Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

SC to hear plea against deporting Rohingya Muslim refugees

SC to hear plea against deporting Rohingya Muslim refugees

Myanmar security forces responded to the August attacks with a brutal counter-offensive they called "cleansing operations" that forced nearly 40,000 Rohingya to flee to the border with Bangladesh in the past week.

She said the spate of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and exodus of the ethnic Rohingya minority will figure in the talks.

Despite Bangladesh's repeated refusal to take further refugees from Myanmar, reports from all border points on Friday said that thousands of Rohingya people have already entered Bangladesh in a desperate attempt to escape the violence.

The office of Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing on Friday gave an updated death toll, sketching out the details of an insurgency that has escalated sharply.

"Further, India is also a signatory to the Protection of All Persons Against Enforced Disappearances, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment", the plea said, adding that all these global treaties and conventions lay down the Principle of Non-Refoulement.

Myanmar security forces have launched "clearance" operations to sweep out rebels whose ranks appear to be swelling as male Rohingya villagers join their cause.

Rights groups allege a massacre of Rohingya occurred on Sunday afternoon in the village of Chut Pyin in Rathedaung township, led by Myanmar security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs.

Journalists and other outside observers have been unable to independently travel to the northwest of Myanmar's Rakhine state since an earlier outbreak of violence past year, although some aid programs had quietly been resumed.

SC to hear plea against deporting Rohingya Muslim refugees
SC to hear plea against deporting Rohingya Muslim refugees

In a communication to all states, the Union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades has become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants are prone to getting recruited by terrorist organisations.

Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify the army's claims.

Over the years, tens of thousands have attempted to flee across the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea to Thailand and Malaysia.

Between 300,000 and 500,000 Rohingyas live in Bangladesh but only about 32,000 of them have refugee status and live in camps in the Cox's Bazar district. The claims could not be verified by AFP.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the killing of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar during the latest wave of violence that erupted a week ago was "genocide".

Several refugees - including women and children - have died while making the perilous journey to Bangladesh, which is struggling to cope with the influx and has reportedly turned some Rohingya Muslims away.

He stopped selling goods in Bangladesh but continued using his daily entry permit to stock up on dry food and other supplies to smuggle back to the militia.

According to information from the border forces of Bangladesh, the bodies of 15 children and 11 women were found.

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