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UN, Bangladesh refute Myanmar claims of Rohingya repatriation

The United Nations and Bangladesh questioned claims by Mynamar that the Rohingya refugee repatriation process had started, reports CNN.

A statement released on Saturday by Myanmar claiming that it had repatriated the first Rohingya family from refugees who fled to Bangladesh, was refuted by both the UN and Bangladesh.

Shortly after Myanmar’s statement, the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency said in a on Sunday that it had no direct knowledge of that case and was not consulted or involved in the alleged return.

Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Abul Kalam said,

“The family who went to Myanmar is part of around 6,000 Rohingya living in the no-man’s land camp, on the Myanmar side of the zero line. Since the family never entered Bangladesh territory, this is not repatriation. By definition this is not an official repatriation.”

According to an agreement signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh the Rohingya refugee resettlement process should have in January.

The US and UN have called the described the treatment of the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar as ethnic cleansing.