About seven hundred thousand Rohingya refugees flew to Bangladesh making a perilous journey to save themselves from the persecution and violence of Myanmar military campaign that began August last. Since then both the countries have signed agreements and held meetings on several occasions to repatriate the Rohingyas. But, it never saw any success except discussions between the two parties.
When the uncertainty kept mounting regarding the repatriation, today (Sunday) Myanmar announces the repatriation of first displaced Rohingya family from Bangladesh. It should be mentioned that the United Nations opposed this idea as it believed it is not safe for them to return now.
It was the United Nations which called the atrocities of Myanmar military as ‘ethnic cleansing’ which the accused denied blatantly and claimed that it conducted a justified military campaign against the militants of Rakhine State.
However, Myanmar court sentenced seven years in prison to its seven soldiers because of their involvement in the killing of ten Rohingya men.