Rohingya Muslims can be misled, exploited to destabilise region: Bangladesh envoy

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As the violence in Rakhine escalates, New Delhi - which is not a party to two major global refugee laws - now wants to deport its population of Rohingya escapees back to Myanmar on what it says are national security concerns. After the March 2016 general elections in Myanmar, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi formed a civilian government which is now in power in Myanmar.

"The new funding brings USA humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Burma and refugees from Burma in the region to almost $95 million in FY 2017, and it reflects the US commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people", a department spokesperson said in a statement.

The Swedish premier, for his part, described the Myanmar as a "tragedy" and said Sweden will do whatever it can to help in this regard.

ARSA was established in October 2016 on behalf of over 1.1 million Rohingya people living in the Myanmar state of Rakhine. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing recently linked Rohingya demands to be recognized as an ethnic group under Myanmar law with the army's actions.

Reacting to the Centre's affidavit in the apex court that the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar posed serious threat to national security, the Hyderabad MP said it was propaganda by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.

Fighting in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state has forced 422,000 Rohingya to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, where unofficial shelters have sprung up outside of two government-run camps.

Besides repeatedly disabling his accounts, an activist who uses the name Rahim said Facebook has also removed individual posts he put on the site about Rohingya refugees.

Though Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi assured diplomats earlier this week that humanitarian assistance was being delivered to those in need, the government has blocked United Nations aid agencies that have worked in the area in the past.

About 400 people have been killed in subsequent clashes, and a military counteroffensive sent more than 400,000 people fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

He said not just Muslims but other minority groups had fled, and security forces had been told to "take full measures to avoid collateral damage and the harming of innocent civilians". Myanmar's Buddhist majority is often accused of subjecting them to discrimination and violence.

"We have told Myanmar that they will have to take back their citizens".

In an e-mail reply to the New Indian Express, the UNHCR's India headquarters in New Delhi said: "The principle of non-refoulement is considered part of customary worldwide law and therefore binding on all states whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not".

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