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

22 January 2018

Our team of physicians recently conducted forensic evaluations of Rohingya survivors in Bangladesh and we found that many women and children had sustained gunshots, stab wounds, burns, and other intentional injuries - including, reportedly, mass rape - that are inconsistent with any legitimate "anti-terror" operations.

A spokesperson from the un high commission for refugees said Myanmar also needed to address the underlying causes of the crisis and that refugees should only return when they feel it is safe for them.

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. The clash is feared to hamper projected repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees from neighboring Bangladesh.

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

Earlier on November 23, the two countries signed a repatriation deal amid global outcry against military crackdown on the Rohingya in Rakhine that forced over 655,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh since August 25 previous year. "Hundreds of thousands of children are already living in horrific conditions, and they will face an even greater risk of disease, flooding, landslides and further displacement", Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF representative in Bangladesh, said in a statement.

A group of refugees at the Kutupalong Rohingya camp near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh expressed doubt about the camps Myanmar has agreed to establish on its side of the border.

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Speaking to SkyNews, Twigg said: "We need massive reassurances before there can be any suggestion of refugees returning and any return must be genuinely voluntary".

In the November agreement, Burma's civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, pledged to take measures to halt the outflow of Rohingya to Bangladesh and restore normalcy in the region.

Officials plan to start the repatriation process from January 23.

State-run media in Myanmar reported on Monday that a camp is being prepared that can accommodate about 30,000 people in 625 buildings, and that at least 100 buildings will be completed by the end of the month.

"Security forces asked them to disperse and fired warning shots with rubber bullets. but they didn't stop, so police had to use real bullets", Myanmar police spokesman Colonel Myo Soe told AFP.

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