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NEWS - U.N. to Resume Myanmar Refug
- Subject: NEWS - U.N. to Resume Myanmar Refug
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 00:18:00
Subject: NEWS - U.N. to Resume Myanmar Refugee Repatriations this Week
NOTE: Contact the U.N. about assuring/ guarenteeing their protection
upon return to Burma. How many will be arrested or beaten or raped ???
U.N. to Resume Myanmar Refugee Repatriations this Week
GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations refugee agency said
Tuesday it will resume repatriations of Myanmar refugees
from camps in Bangladesh this week.
Fifty refugees will leave Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on
Wednesday to travel by boat and road to Maungdaw in
Myanmar, also known as Burma, said Judith Kumin,
spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
A quarter of a million Myanmar Muslims fled to Bangladesh
in 1991, accusing Myanmar's military of murder, rape and
forced unpaid labor.
Most have been sent back home under UNHCR supervision.
But many others, living in two camps in Bangladesh, have
refused to return for fear of persecution.
Some 7,000 of the remaining 21,800 refugees are expected
to return in the latest operation, Kumin said. It could take
some time to complete because Myanmar authorities are
allowing repatriations only once a week, she added.
Kumin stressed that only those who want to go will be
leaving and families will not be separated.
The refugees will be met by UNHCR staff and will receive
household goods, a cash grant and food.
Meanwhile, Rajsoomer Lallah, the U.N. human rights expert
on Myanmar, has had his latest request to visit Myanmar
refused, said Jose Diaz, spokesman for the U.N. High
Commissioner for Human Rights.
Lallah instead will travel to Thailand to visit sites along
border. In April, the U.N. human rights commission
condemned Myanmar for widespread rights abuses.