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UN: Conditions in Myanmar ‘not conducive’ to Rohingya return

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

Conditions in Myanmar’s crisis-hit northern Rakhine state are “not conducive” to bringing back Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh, a senior UN official said, despite Myanmar’s insistence that it is ready for returnees. Some 700,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled since August to escape a bloody military crackdown that has left a trail of torched villages in its wake and allegations of murder and rape at the hands of troops and vigilantes. The army in the mainly Buddhist nation denies the allegations and casts its campaign as a legitimate response to Rohingya militant attacks on August 25 that killed…

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