Bangladesh Warns Myanmar Over Border Amid Refugee Crisis


Within the framework of Bangladesh's National Strategy on Myanmar Refugees and Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs) in Bangladesh, IOM has been coordinating the humanitarian assistance to people who have crossed in Bangladesh from Myanmar and vulnerable host communities in Cox's Bazar since 2014.

Desperate Rohingya grab for aid handouts of clothing and food in Tankhali, Bangladesh. "We do support the United Nations appeal to help the Rohingya people". "This violence must stop, this persecution must stop". "We can not rule out the possibility of security threat", Singh had said.

Mr Pierce warns the number of displaced people at the border could rise beyond one million by the end of the year if the influx continues, including about 600,000 children.

Most Rohingya, who spent more than a week trekking cross-country from Rakhine to reach the Bangladesh border, have found existing camps overflowing and have instead settled on muddy roadsides.

Ahead of the council, Nobel Peace Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus, together with 12 other Nobel Laureates and worldwide personalities sent an open letter to the UNSC urging it to intervene to end the Rohingya crisis.

A Myanmar government spokesman said he did not have information about the incidents Bangladesh had complained about but Myanmar had denied an earlier accusation.

However, Mr Htay said Myanmar would not be able to allow all those who fled to Bangladesh to return.

Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali had met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week and discussed the issue of Rohingyas in detail.

As tensions mount between the neighbours, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said Bangladesh "will continue global pressure on the Myanmar government to immediately end its ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya".

Meanwhile, two Rohingya Muslim refugees have urged the Supreme Court to direct the Central government to not deport them to Myanmar.

The principle of non-refoulement - or not sending back refugees to a place where they face danger - is considered part of customary global law and is binding on all states whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not.

Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have settled in India, and almost 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations. "We are really concerned", Mamata said in a tweet.

The government has recently raised "serious concern" over reports of renewed violence and attacks in Myanmar and extended its "strong" support to the Myanmarese government at this "challenging moment".

Government sources also say that that the Rohingyas need to be deported, keeping in mind certain strategic reasons. Myanmar has insisted that Rohingya insurgents and fleeing villagers themselves are destroying their villages.