Rohingya being subjected to campaign of forced starvation

Rohingya being subjected to campaign of forced starvation

Rohingya being subjected to campaign of forced starvation

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted more time to the Centre to file an affidavit in the Rohingya refugees case, where it argued that India did not want to become the world's refugee capital.

He said that "safe, dignified and sustainable returns" of the refugees are "of course impossible under current conditions".

Gilmour said the rate of killings and sexual violence in Rakhine has subsided since August and September previous year, but "It appears that widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya persists".

The military's statement maintained that "illegal Bengalis" were responsible for violence in Rakhine State, using a term preferred by the majority of Myanmar to infer Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay said he had not seen the United Nations statement published on Tuesday, but that Myanmar was not committing ethnic cleansing. "I don't think we can draw any other conclusion from what I have seen and heard in Cox's Bazar", UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said after speaking to newly-arrived Rohingya in Bangladesh's crowded refugee camps.

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Abductions of Rohingya girls and women by Burmese security forces was a "recurring theme" said the OHCHR, corroborating accounts of sexual violence and killings provided to other United Nations agencies and non-profit organisations including Human Rights Watch.

The Tatmadaw army of Burma stands accused of mass killings, rape and arson in Muslim villages as part of "clearing operations" in response to an attack by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on military and police outposts on Aug 25 a year ago.

Living conditions for refugees remain extremely hard despite a growing global response, but the United Nations refugee agency said the threat from elephants had emerged as a new concern.

The office is monitoring developments after several thousand people living in a makeshift camp "were reportedly ordered to vacate the area by the Myanmar authorities", the agency said. Some 7,00,000 people have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since August, BBC reported. Zaw Htay said Myanmar had the right to move people from its territory and part of an agreed "buffer zone" with Bangladesh. "They are now even more reluctant to go back to their homeland".

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