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Rohingya refugee leaders list demands ahead of repatriation

Seek citizenship, recognition, return of land and homes

Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.

At least six Rohingya elders, saying they represented 40 villages from Rakhine, showed the list of demands to a Reuters reporter at the Kutupalong refugee camp, where most of the 6,55,500 refugees are staying.

The petition says that none of the Rohingya people would return unless the demands are met. The petition, handwritten in Burmese and which is yet to be finalised, demands that the Myanmar government publicly announce it is giving Rohingya long-denied citizenship and inclusion on a list of the country’s recognised ethnic groups.

It asks that land once occupied by the refugees be returned to them and their homes, mosques and schools be rebuilt.

It wants the military held accountable for alleged killings, looting and rape, and the release from jails of “innocent Rohingya” picked up in counter-insurgency operations. It also wants Myanmar to stop listing people with their photographs as “terrorists” in state media.

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