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Myanmar’s first Rohingya repatriation ‘staged’, rights groups say

Rohingya rights groups sceptical as Myanmar announces repatriation of first family of Rohingya refugees.

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The UN has said 'conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified and sustainable' [Myanmar News Agency/AFP]

Rights groups are expressing scepticism over the announcement that Myanmar has repatriated the first Rohingya family, despite warnings from the UN.

“This is a deception,” Rohingya Blogger, a watchdog and Rohingya rights website run by Rohingya activists in Europe, said in a statement on Sunday.

The Myanmar government announced in a Facebook post on Saturday that a family of five had returned to the country from the border area between Bangladesh and Myanmar, where thousands of refugees are holed up.

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