Myanmar says Richardson dropped from advisory panel

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Some 688,000 Rohingya have been displaced to Bangladesh since August 25, according to the International Organization for Migration, after fleeing a brutal counter-terror campaign by Myanmar's military following an insurgent attack on state security forces.

According to the deal, those who return will first live in transit camps that the Myanmar government says it has set up before eventually returning to their now-destroyed villages they fled in terror just a few months ago.

An global delegation advising Myanmar toured the Taung Pyo Letwe refugee camp outside the town of Maungdaw near the Bangladesh border. "I spoke to one young woman who had been on the phone to her aunt in Rakhine in Myanmar". But officials in Bangladesh on Monday said a number of issues remained unresolved, in particular worries that refugees were being forced to return.

His remarks come as Suu Kyi has faced mounting global criticism as Myanmar to seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh.

Most refugees have fled to Bangladesh since late August a year ago following a brutal military crackdown in response to Rohingya militant attacks on security checkpoints in Rakhine on Aug. 25.

In its own statement, the advisory board said it was recommending that United Nations agencies, including the UNHCR, should be invited to take part in the return and resettlement of the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. But Bangladesh says it needs more time to prepare for the transfer.

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"Implementing a returns arrangement finalized last week in its current form would put the safety and rights of more than 650,000 Rohingya who fled a brutal military crackdown previous year in serious jeopardy", Voice of America reported the UK-based human rights group as saying.

He said Rohingya refugees had been locked in internecine conflicts "over their interests at the camps". Myanmar wants to put us in temporary camps but there is no mention of when we would be allowed to go back to our ancestral home and get back our property. "It takes some time to fill the forms", he said, adding that those approved for repatriation would still be interviewed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure they are returning voluntarily. "It has become hard for BGB members to continue their border patrolling works as the dam remain damaged", he said.

But the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) strongly opposed the return of the refugees to Myanmar under the current situation.

Most Myanmar citizens consider most Muslim people in northern Rakhine as interlopers from neighbouring Bangladesh and not part of the country's ethnic groups, despite the fact that they have been living in the area for generations.

The two countries have signed an agreement to begin sending people home in "safety, security and dignity", but rights groups have expressed concern about Rohingya returning to villages they left only months ago in terror.

He said Myanmar was "prepared to receive 300 people a day" to begin with. At least 688,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh since an insurgent attack on the military triggered brutal reprisals.

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