United Nations human rights chief deplores India's move to deport Rohingyas
Sep 12 2017
Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees tomorrow. A major at the Border Guard Police headquarters in northern Maungdaw near the Bangladesh border also refused to comment.
REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainA Rohingya refugees boy falls as he walks on a muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh.
Many Rohingya have been in Myanmar for generations, but they are now considered illegals and were effectively stripped of the right to citizenship in 1982. Almost 100 people have drowned trying to cross the Naf river on the border.
The predominantly Buddhist country's treatment of the Rohingya has always been a point of contention and attacks on the Muslim minority have been reported for months prior to the recent intensification.
The impact of ARSA's move is unclear, but it does not appear to have been able to put up significant resistance against the military force unleashed in Rakhine state, where thousands of homes have been burned down and dozens of villages destroyed.
Global aid activities in much of Rakhine State have been suspended, leaving approximately 250,000 people without food, medical care, and other vital humanitarian assistance.
Those still waiting to cross into Bangladesh - many hungry and exhausted after a days-long march through the mountains and bushes in monsoon rain - have been stopped because of a crackdown on Bangladeshi boatmen charging 10,000 taka ($122) or more per person, sources said.
The foreign secretary, however, said both China and India are with Bangladesh during this crisis period, as they have always been. The U.N. has evacuated non-critical staff from the area over the past two weeks.
"The humanitarian catastrophe that Burma's security forces have created in Rakhine State has been multiplied by the authorities' unwillingness to provide access to humanitarian agencies", said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.
"ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period", ARSA said in a statement. "People who speak out for fundamental human rights are also threatened", he said.
The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.
On Sunday the United Nations said some 294,000 Rohingya had arrived, a jump of only 4,000 from the previous day. "And yet the Prime Minister has not acted in a forceful and decisive manner", said Khan, who has also crafted an online petition calling for the same thing. But in August it carried out coordinated attacks on police posts and an army base, leading to the swift and substantial response from the military that caused the mass civilian exodus.
The US Department of State said Saturday it is "very concerned" about the violence unfolding in the region, but stopped short of criticizing the country's government or its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.