All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the UN refugee agency, and the government aims to deport them, a senior government official said.
India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.
Myanmar must protect the rights of its Rohingya Muslim minority, the chief of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Thursday, urging the government to work with neighboring Muslim-majority countries to tackle a refugee crisis.
The head of the UN refugee agency urged Myanmar on Friday to grant citizenship to the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in the Asian country where sectarian violence has displaced tens of thousands since 2012.
A rift between Aung San Suu Kyi and some of her former supporters in the West has deepened after she criticized an international mission which is probing alleged Myanmar Army abuses against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a decision by the United Nation’s rights council to investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by army forces against Rohingya Muslims in the county’s troubled Rakhine State.
Bangladesh border guards have killed one woman and left four others injured after they opened fire at a boat carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing an ongoing persecution and military crackdown in Myanmar.
A nascent Rohingya-linked armed group, which now calls itself the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ASRA), has called for international peacekeepers to protect the stateless persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.