United Nations urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'


Another danger was highlighted by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, which condemned Myanmar's use of anti-personnel mines along its border with Bangladesh.

But they said the two communities now lived in harmony and blamed outsiders for the violence.

A senior home ministry official in New Delhi, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that no Hindu in Myanmar or Bangladesh affected by the violence had approached Indian authorities."At this juncture we have no SOS calls from Hindus", said the official. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainRohingya refugees sit on the roadside as they take shelter during rain in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017.

The Rakhine deny harassing their Muslim neighbors, but want them to leave, fearing they might collaborate with militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which carried out the August 25 attacks.

The Centre told the top court that the Rohingya matter was not justiceable and when there existed a fair procedure prescribed by law for deportation, it should be left to "the Central government to exercise its essential executive function by way of a policy decision in the larger interest of the country".

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

H undreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are "at the mercy" of human traffickers, the United Nations migration agency warned on Wednesday, saying well-managed refugee camps were needed to reduce the risk.

"If they need food, we are ready to send it", he said.

Hindus make up a small but long-standing minority in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. They are not considered one of the country's 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless.

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Numerous estimated 420,000 refugees who have arrived in Bangladesh over the last 3.5 weeks have been taken in by families inside two official camps, Kutupalong and Nayapara, or are living in schools and other public buildings converted into communal shelters.

It contended that the organised Rohingya Muslim influx started in 2012 and added that there are around 40,000 such refugees in the country now.

Given Bangladesh's state of economy and the refugee camps bursting at the seams with a fresh batch of Rohingyas arriving everyday, the country could be forced to deport them to Myanmar.

On Tuesday morning, Rakhine villagers chased away two Rohingya men trying to tend to their fields, said Maung Maung, the leader of Ah Nauk Pyin.

"We are taking up the case of Rohingya on humanitarian grounds". They blame the insurgents, and say 30,000 non-Muslim villagers were also displaced.

It also plans to almost halve to six years the period Hindus, Christians and other minorities from those countries need to have lived in India to be granted citizenship by naturalization.

Unable to cope with the recent exodus, Bangladesh, which has grown increasingly hostile toward the Rohingya, has been forcibly pushing thousands of people back into violence-wrought Myanmar.

The UN organisation added that New Delhi was bound by worldwide law to protect refugees who face danger in their home country. In principle, all refugees in India have access to government health and education services but sometimes they have difficulties in accessing these facilities.