BSFusing chilli sprays, stun grenades to stop Rohingya Muslims from entering India

Myanmar willing to accept Rohingya says Rajnath

Myanmar willing to accept Rohingya says Rajnath Singh

New satellite images and videos from Myanmar's Rakhine state show smoke rising from Rohingya Muslim villages, contradicting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's claims that military operations there have ended, according to Amnesty International.

A Rohingya petitioner on Friday told the Supreme Court that they were not illegal immigrants but refugees who fled Myanmar and came to India for shelter in wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion and community identity and were entitled to all protection under the worldwide conventions on refugees and treaties.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said Rohingya Muslims living in India are not refugees but illegal immigrants from Myanmar, and that objections to deport them are baseless since Myanmar has expressed its willingness to take them back.

"Not satisfied with simply forcing Rohingya from their homes, authorities seem intent on ensuring they have no homes to return to", said Tirana Hasan from Amnesty.

Human Rights Watch on Saturday also echoed allegations from Bangladeshi officials that Myanmar security forces were laying landmines along the border, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have crossed in the largest mass refugee movement in recent decades.

Western Rakhine, for years a hotbed of tension between Myanmar's Rohingya minority and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, has been seized by crisis since the army launched a crackdown on Rohingya militants in late August.

The refugees are fleeing a fresh security operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

The operation has been so sweeping and brutal that the United Nations says it likely amounts to "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya, almost 430,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh in under one month.

The retired Chief Justice of India said the human rights body was helping the Rohingya on "humanitarian grounds" as they faced persecution in Myanmar.

Despite the presence of Rohingya for generations, Myanmar's policies towards have always been driven by that belief: that they are foreign, illegal migrants of Bengali origin.

Rohingya refugees entered Bangladesh through border points-Anjuman Para and Rahmater Beel-in Palongkhali union in Ukhia upazila on September 24, 2017.

Murphy said the USA had warned Myanmar about potential repercussions it faces if it doesn't address the crisis, including greater instability in Rakhine, threats to the stability of its borders, the risk of attracting global terrorists, scaring off investment, and ultimately stunting its transition to democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, in a live televised addressed to the nation, said the government is committed to finding a sustainable solution to the unrest. "I think she has her own political reasons", he said.

"We don't want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we won't tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil", said a senior official with the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi.

While India has so far sent a 100-tonne consignment of aid to Bangladesh, it has targeted the influx of migrants into the country, called them "illegal" and a "threat to national security".

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