The Burmese Authority is building a camp that will be used to house about 30,000 Rohingya refugees repatriated from Bangladesh. This was disclosed when Myanmar and Bangladesh authorities held a meeting to discuss repatriation agreements.
Over 650,000 Rohingya refugees are now in Bangladesh refugee camps, after the Myanmar military staged a violent reported operation on August 25, 2017. The United Nations (UN) calls the military operation "leading to ethnic cleansing practices," but Myanmar repeatedly denied it.
As reported by Reuters Monday (15/1/2018), officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh held a meeting on Monday (15/1) to discuss repatriation agreements signed on November 23, 2017. This meeting was held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Myanmar national newspaper, Global New Light of Myanmar calls a camp in Hla Po Khaung, northern Rakhine, will be a temporary transitional camp for people who are 'systematically received' for repatriation.
Hla Po Khaung's 124-acre (501,000 square-meter) Hla Po Khaung area will accommodate 30 people in 625 buildings, "said the 19459013 Global New Light of Myanmar in its report. Mentioned that 100 buildings will be completed by the end of this January.
The Union Enterprises for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development also tells Reuters that the camp at Hla Po Khaung will be a 'transitional place' for Rohingya refugees before being repatriated to their place of origin. Union Enterprises for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development is a humanitarian body formed by Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
"We will try to accept all who come back to Myanmar," said the head of the humanitarian coordinator, Aung Tun Thet. Aung Tun Thet told that each refugee who was allowed to return to Rakhine would be sent to the assessment camp at Taungpyoletwei or Ngakhuya before being transferred to Hla Po Khaung camp.
Permanent secretary of Myanmar's Ministry of Social Welfare, Soe Aung, the returned people will spend 'two to three months' in Hla Po Khaung before their residence is completed.
It is not known how many Rohingya refugees who are eligible to be repatriated to Myanmar. The Burmese authorities have declared any refugee who wishes to return can apply for citizenship status. However, it is known that the Myanmar authorities have never recognized Rohingya as a citizen since 1982.
A number of Burmese officials have declared that as per the repatriation agreement, it will accept anyone who can show the identity documents released by the Myanmar government to them in the past .
(nvc / ita)