingya 'two-child policy'

27 May 2013 Last updated at 16:09 GMT

Aung San Suu Kyi on 27 May

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has condemned a decision by local officials in Rakhinestate to enforce a "two-child policy" on Rohingya Muslims.

The ban has been in place since 1994, but officials recently began enforcing it in areas where they say the high birth rate is fuelling ethnic tension. Read more

   

The Rohingya

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Written by brcaau Saturday, 01 June 2013 18:55

The Rohingya

   

World's most oppressed people's plea to Australian Government

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Written by brcaau Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:22

World's most oppressed people's plea to Australian Government

Rohingya Muslims

You are denied citizenship, not allowed to go to university, and your people have suffered years of mass killings and violence to which the government has turned a blind eye.

Just this week, the government has slapped you with a restriction on childbirth that critics say is equivalent to ethnic cleansing.


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Written by brcaau Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:12

Rohingyas using fake passports to reach KSA

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Some of the Muslim Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh come to the Kingdom for employment with fake Bangladeshi passports, a senior Dhaka government official claimed.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told a group of visiting foreign journalists here that some of these refugees, who were trained in militancy, have been sent to countries such as the UK, India and to some Middle Eastern countries such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia for various purposes. Read more

   

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