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Repatriation of Rohingya as per norms: Envoy
Sanjoy Ray
 YANGON, Dec 6 - The recent repatriation of seven Rohingya from Assam (India) to Myanmar, which drew sharp reactions from rights groups from across the globe, was done following laid-down guidelines of both the countries and the repatriation of other Rohingya will follow suit on the same line.

This was stated by India’s Ambasador to Myanmar Vikram Misri while talking to The Assam Tribune here.

Misri, who has been appointed as India’s next Ambassador to China, said the process of repatriation of Rohingya was initiated taking into consideration all the aspects and that too at the highest level of both the neighbouring countries.

Rights activists from across the globe had expressed serious apprehension about the safety and security of the seven Rohingya who were sent back from Assam to their native place in Myanmar in October this year.

Nearly 20 more Rohingya immigrants, who were detained for illegally entering India, are still lodged in Silchar, Goalpara and Tezpur detention camps and their repatriation process is at different stages.

The Tezpur detention camp houses the most number of Rohingya inmates at the moment.

“A section of media has referred to the development as deportation, which is not right. It is a process of repatriation, which would continue for other Rohingya population living in India, of course with the consent of both the countries and the Rohingya in question,” Misri said, on the sidelines of a function organised here recently by Impulse Model Press Lab in association with YMCA, Myanmar, in connection with awarding fellowship to journalists from India, Myanmar and Nepal on crossborder human trafficking.

Replying to a question on the fate of other Rohingya in the detention camps in Assam (India), Misri said their repatriation would follow suit as and when both the countries deem it appropriate.

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