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17 Jan 2018

UN’s Guterres questions Rohingya repatriation

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The UN Secretary-General has joined a chorus of international concern over an agreement to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, starting next week. Antonio Guterres has said it is important that the returns are voluntary and that the deal should not simply result in refugees being moved from camps in Bangladesh to camps in Myanmar. Many Rohingya, who’ve been driven from their homes in a campaign that the UN has called “textbook ethnic cleansing”, say they would rather die in the refugee camps than go back to Myanmar.