January 19, 2021

Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine

Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine

Myanmar shipped hundreds of recently released Rohingya inmates back to the country’s restive western borderlands on Monday, after fears that its overcrowded prisons could become hotbeds for runaway coronavirus outbreaks. Men, women and children belonging to the stateless and long-persecuted Muslim minority were among nearly 25,000 prisoners freed last week by a presidential pardon to mark the country’s April New Year celebrations. A Navy vessel transported the group from Yangon to western Rakhine state, where most Rohingya live under tight movement restrictions and in conditions Amnesty International has condemned as “apartheid”.

Source:: https://news.yahoo.com/myanmar-ships-800-freed-rohingya-prisoners-back-rakhine-103508530.html