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Hindu refugees from Myanmar look up to Modi for rescue in Bangladesh

Hindu refugees from Myanmar look up to Modi for rescue in Bangladesh

On Monday, the Centre told the Supreme Court that Rohingya refugees were a threat to national security of India and that "many of the Rohingya refugees" are suspect of links with Pakistan's ISI, the Islamic State (ISIS) group and other extremist outfits targeting India.

More than 400,000 Rohingya, many of them women and children, have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations - an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

It submitted that as a sovereign nation, its first and foremost constitutional duty towards its citizens would be to ensure that the "demographic and social structure of the country is not changed to their detriment", and that resources of the nation are used to fulfil their fundamental rights and not diverted.

As the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar edges towards half a million, the UN Refugee Agency is stepping up delivery of live-saving aid to desperate people camped out near two official refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has been hosting more than 800,000 Rohingya Muslims who crossed the border facing persecution in neighbouring Myanmar in the past decades.

"The court has no business to interfere in such matters of what they call illegal immigrants or illegal migrants", the government said in an affidavit.

Modi's government has already been criticized by activists for not speaking out against Myanmar's military offensive, and accused for vilifying the Rohingyas in the country to seek legal clearance for their deportation.

"We are aiming to finish it within five or six months", said Rahman, who heads the registration drive.

In the past, Myanmar has been tabling regular reports on internal developments at various United Nations bodies. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainRohingya refugees sit on the roadside as they take shelter during rain in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017.

He also referred to Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's statement two days ago that her country would resettle some of the refugees. The UN now estimates that almost 4.15 lakh Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh in the last three weeks.

The Rohingya have been living in Myanmar for generations, their right to citizenship has always been denied.

Van Thio did not use the term Rohingya, referring to them simply as Muslims.

"We just want a peaceful life in India, not much".

Following global pressure, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to offer temporary shelter to close to 7,000 Rohingya on the condition that by May 2016, the asylum-seekers would be resettled. "That is why we should not commit the mistake of according the status of illegal immigrants as refugees in the name of human rights", he said.

China has also stood by the Myanmar government.

"In recent weeks almost 400,000 Rohingya have fled their homes for safety in nearby Bangladesh", Perez said.

Myanmar government leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of criticism from overseas for not stopping the violence.

Ever since the latest flare-up of violence against the community in Myanmar on August 23, more than 3 lakh Rohingyas have fled the state, pouring into nearby countries like Bangladesh seeking refuge. It seemed a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.


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