Burma insists blaming Bangladesh if Rohingya returns delayed

International Desk|RNTv:

The government of Burma said,
it would be the fault of Bangladesh if the repatriation of Rohingya refugees could not be started in time. The warning came from the Burmese side in Yangoon on Sunday November 11, just four days ahead of the controversial planned start date.

Talking to the reporters in Yangoon, Social Welfare Minister of Burma Win Myat Aye also said that they were ready to accept the refugees on the assigned day. He said that it was down to other country(Bangladesh) to make sure they meet the deadline this week.The two neighbouring countries, Bangladesh and Burma after a repeated setbacks declared to start the repatriation of the first batch of 2,260 refugees on November 15, even though international NGO and United Nations have said conditions are not yet fit for a safe, dignified and voluntary return. The process also prompted criticism from a group of 42 aid agencies — including Oxfam, WorldVision and Save the Children — who say that it would be dangerous for them.The refugees are also reported to be fearful of going back to Arakan state without full guarantees of safety, freedom of movement and rights of citizenship.

The brutal military crack down of Burma in August last year drove more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from their ancestral land to take shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh. Survivors brought with them testimony of widespread murder, rape, torture and arson. UN based independent investigators have called for the country’s top military brass to be prosecuted for genocide at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over such crackdown against minority Muslims.