Rohingya refugees receive identity cards for first time

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The UN today said it has registered over two lakh Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing many with their first ever identification cards and proof of their right to return to Myanmar in the future.

The UNHCR spokesperson said the registration could serve as a tool for law enforcement to help counter human trafficking.

The new ID cards, provided to all refugees over the age of 12, lists important information, including names, family links and fingerprints and iris scans. The cards list Myanmar as the refugees’ country of origin.

Over seven lakh Rohingya refugees fled a military crackdown in August 2017 to cross into Bangladesh.

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