7 ethnic Rakhine killed as Myanmar police open fire at riot

Rohingya Muslims return to Myanmar puts them at 'grave risk', say UK MPs

Rakhine is also home to minority Rohingya Muslims, who have long faced persecution that has seen about 650,000 people driven away from their homes into Bangladesh since August. Under the November agreement, Rohingya will need to provide evidence of their residency in Myanmar in order to return-something many say they do not have. "Hundreds of thousands of children are already living in horrific conditions, and they will face an even greater risk of disease, flooding, landslides and further displacement", Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF representative in Bangladesh, said in a statement.

Many have questioned whether Rohingya would return to Burma under the current circumstances.

A top Myanmar official said on Monday that a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees, who return from Bangladesh, will be ready by its promised deadline next week.

But the clashes came on the same day as a repatriation agreement was signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start the return of some 655,000 Rohingya refugees from squalid camps back over the border. "And we believe it would be very important to have UNHCR fully involved in the operation to guarantee that the operation abides by worldwide standards", Guterres said.

The Myanmar police have filed charges against a parliament member and a writer for giving instigative talks about Rakhine sovereignty in Yathedaung, the country's western Rakhine state, Myanmar News Agency reported Thursday.

The all-party worldwide development select committee also urged British ministers to "reflect on why so much evidence of discrimination, marginalisation, and abuse of the Rohingya people in Myanmar was seemingly ignored for so long, rather than translated into effective action by the global community". "They should return our land and also rebuild our homes", he said.

He also urged India and the worldwide community to keep putting pressure on Myanmar authorities so that complete and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees would be ensured.

US-based Human Rights Watch said the discussions between Myanmar and Bangladesh failed to include any understanding of what the Rohingya want. At least 30 people have died from the disease, . It would be the first camp built in the repatriation process.

"Security forces asked them to disperse and fired warning shots with rubber bullets. but they didn't stop, so police had to use real bullets", Myanmar police spokesman Colonel Myo Soe told AFP. "Why are basic issues like citizenship, freedom of movement and livelihoods not discussed now so refugees can make informed choices?"

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