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Bangladesh Keen to Send Rohingya ‘Home’

19 July 2012

Bangladesh reiterated calls for Burma to repatriate tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees on Wednesday by telling Naypyidaw they are Burmese citizens. “Rohingyas are your citizens and it is your concern to take them back to Myanmar from Bangladesh,” Foreign Minister Dipu Moni was quoted by the Gulf Times. Official statistics show nearly 30,000 documented as well as the 450,000 undocumented Rohingya refugees have been due for repatriation to western Burma’s Arakan State since a mass exodus to Bangladesh in early 1990s following state-sponsored persecution by the Burmese military junta.