India’s actions prove that what separates an illegal immigrant from a refugee is not a question of actual persecution but of political expediency.
The army dispatched about 500 soldiers to several towns near the border with Bangladesh on Thursday, including the towns of Buthidaung and Maungdaw.
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.
Official outlets, including a social media account run out of Suu Kyi’s office, published running denials during the Rohinga conflict.
A UN report in February said security forces instigated a campaign that “very likely” amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.
About 75,000 people have fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown, with accompanying allegations of rape, torture and extrajudicial killings by security forces.
Myanmar claims militants affiliated with, or part of Harakah al-Yaqin are behind the slew of attacks on the Rohingya that security forces blamed for, while the outfit denies ever attacking any civilians.
The defendants, which include a Thai army general and police officers are accused of smuggling and trafficking migrants on the Thai-Malaysia border.
In Myanmar’s waves of racial and religious violence, how many promising individuals have been killed, maimed or otherwise destroyed?
Rohingya Refugees, whose have travelled to Bangladeshi camps in order to escape the violence is Rakhine have been assaulted on many occasions by a group the police call the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army
UNHRC established the inquiry in March, but Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s foreign minister, has rejected the allegations and opposes the mission.
The World Food Programme claims that more than 80,000 children might need malnutrition treatment where the Myanmar army cracked down on stateless Rohingyas.
“If they (the UN) are going to send someone with regards to the fact-finding mission, then there’s no reason for us to let them come,” was the message.
The arrests are likely to increase fears that despite electing its first civilian government in about half a century in 2015 led by Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar reporters face increasing restrictions on freedom of speech.
Myanmar has rejected the UN fact-finding mission into human rights abuses against the Rohingya, as Suu Kyi claims it would upset the delicate region.
According to the UN report published in February, Myanmar’s security forces committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims.
Rohingya elders estimate some 600 people were killed over two weeks in November 2016. A UN report said the likely toll was hundreds.
Chinese special envoy Sun Guoxiang urged Dhaka to resolve the Rohingya row with Myanmar bilaterally but also said Beijing stood ready to help in the matter.
The latest campaign against the Rohingya has been triggered by false rumours that government documents – Aadhaar cards, state subject certificates, ration cards and voter I-cards – had been recovered from them.
The comments were made during an interview with the BBC.
The leader of a Rohingya Muslim insurgency against Myanmar’s security forces said his group would keep fighting unless Aung San Suu Kyi took action to protect the religious minority.
The idea of relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote flood-prone island would set a bad precedent for managing human rights crises.
On the last two days of the UNHRC session, India voted in 15 resolutions and made a statement on Myanmar, the only resolution that did not go to a vote.
Thousands of Rohingya have been displaced since renewed violence broke out in October, with India saying Myanmar be given more time to resolve the issue.
For Rohingya women in Bangladesh who are struggling to make ends meet and rely on handouts from agencies, the only source of hope are their newborn children
Although the Rohingya community in Delhi worries about their families abroad, their day-to-day survival preoccupies them.
The panel urged the government to reconsider a failed programme to verify Rohingyas for Myanmar citizenship.
A UN report last month said the Myanmar army and police had committed mass killings and gangrapes of Rohingya in a campaign that may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
Domestic law says children aged between seven and 12 are only criminally responsible if mature enough to understand the consequences of their actions. Two listed detainees are under 12, while two more are 13.
India continues to maintain a hands-off approach and advocates giving Myanmar’s democratic government more time to resolve the Rohingya issue, an approach encouraged by experts.
At least once a year, local administrators go house-to-house in Rohingya villages, lining up families to check their names against official lists. The names of those Muslims found missing are crossed through, residents say.
The UN human rights office said last month that the campaign of killings and rapes probably amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.
It was the first time the top generals directly addressed the mounting accusations of human rights abuses which, according to UN experts, may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
Many Rohingya say that their young people are being pushed into the methamphetamine trade because they cannot legally work or, in many cases, access aid.
Nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on October 9 that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants.
The government forces providing security to workers preparing a border fence in Buthidaung township of Rakhine State were attacked by about 30 armed men.
The government last week said the situation in northern Rakhine had stabilised and that it had ended a four-month security crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
Canada, Australia and the US were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012.
A growing number of Rohingya girls are becoming victims of human traffickers, who sell them to Rohingya men as child brides in neighbouring Malaysia.
Since October nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh.