Bangladesh-Myanmar to Hold Meeting Meeting on Refugee Returns

Representatives of the Bangladesh authorities plan to meet with Myanmar authorities soon to discuss the return of Rohingya refugees. Known, since October 2016 thousands of Rohingya refugees are in the border area between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Reported by Reuters, the meeting was planned today (20/2). However, until now there has been no confirmation about the representative of Myanmar authorities who will meet Bangladesh.

"The meeting will discuss how to bring the refugees back to Myanmar," said Commissioner of Relief and Refugee Repatriation Bangladesh, Abul Kalam, Monday / 2/2018).

Though this repatriation effort was attempted as soon as possible, Kalam said it would not give a time limit for the refugees to return to Myanmar. He wanted the refugees to voluntarily return to his country.

Therefore, Kalam also asked Myanmar to create a conducive situation to welcome the return of its citizens.

"We can not force them to repatriate," he said.

that, the Myanmar authorities have declared only Rohingya refugees with national verification cards to be accepted back. In fact, the idea of ​​this card previously been rejected by the community leaders Rohingya. According to him, Myanmar seems to regard its citizens as immigrants.

One of the Rohingya community leaders, Dil Mohamed, called Myanmar should open with open arms all citizens who want to go home. In fact, the Myanmar government is obliged to compensate for any loss and damage caused by the conflict in Rakhine.

He also mentioned that the Myanmar government must ensure Rohingya refugees can return to their respective homes safely and fulfill all their basic rights as

"We want to return home safely, we need security and all our rights as citizens, including citizenship status," said Dil.

The return of Rohingya refugees received great attention from the Council UN Security for Refugees (UNHCR). The head of the UNHCR Public Information Center at the Rohingya camp, Cox's Bazar, believes Rakhine is not yet safe to return to the refugees' return.

"We encourage both countries to ensure their return is done with the consent of the refugees and done safely and honorably," he said. .

(tsa / rvk)

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US Tightens Refugee Examination of 11 Countries

The Trump Administration tightened refugee admissions into the United States by conducting a more rigorous examination of refugee backgrounds from the 11 high-risk countries that applied.

Officials refused to name the "high-risk" country when met with reporters on Monday (29/1), to announce the change. But what has been frequently reported by the media are: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

An official says one difference is there will be "more in-depth interviews "for refugees from these countries. The new measures, will only affect the countries on the list and may result in "decline" of the arrival of some immigrants. Many changes are expected to take place by the end of March, according to an official.

The US refugee program has undergone dramatic reductions. At the current acceptance rate, America will receive about 20,000 refugees in this fiscal year. That number will be the lowest since the program began in 1980.

US State Department data show, since October, when US officials reviewed the screening process for 11 high-risk countries, only a few refugees from these countries came. At the same time, the arrival rate of Muslim refugees dropped from 35 percent to 13 percent. [pm/jm]

US denies plane crash in Pakistan refugee camp

The United States has rejected Pakistan's claim that an American drone attack struck an Afghan refugee camp inside Pakistani territory.

The rebuttal was delivered on Thursday (25/1) a day after missiles fired from a drone aircraft struck a militant hideout which lies between the semi-autonomous region of Kurram and Hango district, both located in southwestern Pakistan.

The attack early Wednesday killed a commander of the Haqqani militant network and his two assistants.

"Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan on Wednesday (24/1) that American troops striking an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram is not true, "said a spokesman for the US Embassy in Pakistan without giving other details.

It is very rare for US officials to discuss operations aircraft in Pakistan and the results are open. [em/al]

No Want to Return to Myanmar, Rohingya Refugee Demo in Bangladesh

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees staged a protest in Bangladesh. They oppose a planned return to Myanmar. The Rohingyas demonstrating a slogan and carrying banners containing demands on citizenship status and security guarantees before they return to Rakhine, Myanmar (19459010), Friday (19/1/2018) .

This protest was held ahead of the visit of UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee to the Rohingya refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, southeast Bangladesh. At that location, about a million Rohingya refugees who fled from Rakhine, now live.

This week, the authorities of Bangladesh and Myanmar reached agreement on the return of about 750,000 Rohingya refugees arriving in October 2016. The repatriation effort will start as early as next week.

But in fact, most Rohingya refugees who live in crowded camps are not worthy in Bangladesh, do not want to go back to Rakhine.

Human rights groups and the UN themselves are calling for the repatriation or repatriation of Rohingya refugees to be voluntary, or to get approval from Rohingyas themselves.

Many Rohingya refugees are still worried about the situation in Myanmar. Particularly after the burning of Rohingya houses by the Myanmar army and ethnic Buddhists in Rakhine.

One Rohingya refugee named Mohibullah called the Myanmar government's claim of building a temporary camp to accommodate refugees returning to Rakhine, making him even more afraid to return.

"We want a secure zone in Arakan (Rakhine) before repatriation We want the UN peacekeeping forces in Arakan We want fundamental rights and citizenship We do not want unsecured repatriation," Mohibullah, the former teacher, told AFP via phone.

Bangladeshi police claim to be unaware of the protests of Rohingya refugees.

(nvc / ita)

An estimated 48,000 Rohingyas were born in refugee camps in 2018

A charity declares Rohingya babies born in refugee camps and emergency shelters this year, from the day of birth they will face increasing risks in disease, malnutrition and therefore die in toddlers

Rachael Cummings, Save the Children's health adviser, said refugee camps have poor sanitation and are a place for the spread of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and cholera, which are especially vulnerable to newborns. He said the conditions in the camps were heartbreaking for the children.

According to the charity, more than 48 thousand Rohingyas are expected to be born in Bangladesh this year.

Last month, a survey of children's agency The United Nations, UNICEF, revealed that up to 25 percent of under-five children in camps at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, suffer from acute malnutrition and nearly half of children there suffer from anemia. Forty percent of children have diarrhea and 60 percent suffer from acute respiratory infections

Save the Children manages a network of nine public health centers at Cox's Bazar with doctors, nurses and midwives. In addition, the charity also operates more than 50 child-friendly spaces, children's playgrounds and early educational programs for Rohingya children in camps. [uh]