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Burma says some Rohingya returnees have volunteered, SE Asia News & Top Stories
Rangoon (AFP) - Myanmar says a dozen of Rohingya Muslims who have escaped to neighboring Bangladesh have volunteered to return and be sent to a headquarters until they are resettled. Almost 700,000 Rohingya mainly escaped from Buddhist Myanmar after a forceful attack by the military began in August last year in the west state of Rakhine, a trial that the US and the UN have described as ethnoclear.
Burma has agreed to withdraw it and has exchanged with Bangladesh allegations about who is to blame for the delays in the implementation of a readmission agreement. A long prosecuted stateless majority hesitated to come back without any guarantee of fundamental freedoms and protection, with the right to go back to their old communities and not to throughcamps.
Fifty-eight hundred Rohingya have returned to Myanmar after finding it "untenable" to be living in Bangladesh's asylum centres, according to a declaration released Monday in the state press by Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi. The people were arrested for not following due return proceedings until the ruling to "pardon" them and allow them to settle in Myanmar, according to the declaration that they would be "temporarily" accommodated in a temporary shelter.
Returners have come to Myanmar at various stadiums over the past four month, Suu Kyi spokesperson Zaw Htay said. Burma did not give any information about the members of the group and the Bangladeshi government said they did not know the specifics. "Bangladeshi Mohammad Abul Kalam, the AFP's Afghan Commissar for the Status of Migrants, said to the AFP: "We have never been informed of such events involving displaced persons who return to Rakhine from the camp at their own request or in consultation.
"Myanmar's government is engaged in saying to the rest of the planet that it is willing to accept Rohingya returners while its armed services continue to push them to Bangladesh," said UN Deputy Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour in March. It will be the first to be sent to a huge Myanmar side of the Bangladesh frontier as part of the return agreement concluded at the end of last year.
Rohingya are abused by many in Myanmar, where they are denounced as Bangladeshi illegals despite their long history in the state of Rakhine.