Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

CPI (ML) to oppose Centre's any move to deport Rohingya Muslims

CPI (ML) to oppose Centre's any move to deport Rohingya Muslims

Summary: of India had declared that it is planning to send Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar but Rachakonda immediately acted and deported 5 Rohingya Muslims.

He said spread of images of oppressed Rohingya on social media has evoked sympathy and helped IS lure new members. About 80% of those fleeing are women and children - and there are babies being born along the way.

Worldwide pressure is mounting on Buddhist-majority Myanmar to end the security operation against the marginalised Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine, which was triggered on August 25 when Rohingya militants attacked police posts.

On Saturday, Bangladesh police issued tough new orders banning the Rohingya from moving out of designated areas.

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed with more than 400,000 Rohingya who fled their homes in the last three weeks amid a crisis the United Nations describes as ethnic cleansing.

The United Nations described the actions against the Rohingya as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Myanmar rejects the accusations, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claimed responsibility for the August 25 attacks and similar, though smaller, attacks in October.

The government has declared the group a terrorist organisation and accused it of lighting the fires itself and attacking civilians.

Burmese government leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of criticism from overseas for not doing more to stop the violence or condemning it more forcefully.

In an address to the UN human rights council in Geneva, on September 11, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights HH Prince Zeid denounced the "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

Human Rights Watch said satellite imagery showed 62 Rohingya villages had been torched in an orchestrated campaign.

An estimated 400,000 Rohingya have left the eastern state of Rakhine to seek refuge in Bangladesh after clashes with Burmese security forces.

A petition calling the Canadian government to action can be found here. A police official told Reuters the two were found to be working on tourist visas and police were investigating.

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