The charges levelled against the British citizen of Bangladeshi origin by the Delhi police’s special cell raise grave doubts about the agency’s intentions.
At least 420,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what a senior UN official has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Western governments that backed Suu Kyi’s campaign against military rule still see her as the best hope for Myanmar’s political and economic transition.
This is the first time India has mentioned the cause of the refugee crisis, though it has still not named the Rohingya.
Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Amy Kazmin and Kabir Taneja discuss the situation in Myanmar and beyond with Maya Mirchandani.
New Delhi has to find ways to pressure the Myanmar authorities to create a safe atmosphere for the Rohingya.
Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term “Rohingya” to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction.
If India fails to stand with the Rohingya today, will it be able to claim tomorrow that it is rightfully with the people of Baluchistan or Tibet?
“They are so desperate that they are risking their lives to escape Myanmar. The pictures show what is going on here.”
The Centre’s affidavit also says that the matter of deportation is best left to the central government’s discretion.
“The UN Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign,” Human Rights Watch said.
Hundreds of thousands of Indians fled Burma when Japan invaded in 1942, including my father and his family.
Bangladesh was already home to 4,00,000 Rohingya before the latest crisis erupted.
In the second episode of Wide Angle, UN special envoy on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar repeats his request to Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out against atrocities on Rohingya people.
Bangladesh said Myanmar drones and helicopters had violated its air space three times in the last week, warning that such “provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences”.
Sweeping assertions filled with vitriol against the Rohingya have now entered the formal pleadings. The court should not allow unfiltered communal speech.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
Two refugees said their family members were detained by fishermen or brokers in Bangladesh when they could not pay for the journey.
How else are we to explain Turkey’s ambition to take the lead in the current crisis and champion the voice of the Rohingya Muslims internationally?
The first tranche of the relief material reached Chittagong in an Indian Air Force plane today.
The officials at the meeting said that deportation was not a practical response to the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
Enforcing the laws in the case of illegal migrants should not be mistaken for lack of compassion, India’s envoy said.
Maybe there is a solution out there – and if not a solution, at least some hope for the Rohingya.
Rohingya refugees having been crossing over to Bangladesh in large numbers, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not bring up this issue on his recent trip to Myanmar.
“All the Muslims in our village, about 10,000, fled. Some were killed by gunshots, the rest came here. There’s not a single person left.”
Despite widespread accusations against the Myanmar government of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas, India has planned to deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees.
Though the conditions in the camp they live in are terrible, they say it is still far, far better than the alternative.
Many have died along the way. Others have found themselves detained by human traffickers, demanding payment for their rescue.
Vinod Dua talks about journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder in Bengaluru and the plight of the Rohingya refugees.
The police has said that the refugee cards issued by the UNHCR are not sufficient for the migrants to continue living in the country and has ordered them to vacate their homes immediately.
“I am not making any such statements,” additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta said in the apex court.
Though the government has recognised UNHCR status for decades, they are now arresting people who have been designated as asylum seekers.
India’s actions prove that what separates an illegal immigrant from a refugee is not a question of actual persecution but of political expediency.
New Delhi says only around 14,000 of the Rohingya living in India are registered with the UN refugee agency, making the rest (close to 26,000) illegal and liable to be sent back.
‘Cyclone Mora’, with wind up to 135 kph and heavy rain, hit southeast Bangladesh around Cox’s Bazaar and the border with neighbouring Myanmar on Tuesday.
The 32 Rohingya people who had been living in New Delhi as refugees were produced before the magistrate on Monday which remanded them till May 2.