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Rohingyas Stuck in Limbo As Officials Debate Repatriation

Since Aug 25, over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh, joining over 300,000 refugees fleeing military violence raised since the early 1990s.

After almost five months, Bangladeshi and Myanmar officials are expected to sign an “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State”, setting the tone for a major repatriation of the 620,000 Rohingya refugees.

“What we’re trying to do is to sign an MoU that will enable us to start the repatriation of all those refugees who’ve gone over the border,” said Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Officials are expected to sign the agreement Thursday which will allow for a "voluntary, safe and dignified"return of the thousands of religious asylum seekers from Bangladesh.

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After almost five months, Bangladeshi and Myanmar officials are expected to sign an “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State”, setting the tone for a major repatriation of the 620,000 Rohingya refugees.
After almost five months, Bangladeshi and Myanmar officials are expected to sign an “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State”, setting the tone for a major repatriation of the 620,000 Rohingya refugees. Photo:Reuters
The announcement comes amid a continued onslaught of international criticism, the most recent arriving from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who echoed the U.N., calling the Myanmar’s organized aggressions an “ethnic cleansing.”
The announcement comes amid a continued onslaught of international criticism, the most recent arriving from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who echoed the U.N., calling the Myanmar’s organized aggressions an “ethnic cleansing.” Photo:Reuters
Mohammed Shoaib, 7, who was shot in his chest before crossing the border from Myanmar in August, shows his injury outside a medical centre after seeing a doctor, at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox
Mohammed Shoaib, 7, who was shot in his chest before crossing the border from Myanmar in August, shows his injury outside a medical centre after seeing a doctor, at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo:Reuters
The Myanmar army released a report reporting that there have been "no deaths of innocent people," but they executed 379 “terrorists” during a series of attacks in August.
The Myanmar army released a report reporting that there have been "no deaths of innocent people," but they executed 379 “terrorists” during a series of attacks in August. Photo:Reuters
Since Aug 25, over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh, joining over 300,000 refugees fleeing military violence raised since the early 1990s.
Since Aug 25, over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh, joining over 300,000 refugees fleeing military violence raised since the early 1990s. Photo:REuters
“Some of what we were seeing was almost (Islamic State-group)-type crimes, beheadings and the cutting of throats of young children,” said Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
“Some of what we were seeing was almost (Islamic State-group)-type crimes, beheadings and the cutting of throats of young children,” said Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Photo:Reuters
A Rohingya refugee boy gets a haircut at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox
A Rohingya refugee boy gets a haircut at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo:Reuters
Reuters photographers help a Rohingya refugee woman to come out of Naf river as Rohingya refugees cross the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh.
Reuters photographers help a Rohingya refugee woman to come out of Naf river as Rohingya refugees cross the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo:Reuters
The refugee camps in Bangladesh are overflowing and many are forced to live in informal settlements, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reported.
The refugee camps in Bangladesh are overflowing and many are forced to live in informal settlements, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reported. Photo:Reuters
A Rohingya Muslim man holds a baby as they wait to cross the border to go to Bangladesh, in a temporary camp outside Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar.
A Rohingya Muslim man holds a baby as they wait to cross the border to go to Bangladesh, in a temporary camp outside Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar. Photo:Reuters
Pope Francis will meet with the Myanmar military chief and the Rohingya Muslims during his regional tour in December to make plain his disapproval of continued governmental militarized aggression.
Pope Francis will meet with the Myanmar military chief and the Rohingya Muslims during his regional tour in December to make plain his disapproval of continued governmental militarized aggression. Photo:Reuters
Nearly 600,000 Rohingya, who have been displaced from the Rakhine state in the exodus described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" by the U.N.
Nearly 600,000 Rohingya, who have been displaced from the Rakhine state in the exodus described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" by the U.N. Photo:Reuters
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