The United Nations has called on Myanmar to grant aid agencies unhindered access to camps that have been built near the border with Bangladesh to house the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who face repatriation from Bangladesh.
The government on Wednesday unveiled to the media, including NHK, a pre-fab immigration facility near its border with Bangladesh.
Since August, almost 700,000 Rohingya fled across the border into Bangladesh from their homes in Rakhine State.
He said the "refugees shouldn't be returned to camps guarded by the very same Burmese [Myanmar] forces who forced them to flee massacres and gang rapes, and torched villages".
"We urge ASEAN foreign ministers to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the Rohingya repatriation plan and put pressure on Myanmar to take onus of the repatriation", said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) Chairperson Charles Santiago.
An agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar said their return home was to begin Tuesday.
In a statement that pulled few punches, the former U.S. governor and one-time Suu Kyi ally said he could not in "good conscience" serve on the committee that would likely serve only to "whitewash" the causes behind the Rohingya exodus.
The two countries have agreed to a two-year repatriation process that was set to begin Tuesday. Abul Naser, a 42-year-old Rohingya refugee, said: "They are trying to send us a message, they are trying to scare us so that we never go back".
This latest exodus of the Muslim minority group followed a brutal military campaign launched in response to an attack by a Rohingya militant group on Myanmar police.
"We are not doing anything hurriedly".
In November, Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding that covered the repatriation of the refugees.
"I was extremely upset at State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's reaction to my request that she address the situation of the two Reuters journalists both swiftly and fairly", Richardson said in a statement, using an honorific for Suu Kyi.
"We are right now at the border ready to receive, if the Bangladeshis bring them to our side", Kyaw Tin, minister of global cooperation, told reporters in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital. We are working hard to ensure their safe, dignified and sustainable return to their homeland.
Thaung Tun said Myanmar is now prepared to receive 300 returnees a day and "the number could increase based on the progress of the first batch that will be coming across".
Speaking at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye said Myanmar will receive the verified returnees at Taung Pyo Letwe and Nga Khu Ya reception centres.
"On our part, we are ready to accept the people as all preparations have been made", he told ucanews.com.