Inside Story - Is it safe for Rohingya refugees to return to Rakhine State?

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For nearly three months now, hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have been fleeing from Myanmar.
They are escaping a military crackdown in Rakhine state that the UN has called 'ethnic cleansing'.
More than 600,000 have been living in makeshift camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Now, the governments of the two countries have signed a deal to send the refugees back to Myanmar.
It is a decision Human Rights groups are calling 'unthinkable'.
They say, the refugees should not be sent back if their safety cannot be guaranteed.
There have been extensive reports of abuse, rape, torture and killings in Rakhine state.
The military says it's combating Rohingya fighters but the operation has been condemned around the world.
The government of Aung San Suu Kyi strongly denies the accusations of abuse.

So, will Myanmar guarantee the safety of Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar?


Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Guests:

Tun Khin - President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Ben Phillips - Humanitarian Officer, Oxfam

Gwen Robison- Chief Editor, Nikkei Asia Review

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