Pointing that the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar started in 2012-13, the Centre said there was an organised "influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts" facilitating their entry into India through West Bengal, Tripura and Assam. Rohingya activists told The Daily Beast that their Facebook accounts were often taken down or suspended after they posted videos and photos portraying the persecution and violence faced by the ethnic minority group from the country's military.
He called on security forces to end the violence, protect civilians and work with the civilian government to implement the recommendations of a committee headed by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi, but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.
"More than half of the Rohingya women interviewed in early 2017 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh reported experiencing rape or other forms of sexual violence, but due to the acute social stigma, such cases are significantly under-reported", said a statement issued by the Special Representative.
Unable to cope with the recent exodus, Bangladesh, which has grown increasingly hostile toward the Rohingya, has been forcibly pushing thousands of people back into violence-wrought Myanmar.
Troops would be deployed immediately in Cox's Bazar near the border where more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have arrived since August 25, said Obaidul Quader, a senior minister and deputy head of the ruling Awami League party. Subsequently, Thailand cracked down on trafficking networks and the smuggling routes (prompting Rohingyas to move towards Bangladesh).
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said that many Muslims had not fled and urged foreign diplomats to study why certain areas of Rakhine state had "managed to keep the peace". According to International Organization for Migration, an estimated 8,000 people were stranded at sea in May 2015.
The plea said that India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the Principle of "Non-Refoulement', which prohibits deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives".
Often television news begins with "Today in Washington." or even more narrowly, "Today President Donald Trump." postponing or ignoring more important news from elsewhere in our world. Fellow refugees nodded in agreement, stating that they wanted the message to reach the Indian government through the media.
Close to 1 lakh Rohingyas are staying in Malaysia, a Musim-majority nation.
"Proportionate security measures targeted only on terrorists are being taken to safeguard our state security, and to restore law and order", he said.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Fillipo Grandi, will be in Bangladesh as of tomorrow to get a firsthand grasp of the scale of the crisis, meet refugees, and see UNHCR's continued ramping up of its response to support Bangladesh. "Many are at risk of exploitation, and detention".
Soldiers would help build shelters and toilets for the thousands of refugees still sleeping in the open under pounding monsoon rain, Quader said. Indonesian fishermen rescued several hundred Rohingyas, who were stranded at sea.
"Since India is not a party to the said Convention, or the said Protocol, the obligations contained therein are not applicable to India", it said.