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First Rohingya family returns to Myanmar

IANS  |  Nay Pyi Taw 

authorities announced on Sunday it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh, despite a UN warning that it is not safe to return.

Some 700,000 Rohingya fled to escape a brutal military campaign that began last August, reports the

The authorities said that five members of a "Muslim" family arrived at a "repatriation camp" on Saturday, and were provided with supplies and National Verification Cards.

The state does not use the word Rohingya.

The card is a form of ID that does not grant citizenship, and has been rejected by Rohingya leaders in the camps.

On Saturday, just a day before Myanmar's announcement of the Rohingya family's arrival, warned that conditions in were "not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified, and sustainable", the reported.

While refugee camps in continue to receive new arrivals in small numbers, claims it is ready to receive returnees.

But the UN insists it Myanmar's responsibility to the Rohingya goes beyond "the preparation of to facilitate logistical arrangements".



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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 09:44 IST