United States to give $32 million in aid to Rohingya

Posted September 22, 2017

Chairman Justice H.L. Dattu, present at the function where Rajnath Singh spoke, said the Commission would back Rohingyas because they were being persecuted in Myanmar.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she talked to Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country, but expected no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees. In order to get the refugee status, one needs to follow a certain process. "At this very moment in Southeast Asia, we see heartbreak and assaults on human rights and innocent civilians that is ultimately endangering the sovereignty and security of the entire region", Pence said.

But the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the new arrivals - the majority of them women and children - are at risk of human trafficking, as officials and aid workers struggle to cope with the influx.

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It is in this context, India's apprehension of Rohingya immigrants posing a security threat should be looked at. The refugees speak of indiscriminate clearance operations, huts set on fire and family members being taken away and never heard from again. Any sovereign nation will act against illegal immigrants. Many live in Jammu and Hyderabad.

Now, the government will submit a confidential report before the apex court on October 3, and it is learnt that "the report will seek to establish the links between Rohingyas and terrorist organisations in Pakistan, and others jihadi groups like the Islamic state (ISIS) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)".

The home minister said India would not be violating any global law if it deports Rohingyas as it is not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951. "India is not even a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention".

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Speaking at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence called on the UN "to take strong and swift action to bring this crisis" of violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to an end.

"We applaud the government of Bangladesh's generosity in responding to this severe humanitarian crisis and appreciate their continued efforts to ensure assistance reaches people in need", the US State Department said in a statement.

Dattu, in his remarks, maintained that the NHRC would speak in favour of Rohingyas. Party sources point out that security dimension to the presence of Rohingyas in the country will certainly remain the overarching consideration.

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He said a committee had been established under the social welfare minister to implement recommendations of an advisory commission chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the government would establish an advisory board comprised of "eminent persons" from Myanmar and overseas.