Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina seeks help for Rohingya crisis

A plea has been filed before SC on behalf of around 7,000 Rohingya refugees from 23 settlements in Jammu where the community members are living in camps

'Bid to tarnish image'

Myanmar's powerful military is accused of torching the homes of 400,000 Rohingya Muslims, forcing them to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh as refugees.

The affidavit dated September 11 was signed by Ravi Sunder, Deputy Secretary in the Foreigners' Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The government has said that it will remove Rohingyas but through a legal route. "After the formation of Bangladesh, the Chakmas came to India, and got the status of refugees", he said.

China, which also vies for influence in Myanmar, joined a UN Security Council call for an end to the violence while its ambassador in Myanmar expressed his support for the government's action, Myanmar media reported.

On August 18, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who have been residing in various parts of India.

The UN refugee agency said Friday it was appealing for $30 million for the emergency humanitarian aid for Rohingya in Bangladesh.

The Home Minister elaborated upon various steps being undertaken by the government towards cleanliness mission in the country and a "Swachhta pledge" was also administered by him on the occasion. There are also about 52,000 pregnant and lactating women among the refugees.

They are refugees. The Bangladesh ambassador met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that there are three lakh refugees at the Bangladesh border. There were already 300,000 Rohingya refugees in makeshift camps from earlier waves of refugees before the latest influx.

Bangladesh says it will accuse Myanmar's security forces of ethnic cleansing and call for global intervention in the Rohingya crisis at the United National General Assembly this week.

Protesters had questioned the Central government's move to welcome Hindu refugees from Bangladesh, and discriminate against Muslim refugees from Myanmar. There, horrific violence, including killing, rape and torching property, has been taking place against the minority Muslims, according to reports and eyewitnesses. Each sector is led by an operational aid agency, which coordinates the work of other agencies active in the sector.

Separately, the Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Bangladesh to release two Myanmar journalists detained last week while covering the refugee crisis.

Myanmar officials blame the Rohingya insurgents for the violence, with government spokesman Zaw Htay urging displaced people to find refuge in temporary camps set up in Rakhine state. "Why the BJP government want to send them back". Its High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, recently told The Wire that India should "use its good offices to emphasise this point to the Myanmarese government, about the ground reality".

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