Malaysia calls for urgent action to address Rohingya issue

Rohingya Muslims a security threat, says Centre to Supreme Court

Rohingya Muslims a security threat, says Centre to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court had asked the government to clarify its position on people of the Rohingya community of Myanmar, illegally residing in India.

Today, the Centre told the Supreme Court that Rohingya Muslims are "illegal" immigrants in the country and their continuous stay had "serious national security ramifications".

Many Rohingya living in India fled persecution in Myanmar in 2012.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said the military's "brutal" security campaign was in clear violation of worldwide law, and cited what he called refugees' consistent accounts of widespread extrajudicial killings, rape, and other atrocities.

"We are concerned to hear the number of Muslims fleeing areas to Bangladesh", she said, condemning any "human rights violations" that may have exacerbated the crisis.

The remarks by Wang to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in NY on Tuesday, however, appeared to show some sympathy for the difficulties Myanmar faces quelling the insurgency.

She was criticized by the global communities for not speaking up on the Rohingya crisis.

Tension between majority Buddhists and Rohingya in Rakhine state has simmered for decades but it has exploded in violence several times over the past few years, as old prejudices have surfaced with the end of decades of military rule. They have seen evidence of arson attacks on Buddhist villagers, but on a much smaller scale.

India's government said Monday that it has evidence there are extremists who pose a threat to the country's security among the Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar and settled in many Indian cities.

Schwartz said that in addition to food, water and shelter, the refugees will need clothing, security for camps being erected on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, education for hundreds of thousands of child refugees, and psychosocial support for those who have experienced trauma during the exodus. "I want to request the government not to send us back to Myanmar".

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who filed the plea on behalf of two Rohingya men, will file a rejoinder to the government's affidavit, his office told Reuters.

Suu Kyi, in her first public appearance, has cleared her stand on the ongoing Rohingya crisis, which was termed as ethnic cleansing by the United Nations.

The latest bout of bloodshed began in August when Rohingya insurgents attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp, killing about 12 people.

"We - the humanitarian agencies on the ground - are now a long way from being able to provide this, given the numbers and the speed at which people have arrived and continue to arrive".

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