Myanmar and Bangladesh sign refugee deal


"Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an MoU", Myint Kyaing, the permanent secretary of Myanmar's Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, confirmed.

The agreement was inked following a meeting between Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Naypyitaw, Myanmar's capital. It is certainly significant that a deal has been reached.

Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate measures such as using makeshift rafts to cross the Naf River to escape to Bangladesh on Friday. Neither side essentially says they are the citizens or rightful occupants of each territory.

But what is the bigger question, is just how willing people will be? Since the initial incident, which follows a history of oppression of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, 600,000 people belonging to the minority Muslim population fed to neighboring Bangladesh. And that raises a question about whether that will reinvigorate people smuggling networks which have been dormant since 2015.

"I don't know that this agreement is actually gviing them either the rights of movement or that the conditions are going to be much better than what they fled", Miles said. Myanmar also kept mum about the 33,000 Rohingyas staying in two refugee camps in Cox's Bazar since 1992, they added.

"The United States will also pursue accountability through USA law, including possible targeted sanctions" against those responsible for the alleged abuses, which have driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya into neighbouring Bangladesh, he said.

"These Myanmar nationals are a burden on Bangladesh".

Rohingyas entered Bangladesh over the last one year following military crackdowns in Rakhine State.

The commission suggested that the Myanmar government should maintain a strong bilateral relationship with Bangladesh to address the challenges in Rakhine.

China has found itself embroiled in politics abroad despite its wish to remain an amoral political force
China has found itself embroiled in politics abroad despite its wish to remain an amoral political force

"A number of sources indicate that we are seeing a sophisticated campaign created to discredit and destabilize the Myanmar government", wrote U Thaung Tun. The two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

"We will go back if they don't harass us and if we can live life like the Buddhists and other ethnic minorities", he said.

But the other key factor in the unmet needs of women and girls "is certainly the staggering extent of the sexual violence they experienced and witnessed", he says.

"Our demands are that we are given citizenship". Spread by violent conquest, Islam is not native to this part of the world; if the Left wants the give America back to the Indians (what once was a joke is now a serious political platform in some quarters), why can't Burma be taken back by the Burmese?

In a statement released this Wednesday, the top USA diplomat blasted the brutal military operation conducted by the Myanmar armed forces in Rakhine State that has targeted ethnic Rohingyas. The latest crisis kicked off in August, when Rohingya militants attacked Myanmar police outposts, prompting Myanmar to launch a massive so-called "clearance operation" in the region in retaliation.

After months of reticence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday officially referred to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "ethnic cleansing".

"I don't think that it will help to solve this problem", Russian ambassador to Myanmar Nikolay Listopadov said when asked about the U.S. move.

The State Department says the cut in funding was based on a directive signed by President Trump in January banning funding for global organizations or nongovernmental groups that provide abortion services or advice that includes abortion as an option.

"After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state [of Myanmar] constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya", Tillerson said.

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