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Hindu Rohingya excluded from repatriation: Myanmar

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 Hindu Rohingya excluded from repatriation: Myanmar

A Senior Myanmar official has accused the Dhaka government of excluding Hindu families who fled to Bangladesh from northern Rakhine State during last year’s violence from the repatriation list it submitted to Nay Pyi Taw. 

U Myint Thu, permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs, said that over 400 families living in cramped refugee camps in Bangladesh want to return home to northern Rakhine, but the Bangladesh government prioritises the repatriation of Muslim refugees.

“During our visit to Cox’s Bazar, we met with Hindu families who told us they wanted to return as soon as possible, but the Bangladesh government is not helping them,” he said.

U Soe Aung, head of Maungdaw Township’s government and a member of the joint working group for the repatriation, accused the Bangladesh government of not giving repatriation forms to Hindu families. 

The ministry said it urged Bangladesh to send back almost 500 Hindu families last year, but the repatriation has still not happened, reports The Myanmar Times.

The Maungdaw government said that over 1200 Hindus have lived in refugee camps in Maungdaw since last year, and more than 200 have been resettled in a new village.

U Ni Maul, a Hindu community leader who said he is in contact with Hindu families in Cox’s Bazar, said on Monday that Hindu families in Bangladesh accuse the government of refusing to allow them to fill out repatriation forms.

‘We met with Hindu families who told us they wanted to return as soon as possible.’ - U Myint Thu, MHe alleged that some Hindu families said they have been warned by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army not to return to northern Rakhine. 

“The government should repatriate them immediately,” U Ni Maul said.

ARSA launched deadly attacks on government outposts on August 25 last year, prompting massive retaliation by the Tatmadaw (military) against minority Muslims in northern Rakhine. Among the more than 700,000 Muslims who fled to

Bangladesh in the aftermath of the deadly violence were more than 5000 Hindus.

Earlier in the year, Amnesty International reported that ARSA killed dozens of Hindus in northern Rakhine. ARSA disputes the accusation. 

Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to repatriate the first batch of 2251 refugees from northern Rakhine on November 15 after a meeting of the joint working group in October, but the repatriation failed to materialise after some Muslim refugees held a protest to demand safety and citizenship guarantees from Myanmar.inistry of Foreign Affairs.

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