30 Dec 2009

Rohingya to be sent back to Myanmar


Myanmar has agreed to take back some 9,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees currently living in camps in Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi foreign minister has said.

Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said after meeting his Myanmar counterpart that the two sides had agreed to begin returning the Rohingya to Myanmar as soon as possible.

Human rights groups have said the Rohingya face religious persecution and abuses from Myanmar's military government which does not recognise the group as an ethnic minority.

Al Jazeera

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