First Rohingya family returns to Myanmar after conflicts

First Rohingya family returns to Myanmar after conflicts

By Hansi Sandeepika

15 Apr, 2018 | 2:49 pm

Despite the warnings issued by the United Nations, Myanmar reports that the first Rohingya family returned from Bangladesh on Saturday (April 14).

Five members of a family who fled to Bangladesh due to ethnic violence returned to a “repatriation camp” and Myanmar authorities provided supplies and ID cards for them.

Around 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017 due to military operations in the Rakhine State against the minority Rohingya Muslim community.

The United Nations accuses Myanmar of “ethnic cleansing”  and not taking sufficient measures to stop the violence against the Rohingya community. However, the Myanmar government rejects the allegations of ethnic cleansing and stated the military only engaged in a justified campaign against Rohingya militants in Rakhine state.

Earlier this month, Myanmar sentenced seven soldiers to prison with hard labor for their involvement in participating murder in Rakhine State in September 2017.