UN refugee agency spokeswoman says many of the Rohingya sold or lost all their possessions, including their shelters, to pay the extortionate fees to traffickers, but they were stopped at sea and returned.
Calling Rohingya members of 'extreme religion' an is insult, and ignores the reasons why Rohingya people fear returning to Myanmar, Dhaka officials say following comments by a Myanmar minister.
Rohingya refugees demand Dhaka recognise their ethnicity as 'Rohingya' and that officials and aid agencies stop sharing their family information with Myanmar fearing reprisals.
The forced repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar is a violation of international law. The repatriation has been halted, for now, and it gives the international community a chance to formulate a new solution.
Refugees "are not willing to go back now," Bangladesh's refugee commissioner Abul Kalam says, adding officials "can't force them to go."
US Vice President Mike Pence tells Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi the state violence, forcing more than 700,000 of country's Rohingya Muslims to flee for Bangladesh, was "without excuse." Suu Kyi rebuffs criticism.
Southeast Asian countries will call for those responsible for atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya minority to be held "fully accountable," according to a statement prepared for a regional summit.
More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar's northern Rakhine state after a heavy-handed army crackdown in August last year that survivors say involved mass rape and extrajudicial killings.
Myanmar's military has been accused of committing atrocities in a crackdown that forced 720,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. An estimated 250,000 to 400,000 who remained in the Buddhist country "continue to suffer the most severe" repression.
The men, who had been in detention for immigration offences since 2012, were handed over to Myanmar authorities at a border crossing in India's northeast state of Manipur.
The House of Commons granted the privilege to Suu Kyi in 2007, but her international reputation has since been tarnished by her refusal to call on the Burmese army to put an end to the atrocities committed against the Rohingya.
The 47-member UN Human Rights Council has voted in favour of a resolution to set up a body to prepare evidence of international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011.
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