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  • Bangladesh Scraps Rohingya Repatriation Plan

    COX’S BAZAR | 5:45 PM (BDT) Bangladesh officials say plans to begin repatriating more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar have been scrapped after officials failed to find any who wanted to go. Refugee Commissioner Abul Kalam told media on Thursday that the refugees “are not willing to go back now,” adding that officials “can’t force them to go” but will continue to try to “motivate them so it happens.” The announcement came after about 1,000 Rohingya demonstrated against returning to Myanmar, from where hundreds of thousands fled army–led violence last year. A UN–brokered deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh says refugees can only be repatriated voluntarily. UN officials and human–rights groups cautioned against beginning the process before the refugees’ safety had been assured.   At… …. 

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  • Falsehoods Galore Before Bangladesh Polls

    TAHSEEN ALI | Bangladesh is preparing for national elections at the end of the year. As usual, a concerted disinformation campaign is being waged against the government by opposition groups. Opponents are crying foul in regional publications like South Asian Monitor.com over what they call an authoritarian crackdown on dissent. This is untrue. Bangladesh is home to hundreds of media outlets, each with its own point of view. Occasionally, street protests are reined in, but only… …. 

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