Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Bangladesh proposes safe zones for Rohingya refugees inside Myanmar

Bangladesh proposes safe zones for Rohingya refugees inside Myanmar

The government had also said if allowed to stay, the Rohingya refugees would exhaust natural resources meant for Indians that could culminate in hostility towards them and lead to social tension and law and order problems.

The two petitioners, who have been living in India since 2011 and 2012, respectively, responded to the Centre's recent affidavit through advocate Prashant Bhushan and said, "Specific allegations against individual members of Rohingya community in India need to be dealt with on a case to case basis".

Barua said they were trying to get the passports of the journalists and their other belongings from the police.

Myanmar's military has been accused of laying mines in western Rakhine state, an worldwide human rights group said on Saturday, as some 420,000 Rohingya Muslim civilians have fled the violence in the country since late August.

More than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims have been driven from their homes in Buddhist-majority Myanmar since late August, when the army began a crackdown in Rakhine State.

The minister said that people should understand that one aspect of illegal immigration of Rohingyas is related with the national security. "If forcibly deported to Myanmar, the Rohingyas face imminent threat to their lives", they said and sought parity with India's protection and grant of asylum to Tibetan and Sri Lankan refugees in the past.

No Rohingya has applied for asylum in India till today.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also said that the chorus of branding India as a villain is a calibrated design to tarnish country's image. "Some people have entered India in an illegal fashion and now there is talk of their human rights".

The NHRC had recently issued a notice to the government over its decision to deport Rohingya Muslims residing in different parts of India.

Rajnath said that the objections to deport them are baseless since Myanmar has expressed its willingness to take them back, NDTV reports.

Suu Kyi's comments sparked even more worldwide criticisms, with Amnesty saying Myanmar's leader and government are "burying their heads in sand" in the face of the reports on the military's brutalities, which the United Nations and may rights groups have branded as an "ethnic cleansing" campaign against Muslims.

"The world knows that Rohingyas are stateless and disenfranchised people and are deprived of all human rights since 1947".

Bangladesh had earlier said the new influx of Rohingya refugees is an unbearable additional burden on the country which has been hosting around 400,000 Myanmar nationals who had to leave their country in the past due to communal violence and repeated military operations.

The Supreme Court has scheduled the next hearing in the matter for October 3.

Human rights group Amnesty International has blamed Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's government for "burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State".

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