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Reports of looming Rohingya return to Myanmar have Canadian ministers ‘deeply concerned’

Head of World Food Program raises ‘extreme concerns’ about Rohingya returning to Myanmar
The head of the United Nation's World Food Program visited Rohingya camps this week and voiced 'extreme concerns' about their return. "I know if I were in their shoes, I'd have some extreme concerns about going back and we heard that from people all over the camp," said David Beasley.

Canada is raising concerns over reports that Rohingya refugees will soon return to Myanmar.

Such a move would see the refugees returned to the country in which they have been targets of what has been officially declared a genocide.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau say they are “deeply concerned” about a proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar this month.

United Nations officials and international organizations have said such a return is unsafe due to ongoing violence and conditions that continue to force refugees to flee the country.

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Freeland and Bibeau say repatriation must not be rushed and they’re urging Myanmar’s government to ensure refugees that do return are protected and their human rights are upheld.

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Canada is also calling on Myanmar to grant full access to UN and international observers to monitor any repatriation efforts.

More than 900,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017.