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UN says Burma not ready for return of Rohingya refugees

THE most senior United Nations official to visit Burma this year said the country is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, following accusations of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to Bangladesh. “From what I’ve seen and heard from people – no access to health services, concerns about protection, continued displacements – conditions are not conducive to return,” Ursula Mueller, UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said after a six-day visit to Burma. The Burmese government has previously pledged to do its best to make sure repatriation under an agreement signed with Bangladesh in November would be “fair, dignified and safe”. SEE ALSO: Canada should take the lead against ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burma  Burma has so far verified several hundred Rohingya Muslim refugees for possible repatriation. The group would be “the first batch” of refugees and could come back to Burma “when it was convenient for...

 

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