Rohingyas illegal immigrants, not refugees: Rajnath

Geneva Matthews
September 22, 2017

A group of Muslim Rohingyas in Ghumdhum, Cox's Bazar weep as Bangladesh border guards (not pictured) order them to leave their makeshift camp and force them out of the country on August 28, 2017.

The home minister said some people had again raked up the issue of human rights of Rohingyas who came to India illegally.

The aid is going mostly into Bangladesh but also through Indonesia and Malaysia, he said.

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday became the latest voice to brand the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "genocide".

U.S. officials, for their part, have said that any return to sanctions imposed when Myanmar was under military rule is unlikely.

"Why some people are are objecting to the deportation of Rohingyas when Myanmar is ready to accept them?", he asked.

"The Rohingyas are not refugees".

The Rohingya minority in Myanmar is frequently described as one of the most persecuted groups in the world.

Foreign aid groups said that made them a target of local hostility-and many have reined in or stopped their operations for safety reasons.

Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands of homes have been burned.

Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, are reviled by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Britain has suspended its training program for military in Myanmar due to the violence in Rakhine state, a British government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a Security Council meeting on peacekeeping reform, Pence accused the Myanmar military of responding to militant attacks on government outposts "with bad savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingya from their homes".

More than 420,000 Rohingya fled Burma's northern Rakhine state in less than a month, after Rohingya insurgent attacks on police set off a military crackdown.

Aung San Suu Kyi - the civilian leader of Myanmar and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize - said Tuesday that her country is "not afraid of worldwide scrutiny" as she directly addressed the Rohingya crisis for the first time.

He said there have been no clashes since September 5 in Rakhine, where the military has been accused of burning scores of villages to the ground sending terrified Rohingya villagers fleeing.

The United States said on Wednesday it would provide an additional $32 million in humanitarian assistance to help deal with the crisis, bringing its total assistance for refugees from Burma in the region to almost $95 million for fiscal 2017.

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