[op-ed snap] Rohingya Muslims being persecuted
- Background: Humanitarian crisis in Myanmar after the military crackdown on “Islamist jihadists” in the Rakhine State, home to more than one million Rohingya Muslims
- A new wave of migration of Rohingyas to neighbouring countries has begun since then
- How: Army denies targeting civilians, but satellite images taken after the start of the crackdown indicate that hundreds of buildings were burnt down
- Reports suggest that those who tried to flee the country were shot dead
- The migrants are not welcome in Myanmar’s neighbourhood either
- Why: Many in the Buddhist-majority country call Rohingyas illegal immigrants from Bangladesh though they have been living in Rakhine for generations
- The operation in Rakhine shows the change of government hasn’t brought any meaningful difference to Myanmar’s most disadvantaged sections
- The army still remains a powerful institution. It controls the security, defence and border ministries besides wielding considerable economic power
Bangladesh seeks peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis
- What: Bangladesh has expressed “great concern” over the ongoing crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
- Reason: A military operation against “Islamist jihadists” has triggered a humanitarian emergency
- Bangladesh’s has handed a formal letter to Myanmar asking the authorities to intervene so that the Rohingya Muslims fleeing the conflict-zone can return to their homes
- Tension has been rife on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border
- Militants allegedly linked to Aqa Mul Mujahidin group launched attacks on Myanmar’s border police and the army
- The Myanmar Army has since been conducting operations in Rakhine, home for the country’s over a million Rohingya people
- The UNHCR on Nov 18 urged Bangladesh to keep its border with Myanmar open for the Rohingyas
MHA to hold meet on Rohingya Muslims
- Meeting will be attended by the Principal Secretaries (Home) of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
- According to MHA estimates, over one lakh Rohingya Muslims have settled in these States.
- There are reports suggesting that radical groups may make an attempt to recruit some members of the community, which is a cause of concern.
[cd explains] The Rohingya Conflict
Dhaka plans to relocate Rohingya
Up to 6,000 Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants stranded
- Attacks on members of the religious minority, have in the past 3 years left up to 280 people dead and forced 140,000 others from their homes.
- Around 800,000 Muslim Rohingyas live in Burma with around 80% living in the western state of Rakhine.
- Most of them have been denied citizenship by the Burmese government.
- The United Nations consider the Rohingya one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
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