UN Secretary General Antionio Guterres’ warning comes amid a refugee crisis that has seen more than 120, 000 Muslim Rohingya people fleeing violence in in majority-Buddhist Myanmar, heading to neighboring Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees within two years. NGOs viewed the deal with skepticism, saying it doesn't fully address safety and resettlement concerns.
A Rohingya rebel group says 10 Rohingya Muslims found in a mass grave in December were not its members. The Myanmar military has admitted to killing the 10 people, claiming they were militants.
Japan's government will grant Myanmar $3 million to assist in repatriating Rohingya Muslims to Rakhine state. A military crackdown has seen about 655,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh, with at least 6,700 deaths.
Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, after almost a month behind bars. They were reporting on the persecution of Rohingya in Rakhine state.
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