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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.

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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