UN urges Dhaka against Rohingya return as plan sows 'terror' in camps

Amnesty international strips Myanmar leader of award after her failure to help the Rohingya

Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid repatriation

Meanwhile, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members will call for those responsible for atrocities in Myanmar's Rakhine state to be held "fully accountable", according to a provisional statement prepared for the 10-member grouping's regional summit being held in Singapore, Reuters reported.

US Vice President Mike Pence told Suu Kyi on Wednesday that the violence, which led more than 700,000 of the country's Rohingya minority to flee for Bangladesh since August 2017, was "without excuse".

Suu Kyi responded by saying she understood the situation better than her country's critics.

"This is a tragedy that has touched the hearts of millions of Americans", Pence said, as Aung San Suu Kyi sat stoically beside him.

"A continued and sustained worldwide pressure on Myanmar would be catalyst for a long term solution to one of the worst humanitarian crisis created by Myanmar forcing Bangladesh to bear its brunt, ", Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said on Tuesday.

Paris-based worldwide news agency AFP said, according to some Rohingya leaders, many of those slated to be repatriated have gone into hiding within the camps at Cox's Bazar, the border district hosting a small refugee city perched on hillsides. "I'm sure you will say the same of yours, that you understand your own country better than anybody else".

The State Counsellor understands that Myanmar faces a plethora of ethnic and political issues related to problems that beset this nation before she was elected to power.

Kumi Naidoo, the organisation's current secretary general, said in a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi that her ambassador title could no longer be justified.

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Pence also made it clear in his remarks that the USA will stand firmly by its legal obligation and treaties with Taiwan. This meeting may prove to be a good opportunity for China, if not the last.

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said the country was ready to start repatriating the refugees via two transit points they have set up at the border.

"We are informing the listed Rohingyas at the camps in Cox's Bazar about their repatriation, but if they do not want to go, we can not do anything", Shahidul said.

Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize victor has been stripped of a series of worldwide honors over the Rohingya exodus.

Myanmar authorities say they have verified the identities of 4,000 Rohingya to be returned, but no one quite knows who is on that list.

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.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the Reuters journalists, both Myanmar nationals, were arrested in the city of Yangon last December.

The head of the United Nations human rights investigation on Myanmar said last month that genocide against the Muslim Rohingya population was ongoing.

But those repatriations are not "voluntary, safe, and dignified", according to the State Department, U.N., and aid groups. That campaign targeted the Muslim-majority ethnic group in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, as well as other ethnic minorities in the area, and killed thousands.

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