Australia offers to pay Rohingya Muslims to return to Myanmar
September 19 , 2017
Rohingya Refugees sent to detention in Papua New Guinea are being pressurized to return to Myanmar, a country which is accused of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority. Australia is offering $25,000 to Rohingya refugees wiling to return to Myanmar. By October 31, Manus detention center will be completely shut down, as told by the Australian and PNG Governments. Lives of Rohingya refugees are at risk and returning to Myanmar would further increase the risk. Amidst mass killing, approx. 400,000 Rohingyas fled from Myanmar to the neighboring country of Bangladesh. Violence inflicted on Rohingya minority has garnered international criticism and as per Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General, “The horrific situation in Myanmar is exactly why we need more than just a sticking-plaster approach to helping those fleeing war and persecution.” However, the Australian Government has maintained that no one detained on Manus or Nauru detention centers will ever be resettled in Australia.