Government stands firm: Why should India shelter Rohingyas?

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Mohammed Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh's junior foreign minister, said yesterday that India, Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia, Iran and Malaysia have already sent relief and the goods are waiting in an airport in nearby Chittagong.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday confirmed that the central government will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants to Myanmar. They will also be barred from travelling by vehicle in Bangladesh, landlords will be prohibited from renting to them and only those registered as refugees will qualify for official assistance.

According to the state-run news agency, new camps were also being set up to help house the influx of refugees.

A young child stands among demonstrators holding placards as they take part in a rally in front of The Eiffel Tower in Paris on September 16, 2017, to protest the situation of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. India has also chose to grant citizenship to Buddhist and Hindu refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

According to home ministry officials there were almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in the country. The 1982-citizenship law of Myanmar does not recognise Rohingyas as ethnic group and these people are practically stateless for 35 years. Dhaka, in turn, regards the desperate refugees as Myanmarese and harshly pushes them back.

"Their (Rohingyas) location and movement will be kept limited to their camps". Lifesaving services delivered by IOM and its partner agencies include clean water and sanitation, shelter, food security, health care, education, and psychosocial support for the most vulnerable individuals, many whom are suffering from acute mental trauma or are survivors of sexual violence.

"At the moment there's well over 50,000 people that we observed, literally yesterday, on the roadsides, settling in makeshift camps in very precarious conditions". "Why the BJP government want to send them back".

The mainly Muslim Rohingyas have been the target of a Myanmar government offensive since August, with concerns the anti-Rohingya action could amount to ethnic cleansing.

Chrystia Freeland says both she and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plan to "focus" on the issue at next week's United Nations General Assembly in NY.

"She will seek immediate cessation of violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar and ask the United Nations secretary-general to send a fact-finding mission to Rakhine", a spokesman for the prime minister, Nazrul Islam, told AFP.

It cites intelligence inputs to say some sections among Rohingyas have links with terror groups and could be used by the ISIS for terror attacks in India. As per the submission of the Centre on a plea against deportation, it was said that the Rohingyas posed a security threat and could be lured by the Islamic State.

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