Supreme court to take a call on Rohingyas: Rajnath

Lester Mason
September 23, 2017

"We shall mention the same in our affidavit to be submitted in the Supreme Court", he said.

Since the latest violence began on 25 August, more than 400,000 Rohingyas were forced to flee their homes and have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

The Centre today told the apex court that the Rohingya Muslims were "illegal" immigrants in the country and that their continuous stay posed "serious national security ramifications".

In her petition, she has stated that the entire Rohingya community can't be branded as "terrorist".

Instead it made a decision to throw out 40000 Rohingya refugees residing in various parts of India.

Suu Kyi promised to take action against anyone who broke the law of the land and violated human rights, but insisted that most Rohingya Muslim villages had not been affected by violence and invited diplomats to visit them.

Schwartz said that in addition to food, water and shelter, the refugees will need clothing, security for camps being erected on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, education for hundreds of thousands of child refugees, and psychosocial support for those who have experienced trauma during the exodus. "There should be no collective punishment".

The Ministry said the Rohingya refugees, who had come to Sri Lanka earlier in three occasions earlier, had left the country after they were handed over to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office. The government puts the figure at 40,000.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the government's decision to deport Rohingya refugees was in the nation's interest.

"Refugees from this country will be accepted without any problem", she said.

The government also said many Rohingya have managed to avail the 12-digit Aadhaar and PAN cards through forged documents. The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi, but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

The 1.1-million-strong Rohingyas, a remnant of British colonialism, have failed to secure citizenship in Myanmar even though they have been in that country for long.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, in a major speech on his plans for Rakhine state on his first visit there since the latest strife erupted, said the military had handled the situation as best as it could after a wave of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on August 25.

Rohingya in India voiced worries that they were being unfairly tainted by the allegations and sought more understanding for their plight.

He further said that Myanmar has agreed to set out a roadmap for implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission, including immediate establishment of a new Ministerial led committee that would be assisted by an Advisory Board on Rakhine that will include Myanmar and worldwide experts for implementation of the recommendations.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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