India’s relationships with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China hang in the balance.
The chief justice said the court and government cannot be oblivious to the plight of Rohingya women and children, added that petitioners can approach the court in case of ‘contingency’.
With the Rohingya refugee influx, India faces a litmus test on its commitment to international law in its domestic refugee policy implementation.
Behind the savaging of a land and its people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is a murky tale of resource appropriation and prospects of spoils from reckless industrial development.
For the first time, India did not explicitly disassociate from the resolution extending the mandate of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.
Authorities said the action was a crackdown on human and drug trafficking, accusing smugglers of using the exodus to bring methamphetamine into the country.
Eminent Arakan historian Jacques P. Leider talks about the historical context of the Rohingya conflict.
Earlier this week, Myanmar authorities had displayed the bodies of Hindu villagers they say were killed by Muslim insurgents.
Myanmar’s representative on the council, Hau Khan Sum, said the mission was “not helpful; it is not in line with the situation on the ground.”
As Rohingya people continue to flee Rakhine State and allege widespread persecution, a look at their struggle through the years.
Rohingya families who were living in Jammu have moved to Khimber in Kashmir, fearing violence against them.
Border forces have been authorised to use “rude and crude” methods to stop any attempts by the Rohingya to cross the India-Bangladesh border.
The external affairs ministry recognises that those fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state are refugees but the home ministry believes they no longer deserve that designation once they are in India.
The lives of Rohingya Muslim may be much better in Nepal in comparison to the other countries but should this really be question of relative freedoms?
Aung San Suu Kyi’s response to the crisis at home is starkly duplicitous and false.
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”.
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.
Stressing on dialogue to end the “fire of war” , China supported Myanmar’s actions as in the interest of national security while promising humanitarian aid to Bangladesh.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The officials at the meeting said that deportation was not a practical response to the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
The top UN human rights official has called Myanmar’s operations against the Rohingya as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Enforcing the laws in the case of illegal migrants should not be mistaken for lack of compassion, India’s envoy said.
Surely now is a time for a word on the plight of the Rohingya people.
Maybe there is a solution out there – and if not a solution, at least some hope for the Rohingya.
Human Rights Watch interviewed over 50 Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh, who recounted harrowing tales of fleeing violence.
“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.”
“We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.
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.