Bangladesh rejects Myanmar’s claim of repatriating Rohingya

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Dhaka: Bangladesh on Monday rejected a claim by Myanmar that the Buddhist-majority nation had repatriated the first five among some 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to the neighbouring country to escape military-led violence against the minority group.
A Myanmar government statement said on Saturday that five members of a family had returned to western Rakhine state from the border area. It said the family was staying temporarily with relatives in Maungdaw town, the administrative centre close to the border.
The statement said authorities determined whether they had lived in Myanmar and provided them with a national verification card. The card is a form of ID, but does not mean citizenship – something Rohingya have been denied in Myanmar, where they’ve faced persecution for decades.