India seals maritime boundary to stop Rohingya Muslim refugees

Violet Powell
September 22, 2017

Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue during his address at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

For the unversed, the Myanmar State Councillor broke her silence on the Rohingya crisis in the country and said that the government does not fear scrutiny by the worldwide community, in a State of the Union address on Tuesday morning, even as more than 4,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from the northern Rakhine State.

The council set up the mission in March to investigate possible violations across Myanmar, with a particular focus on alleged crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

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

Rohingya seeking to escape persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar have been trafficked or smuggled by road and sea to places like Thailand and Malaysia in the past.

He also expressed great concern about the threat to national security, that is posed by the influx of the Rohingyas into the country.

"The United States renews our call on Burma's security forces to end their violence immediately and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution", he said.

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

Pence also spoke about how the violence in Myanmar is a flawless example of the kind of problem the United Nations should help solve.

Besides Unison, a number of British institutions have said they are either reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar's oppressive military junta, The Guardian reported yesterday.

The Rohingya are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people. "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.

According to the Commission, from the human rights angle its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter.

The Indian government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are at present staying in India.

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