Rohingya crisis: Russian Federation says intervention will 'exacerbate religious strife' in Myanmar

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Babunagari also urged Bangladesh government to cut off all diplomatic relations with Myanmar in protest of the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. "The counter-attacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government's undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed", he said.

Desperate Rohingya grab for aid handouts of clothing and food in Tankhali, Bangladesh.

"Even though India is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention on Refugees and also the 1967 Protocol, it is a signatory to a number of United Nations and world conventions on human rights".

On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was forced to clarify that the Centre will file its affidavit in the Supreme Court on the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees in India on September 18.

Addressing a public gathering, the Lok Sabha MP questioned Modi government's decision to send back the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, saying if Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen can be allowed to stay in the country, then why can't PM Modi accept Rohingyas as his brothers or friends.

Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have settled in India, and almost 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations.




The statement of Russian Foreign Ministry came amid a global outcry against the latest atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslim minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine State.On September 13, the UN Security Council members, including Russia, expressed serious concern over the situation in the region. "Why the BJP government want to send them back". Only about 40,000 Rohingyas are acknowledged as citizens in their country.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the global community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

In August, the Home Ministry wrote to state governments, urging them to identify illegally staying Rohingyas and deport them. The Supreme Court has fixed 18 Sep as the date for the hearing of the plea and the Home Minister said it will file the affidavit on 18 Sep.

In their petition, Mohammad Shaqir and Mohammad Salimullah argued their deportation would violate India's Constitution as well as the principle of "non-refoulement", which prohibits the deportation of refugees.

India's junior home minister Kiren Rijiju said, "This chorus of branding India as a villain on Rohingya issue is a calibrated design to tarnish India's image", he said in a tweet. "When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done?"

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