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Myanmar foreign ministry summons Pak envoy to censure over Rohingya

23 Septembre 2017

Amnesty International Korea Director Catherine Heejin Kim holds a one-person protest in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Seoul on Friday.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday called Rohingya Muslims staying on the country's territory "illegal immigrants" from Myanmar, who will face deportation as their arrival was not in line with proper procedures. The government says there is no such ethnicity as Rohingya and that they are Bengalis who illegally migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh.

"We are giving shelter to them out of humanitarian consideration and we believe that we will be able to repatriate them at the earliest possible opportunity", said Dhaka's envoy to New Delhi.

The top court is going to hear the plea by Salimullah challenging the government's move to deport Rohingyas on October 3. Recently, the Centre told the apex court its plans to deport around 40,000 Rohingyas now staying in India.

Addressing a national seminar on ‘Good Governance, Development and Human Rights, he said that some 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in India and are residing in Jammu, Hyderabad and the Northeast.

To further reinforce their supposed theory of the purported links between armed outfits and Rohingya Muslim refugees the Indian securities agency orchestrated an arrest of a man from Delhi claiming him to be an operative of Al-Qaeda outfit who was here to provide armed training to Rohingya Muslim refugees, reports Firstpost.

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"There is an abundance of material to show that the Rohingyas are being forced to flee Myanmar due to atrocities systematically carried out against them on account of their religious and ethnic identity", stated the affidavit.

The latest violence began when a Rohingya insurgent group launched deadly attacks on security posts August 25, prompting the Burmese military to launch "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

A United Nations official said an estimated US$200 million (S$270 million) would be needed to help the refugees in Bangladesh for six months.

The London-based group said its sources in Rakhine claim that the fires were started by members of Burmese security forces and vigilante mobs.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has contacted Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's leader, to express the president's concern, Haley said.

The Rohingya petitioner, however, told the top court that deportation would violate human rights and India's commitment to worldwide law on refugees. "The worldwide community must be unequivocal in its condemnation and take effective action to halt this ethnic cleansing campaign as well as bring the perpetrators to account".

Myanmar foreign ministry summons Pak envoy to censure over Rohingya