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Myanmar police kill seven ethnic Rakhine protesters

Myanmar police kill seven ethnic Rakhine protesters

More than 4,000 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported among the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, with a total of 32 deaths, including at least 24 children, said UNICEF.

There is a "grave risk" in plans for repatriation for Rohingya refugees to Myanmar without the understanding of their legal status, destination and willingness to return, a parliament committee report said.

"Before considering return to Myanmar, some Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have informed UNHCR staff that they would need to see positive developments in relation to their legal status and citizenship, the security situation in Rakhine state, and their ability to enjoy basic rights back home", it said.

The victims were members of the Rakhine ethnic group, many of whom have forced about 700,000 Rohingya out of their villages and into Bangladesh. Myanmar will then shelter the Rohingya in temporary accommodations while rebuilding houses for them.

A group of refugees at the Kutupalong Rohingya camp near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh expressed doubt about the camps Myanmar has agreed to establish on its side of the border.




Rohingyas continue entering Bangladesh due to continuing violence and brutality against them in Rakhine, says the statement that comes a day after Myanmar and Bangladesh signed terms of reference of physical arrangement in Nay Pyi Taw, on January 16. Anyone who fears persecution on return to Myanmar must be afforded the right to seek asylum in Bangladesh, consistent with global law.

"The health and safety of more than 520,000 Rohingya children living in overcrowded camps and informal settlements in Bangladesh is likely to be put at even greater risk ahead of upcoming cyclone and monsoon seasons", the United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

Communal tension between the Buddhist Rakhine population and Muslim Rohingya has risen sharply in recent years.

Since the November agreement, Myanmar's civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has pledged to take measures to halt the outflow of Rohingya to Bangladesh and restore normalcy in the Rakhine region. At least 30 people have died from the disease, . It would be the first camp built in the repatriation process.

"Where are considerations for protection of the Rohingya from Myanmar security forces who months ago were raping and killing them?" said Phil Robertson, deputy director of the group's Asia Division.

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