The Nightmare Awaiting Rohingya Returnees

By Mark Inkey | The Diplomat

Rohingya refugees caught returning to Myanmar from Bangladesh were forced to tell the press they returned voluntarily and were well treated, when in reality they were so terrorized they later fled back to Bangladesh.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed three Rohingya men and three boys between 16 and 17 years old (under international law, anyone younger than 18 is considered a child). The Arakan Project, a research and advocacy group focusing on Rohingyas, interviewed one 17-year-old, who was also interviewed by HRW according to Arakan Project director Chris Lewa, and another 19-year-old.

They were interviewed in refugee camps in Bangladesh and all told similar stories of torture, detention, and bad treatment.