Questions remain as ministers take next step in Rohingya repatriation

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Technically, Myanmar has a plan for the repatriation of Rohingya, said Rae.

There are now thought to be almost a million Rohingya refugees who have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh - and more than 1,000 are thought to have been killed.

Myanmar on Friday unveiled its three-stage plan for return and rehabilitation of around 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims, who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in what the United Nations called "ethnic cleansing" by the Myanmar Army.

Global condemnation has rained down on Myanmar since August 25 when a military crackdown on Rohingya insurgents prompted an exodus of almost 700,000 of the stateless minority to Bangladesh.

Thailand on Friday defended its decision to award the chief of Myanmar's armed forces a royal decoration, despite allegations that a military crackdown led to killings and abuses in Rakhine state that forced nearly 700,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.

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The federal government has imposed sanctions against a high-ranking member of the Myanmar military under Canada's new foreign human rights legislation, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday. In December, two Reuters reporters were arrested after gathering information about mass killings by the military and police forces, as well as by villagers.

Despite having lived in Myanmar for generations, the Rohingya Muslim minority is perceived by many in the country's Buddhist majority as an illegal fifth column - as squatters from Bangladesh who should have no residency or citizenship rights in Myanmar.

The government declared ARSA a terrorist organization and opened hostilities against the insurgents, destroying hundreds of Rohingya villages and prompting more than 650,000 Rohingya to leave the country.

"Canada will not stand silently as crimes against humanity are committed against the Rohingya", she said in a statement.

"We are expecting to complete the list of refugee families in a month", Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam told The Daily Star on Tuesday.

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Kyaw Swe said Myanmar is ready to repatriate Rohingyas and meantime a repatriation camp was established in line with the Arrangement Return of the Displaced Persons from the Rakhine state.

REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton Rohingya refugees carry a man who, according to them, was beaten by the Myanmar Army before there arrival in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 29, 2017.

"Myanmar said they planned a three-stage process - taking them (Rohingyas) back, ensuring their livelihood and then awarding them with the nationality", Kamal told a news briefing following a meeting with his Myanmar counterpart. The military and Buddhist mobs launched retaliatory attacks on Rohingya that were termed "clearance operations".

Ronaldo is an ambassador for Save the Children, and the charity released a statement from the Portuguese forward commenting on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

"It's a huge challenge for Bangladesh and also for global organizations". "More lives will be lost if we fail this challenge".

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