Some Rohingya have terror links, Centre tells apex court

Gladys Abbott
September 22, 2017

Since then, they have been shifted to a highly secure government home and talks are on for their deportation, official sources said.

"The sightings of Burmese military vehicles and soldiers in a Rohingya village as it goes up in flames fills in some blank spaces of the overwhelming satellite imagery of destruction", Robertson said last week. Myanmar's Buddhist majority is often accused of subjecting them to discrimination and violence.

Myanmar do not recognise the Rohingya as citizens, considering them to be Bengali immigrants, and impose multiple restrictions on them.

Violence in Rakhine State erupted on August 25, when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks on government outposts, provoking a fierce crackdown by the Myanmar military that has been greeted with widespread worldwide condemnation, including at the annual U.N. General Assembly this week. Persons who were not able to find space are simply occupying roadsides.

Aid agencies face restrictions from the authorities and at times open hostility from members of the Buddhist community who do not want them to help Rohingya Muslims.

He said the government is committed to ensuring aid reaches those who need it without discrimination and implementing recommendations of a commission on resolving the tensions in Rakhine State led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan. But Myanmar's government has systematically stripped the Rohingya of their citizenship and confiscated their papers, - actions that should have been recognizable as steps toward today's "final-solution" campaign.

A spokeswoman for the ICRC was not immediately available for comment.

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The boat remains in Sittwe.

Suu Kyi had canceled an appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this week in part to address the ongoing crisis at home.

He has opposed the plea of two Rohingya refugees saying they are a burden on country's resources and pose serious threat to national security. The victims were mainly labourers who were to distribute the aid.

"We call on the Burmese armed forces to take immediate steps to stop the violence in Rakhine and ensure the protection of all civilians, to allow full access for humanitarian aid and to facilitate the civilian government's implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission's recommendations in full".

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was condemned early on in the crisis after photos of World Food Programme (WFP) food packages were shared on her office's Facebook page after apparently being seized from the Rohingya militants.

She said there had been no acts of violence or village clearances since 5 September, a claim which has been widely disputed.

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