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Myanmar must end persecution of the Rohingya now

22 September 2017

Addressing the gathering at the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) two-day national seminar on good governance and human rights, Rajnath said, "The Rohingya Muslims are not refugees as they have not completed the legal process".

Dozens of midwives have been deployed to camps in Bangladesh to deliver babies and help young mothers who are among the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border from Myanmar and are now living in squalid settlements. She has faced mounting criticism from global leaders over what the United Nations has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslims.

The Centre told the top court that it wouldl also file its response to a PIL challenging deportation of the Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar.

Despite the fact the Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations, they aren't considered citizens by the government.

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Besides sexual violence, early marriage is a risk for Rohingya refugee girls.

Some 415,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the ongoing violence broke out on August 25 when Rohingya rebels attacked police checkposts in Rakhine resulting in the deaths os 12 security personnel, CNN reported.

On September 14, India sent 53 tonnes of relief material to Bangladesh for Rohingyas, who poured into that country following the violence in Myanmar.

The incident late on Wednesday reflected rising communal animosity and came as US President Donald Trump called for a quick end to the violence that has raised concern about Myanmar's transition from military rule.

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Diplomats say the Security Council could consider adopting a formal statement if the situation does not improve, but China and Russian Federation are unlikely to agree to stronger action that would require the adoption of a resolution they could veto.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address United Nations accusations of ethnic cleansing, drawing cool worldwide responses and calls for action to help minority Muslim Rohingya.

Suu Kyi's speech was a "mix of untruths and victim blaming", according to Amnesty International.

The United States said on Wednesday it would provide an additional $32 million in humanitarian assistance to help deal with the crisis, bringing its total assistance for refugees from Burma in the region to almost $95 million for fiscal 2017.

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Myanmar must end persecution of the Rohingya now