Myanmar plans to extradite extremist terrorists from Bangladesh

Myanmar plans to extradite extremist terrorists from Bangladesh

Myanmar plans to extradite extremist terrorists from Bangladesh

"The Rohingya are still fleeing to Bangladesh because they are afraid to live there".

The agreement follows a pact between the countries in November paving the way for repatriations from January 23, a deadline that is likely to slip given the logistical challenges of the cross-border operation.

Many aid agencies and human rights organizations expressed serious reservations about the premature nature of this accord.

Amnesty International has described the case as "a vicious system of state-sponsored, institutionalised discrimination that amounts of apartheid".

Earlier in December past year, Myanmar Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye said a group of 450 Hindu refugees will be allowed back across the border to Burma on 22 January as the first step in the repatriation process.

Guterres said it was essential that the returns be voluntary and that the Rohingyas are allowed to return to their original homes not to camps.

Bangladesh state media reported on Wednesday that the first batch of Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar next week.

"I am sceptical whether they will be able to start the repatriation properly with the Physical Arrangement that was signed between the two countries", he said.

More than 740,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh amid violence in Rakhine state in 2016 and 2017.

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The 100,000 refugees targeted for the first wave of repatriation are among about 1 million Rohingyas sheltering at cramped and squalid refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh, who fled cycles of violence in neighboring Rakhine state.

"It remains unclear whether efforts by the UNHCR - or any other independent agency - to engage have been successful".

"We don't yet have details of the modalities of the agreement, but we are to implement it". "At the end of the day they will go where they are told to go".

A spokesperson from the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), however, said the Rohingya should only return voluntarily when they feel it is safe to do so.

Recently, Somali refugees in Kenya have been encouraged, cajoled and induced to repatriate by threats of camp closure, reduced assistance levels and increased indebtedness.

Refugees who crossed the border reported mass killings, gang rapes and arson, prompting the United Nations and rights groups to accuse Myanmar's army of possible crimes against humanity.

"By not giving me access to Myanmar and by refusing to co-operate with the mandate, my task is made that much more hard, but I will continue to obtain first-hand accounts from victims and witnesses of human rights violations by all means possible", she said. "They took all our possessions, crops and cattle".

Further cause for concern can be found in the negotiation of the 2018 Global Compact on Refugees.

Rights group Amnesty International called the plan "premature", and that "returning so soon will be a terrifying prospect" for many Rohingya.

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