Muslim community protests, demands shelter for Rohingya refugees in India


Officials gave no reason for the dramatically reduced numbers.

The United States wants Myanmar to take urgent action to end violence in Rakhine state, where a military offensive has created a crisis that could jeopardize its economic and political transition, a US official said on Friday. In the past two weeks there have been up to 20,000 people a day entering Bangladesh.

Singh said that in response to a petition filed before the Supreme Court by Rohingya seeking asylum in India, the government filed an affidavit with the court in which it noted that many Rohingya had links with the Islamic State extremists and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency.

"Our guards have not seen any Rohingya coming in the past few days".

On Saturday, Bangladesh's border guards said new arrivals had nearly stopped.

At the moment, United Nations agencies say it is hard to ensure aid is distributed evenly because refugees are undocumented. "He has advocated for religious leaders to work together to stem the violence that is being perpetrated in the name of religion", Cantu said.

Singh said India would not be breaching any worldwide law by deporting Rohingya people as it was not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. "Village after village has become empty due to the attacks by Myanmar soldiers and torching of the houses by Moghs [Buddhists]", he added. "All three soldiers raped me", she said, tears in her eyes, as she gripped the hand of the six-year-old sitting beside her in a pink vest and shorts.

More than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar for Bangladesh since a military crackdown resulted in the destruction of entire villages in Rakhine State.

The potential of an infectious disease outbreak is "very high", according to Doctors Without Borders, citing the rapid population increase and low vaccination coverage among the Rohingya, who lived in impoverished conditions in Myanmar.

In Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, the mob tried to block a boat carrying Red Cross aid to the north, where attacks by Rohingya militants on Aug 25 prompted Myanmar's generals to order a sweeping counter-insurgency offensive.

The Myanmar government has blamed a Rohingya militant group for mounting attacks on its security forces.

According to government figures, almost 40 per cent of Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine have been abandoned over the past month.

Another danger was highlighted by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a co-winner of the Nobel peace prize in 1997, which condemned Myanmar's use of anti-personnel mines along its border with Bangladesh. "Seventeen FIRs have been registered against 38 Rohingyas for offences relating to illegal border crossing".