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Bangladesh to blame if Rohingya returns delayed, say Myanmar government

Rohingya refugees are hit with a stick to stay in their spot as they wait to receive relief aid at Kutupalong refugee camp, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Photo by: REUTERS/Susana Vera)

By: Sarwar Alam

Myanmar’s government on Sunday insisted any delays to the repatriation of Rohingya refugees would be the fault of Bangladesh, just four days ahead of the controversial planned start date. After repeated setbacks, the neighbouring countries declared that the first of more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims would be repatriated on November 15, even though international NGOs and the United Nations have said conditions are not yet in place for a safe return. More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar’s western Rakhine state in a military crackdown in August last year. Survivors brought with them testimony of widespread murder, rape, torture and arson…

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