UN refugee agency cautions against repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned warning the government of Myanmar

Monday against the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to the Rakhine State in northern Myanmar.

The UNHCR urged the government to allow the Rohingya refugees to “go and see the conditions in Myanmar for themselves” before they decide whether it is safe enough to return. The UNHCR stressed that “Myanmar authorities should allow these refugees to undertake such go-and-see visits without prejudice to their right to return at a later date, if indeed the refugees decide after the visits that the current conditions in Rakhine State would not allow them to return in safety and dignity.”

The UNHCR stated that it “does not believe current conditions in Rakhine State are conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees,” but that it is committed to supporting Myanmar’s effort to create those conditions.

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