rohingya refugees: Myanmar's government said it hoped the pact would hasten repatriation, but rights groups still doubt it will let many Rohingya return or can guarantee the safety of those who do, according to The Chronicle Herald. Myanmar's statement didn't mention Rohingya, reflecting the government and the Burmese majority's insistence there is no such ethnic group in Myanmar. The memorandum of understanding promises to establish a framework of co-operation that aims to create conditions for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees but does not address Myanmar's denial of citizenship for the minority. Instead it referred to them as displaced persons. The U.N. and U.S. have described the army crackdown that began in August last year as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar's security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes in western Rakhine state, where most Rohingya lived. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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