Daily Archives: April 8, 2017

Rohingya threat Our Special Correspondent Srinagar, April 7: Jammu's chamber of commerce and industries today threatened an "identify and kill" movement against Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi settlers if the Centre failed to deport them within a month. Chamber president Rakesh Gupta asked the government to also book Rohingyas' landlords under a stringent act that allows detention without trial for six months. "(Otherwise) we'll have no option but to launch an 'identify and kill' movement against such criminals," he told a news conference. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled alleged persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and settled in India and Bangladesh, where their roots lie. Of the estimated 40,000 Rohingyas in India, some 6,000 are in Jammu, living in shanties and doing menial jobs. × But many are clamouring for their expulsion, with the Panthers Party alleging a plot to settle the Rohingyas in Hindu-majority Jammu to change its demography. The Centre says it's exploring ways to identify and deport them. No Rohingya has been found involved in militancy, the state government says, but many in the security agencies view the community as a security threat. "Quit Jammu" hoardings have surfaced in Jammu asking Rohingyas and Bangladeshi settlers to leave the state. Jammu is called the "land of refugees" as lakhs of people from Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits, almost all of them Hindus, have made it their home over the past seven decades. This is the first time that Jammu-based groups are seeking the expulsion of any community from the region. Rohingyas have been living in Jammu for years, and the opposition to their presence is a recent development, apparently triggered by Valley-based groups' resistance to the issuance of identity certificates to Hindu Pakistani refugees in Jammu. These Pakistani refugees had migrated during Partition and have since then been fighting for citizenship rights in Jammu and Kashmir. The Rohingyas claim they are not illegal settlers and are legally registered with the United Nations in India. Gupta said the state government is not a signatory to any United Nations treaty for settling refugees, nor does Article 370 of the Constitution --- which confers a special status on Jammu and Kashmir --- allow illegal immigrants any permanent settlement in the state. "The chamber is aware that the district administration has initiated a process to identify such settlers and that the Union government has asked for details about these settlers from the state, but the chamber feels it is not enough," he said. Gupta's threat has triggered outrage on social networking sites. The Jammu-based Muslim Action Committee said the Rohingyas should not be singled out and all immigrants should be deported with them.

India developing mechanisms to deport Rohingya Muslims: report

The Indian government has started identifying Rohingya Muslims who have entered the country from Myanmar for arrest or deportation, Times of India reported on Wednesday. Rohingya Muslims, fleeing atrocities in Myanmar, have settled in India...
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Ground Report: Rohingyas Face Expulsion Again, This Time in Jammu

Regarded by the United Nations Human Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as “one of the most persecuted, excluded and vulnerable communities” in the world, Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar living in Jammu are worried about an...
Ahmed Mahmood looks at the spot in Myo Thu Gyi village, in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where he saw the Myanmar Border Guard Police executing three villagers, on March 19, 2017 Antolin Avezuela Aristu

Rohingya Villagers Bear Witness to a Brutal Crackdown in Myanmar

On the morning of Oct. 10, Hussein Muhammad, an old Rohingya man who doesn’t know his age, was awoken at 6 a.m. by a noise outside his home. When he stepped outside, he saw...
Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organization

Mapim: Myanmar must feel the pinch over Rohingya issue

PETALING JAYA: The Government must continue to pressure Myanmar over the Rohingya issue that is yet to be resolved, said the organiser of a humanitarian mission to help the community. Malaysian Consultative Council of Islam...
The Rohingya face severe discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where most are denied citizenship

Bangladesh Extending Aid, Upgraded Facilities to Displaced Rohingya

But the government needs international support to deal with the humanitarian crisis. By Sajeeb Wazed - April 07, 2017 The plight of the Rohingya – the stateless Muslim people fleeing persecution and violence in the...
UN reports indicate the commission of crimes on a mass scale. UN officials have estimated that at least 1,000 people have been killed and unknown numbers

Rohingya killings expose fraud of Burmese “democracy”

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month adopted a resolution setting up an investigation into serious crimes committed by the Burmese (Myanmar) security forces and nationalist thugs against the country’s Rohingya...
If anything like that happens again, we will exchange information (and) we will base our security measures on what we know

Bangladesh and Myanmar to seal border if Rohingya crisis recurs?

'If anything like that happens again, we will exchange information (and) we will base our security measures on what we know' A top Bangladesh Border Guard official on Thursday said the border agencies of Bangladesh...

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Myanmar frees Reuters journalists jailed for reporting on Rohingya crisis

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent more than a year in jail after being accused of breaching Official Secrets Act Two Reuters journalists...
File photo of Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Rohingya repatriation: Myanmar to extend ‘secret’ MoU with UNHCR, UNDP for another year

Last year saw virtually no progress on important issues, including citizenship for Rohingyas Myanmar has agreed to extend a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the...
Mohib Ullah, left, a leader of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), speaks through a megaphone during an evening gathering between ARSPH members and a group of foreign journalists in Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, April 16. Courtesy of W-TIMES

Rohingya refugees’ political group cries out for equal rights as Myanmar citizens

By Jung Da-min COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh ― The Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH) is a political awakening for Rohingya refugees who...
Rohingya repatriation: 4th JWG meeting in Naypyidaw ends without any breakthrough

Rohingya repatriation: 4th JWG meeting in Naypyidaw ends without any breakthrough

Bangladesh proposes visit from Myanmar to directly interact with Rohingyas As feared, the fourth meeting of the joint working group (JWG) of Bangladesh and Myanmar...
Military Releases 126 Detainees in N. Rakhine

Military Releases 126 Detainees in N. Rakhine

Military spokesman Brig-Gen. Zaw Min Tun attends the ‘four pillars’ meeting in Naypyitaw on April 30. The Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, on Friday said they...