Bangladesh: Myanmar proposes Rohingya refugee return

Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked both the parties, the Centre and the two Rohingya Muslim refugees who have filed the petition, to compile all documents and global conventions for assisting the court. He trekked to Bangladesh as part of an exodus of a half million people from Myanmar, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades. The government, however, blames the Rohingya for the violence, claiming the Muslims set fire to their own homes. The UN has previously reported that increasingly isolated Muslim communities in Rakhine are receiving regular threats from ethnic Rakhine Buddhists to leave the area.

Diplomats and other INGOs accompanied them on the trip, which was delayed from last week.

The two governments have agreed to come up with a plan to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees who've fled a bloody crackdown by the Myanmar military.

The WFP has distributed rice to some 460,000 refugees, and has also been providing high-energy biscuits to more than 200,000 people as an emergency measure when they arrive in the settlements and at border crossing points, according to Haq.

Vijay added that the Hindu community were paying the price of being loyal to Myanmar's territorial integrity and for living peacefully.

Republican Guard Major General Issam Zahreddine, referring to Syrians who have fled the ongoing violence, said on state television, "if you know what's good for you, none of you will return".

Myanmar will consider taking back only those Rohingya refugees who have fled the country in the past year, a senior Bangladeshi official said Tuesday.

Amina Katu, 60, laughed at the thought of returning.

Up to 60 percent of the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are estimated to be children, he said.

Grandi said the solution to the plight of the Rohingya is to grant them citizenship and work to stamp out poverty in Rakhine State.

The Bangladesh minister said that the Rohingya refugees would be verified by the joint working group, with the United Nations not involved.

The government maintains that there have been no armed clashes or security operations in the region since September 5, and has accused Muslim militants of setting Rohingya villages ablaze and arresting and killing more than 50 ethnic Hindus living in local villages.

The RAB chief said the hostages included seven women, five men and eight children.

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