First camp for Rohingya refugees returning to Burma will open next week

Rakhine State residents arrive at the hospital in Sittwe Myanmar after getting injured by the police in a demonstration Tuesday evening. — Reuters

Seven people have been killed and 12 injured by Myanmar police when it opened fire on demonstrators with live bullets in Rakhine State.

According to the agreement, which was finalised in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, a two-year deadline has been set for the repatriation of the Rohingyas.

There is a "grave risk" in plans for repatriation for Rohingya refugees to Myanmar without the understanding of their legal status, destination and willingness to return, a parliament committee report said.

The agreement did not specify when the process would begin but said Myanmar would provide temporary shelter for those returning and later build houses for them.

But ethnic Rakhine, many of whom are poor and marginalised, have a long-standing enmity with the Myanmar state which is dominated by ethnic Bamar.

High Commissioner Muazzem Ali thanked the OIC for sponsoring a United Nations resolution against Myanmar in last November on the Rohingya issue.

"That's completely counterproductive", Nauert said while responding to a question on the agreement reached between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the repatriation of the Rohingyas. "So it has to be safe and voluntary", she said.

Ali said the displacement of Rohingya people from Myanmar has soured relations between the two countries.

United States Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the UN refugee agency United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was consulted but it's very important the agency is fully involved to guarantee the repatriation adheres to worldwide standards.

The Bangladesh statement said "Myanmar has reiterated its commitment to stop (the) outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh".

The Rohingya crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts on August 25 in the western state of Rakhine triggered a fierce military response that the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing.

Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces had mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

State-run media in Burma reported on Monday the 124-acre Hla Po Khaung camp will accommodate about 30,000 people in 625 buildings and that at least 100 buildings are to be completed by the end of the month. This is a clear case of excessive use of force in violation of the right to life.

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