Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

This government has instead chosen to play up'the nation under threat factor

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that Rohingyas who have entered India from Myanmar should not be mistaken as refugees because they are "illegal immigrants" who need to be sent back due to national security reasons.

As a outcome of recent armed clashes between Rohingya insurgents and the Myanmar military, more than 400,000 Rohingya people have been forced to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

The new funding brings USA humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Burma and refugees from Burma in the region to almost $95 million in FY 2017, and it reflects the US commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people.

The aid is going mostly into Bangladesh but also through Indonesia and Malaysia, he said.

At least 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what a senior United Nations official has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The move came shortly before activists started accusing the social media giant of censoring posts about the military campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

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He said a committee had been established under the social welfare minister to implement recommendations of an advisory commission chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the government would establish an advisory board comprised of "eminent persons" from Myanmar and overseas. BJP leaders argued that there is a little possibility of the Government diluting its stand on security concerns vis-a-vis Rohingyas as refugees.

Aid agencies have launched a huge relief operation around Cox's Bazar, but they say they have been taken by surprise by the scope of the influx from Myanmar.

The current crisis in Myanmar began when the anti-Muslim sentiment turned worse after an August 25 attack by the ARSA, killing twelve security officers in the northern Rakhine state.

Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of homes burned.

Aung San Suu Kyi - the civilian leader of Myanmar and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize - said Tuesday that her country is "not afraid of worldwide scrutiny" as she directly addressed the Rohingya crisis for the first time.

The attack occurred in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state. Among other priorities, one of the primary themes of this year's General Assembly is bolstering support for humanitarian assistance to ongoing emergencies, in particular for refugees and the communities that host them.

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