January 22, 2018 / 12:22 PM / 4 months ago

Rohingya citizenship and safety need addressing - U.N. refugee chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - More time is needed to prepare the return of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, the U.N. refugee chief said on Monday, after a Bangladeshi official said the plan to begin on Tuesday had been delayed.

FILE PHOTO: U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chief Filippo Grandi speaks with a Reuters journalist in Rome, Italy, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

“In order for the repatriation to be right, sustainable, actually viable, you need to really to address a number of issues that for the time being we have heard nothing about, including the citizenship issue, the rights of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, meaning freedom of movement, access to services, to livelihoods,” Filippo Grandi told Reuters.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles

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