Rohingyas are illegal immigrants, will be deported

Posted September 22, 2017

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday took on critics of government's policy on Rohingyas, saying why they have an objection to the deportation of "illegal immigrants" when Myanmar is willing to take them.

"Let one thing be clear, the present Rohingya crisis is not comparable to Bangladesh refugee crisis that we faced in 1971".

The announcement of a USA aid package comes just one day after Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally broke her silence on the Rohingya refugee crisis in a speech that drew widespread criticism.

Facebook is reportedly removing posts and suspending accounts of activists who are documenting the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Daily Beast has reported.

"It's important for them to understand that we are working in neutral and impartial way", she said, adding that the work is being done "with full transparency with the Myanmar authorities".

"The Rohingyas are not refugees".

Van Thio did not use the term Rohingya, referring to them simply as Muslims. Tillerson "urged the Myanmar government and military to facilitate humanitarian aid for displaced people in the affected areas, and to address deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations".

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Some 415,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the ongoing violence broke out on August 25 when Rohingya rebels attacked police checkposts in Rakhine resulting in the deaths os 12 security personnel, CNN reported.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have streamed into Bangladesh since the end of August, cramming into ill-equipped camps and makeshift shelters near the border town of Cox's Bazar.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in her first address on the crisis on Tuesday, condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state but did not address United Nations accusations of ethnic cleansing by the security forces, drawing a cool global response.

Myanmar is comprised of an 88 percent Buddhist religious majority.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy is in Myanmar and is due to meet government officials and representatives of different communities in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.

Together with other United Nations bodies, the IOM has called for worldwide humanitarian assistance of $77 million.

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.