SC to hear Rohingya refugees' plea on October 13

04 October, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • The apex court which fixed a batch pleas for and against the Rohingyas for hearing on October 13 said it will hear arguments only on the points of law as the matter concerned humanitarian cause and humanity which required to be heard with mutual respect

There are around one million Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar.

Many of those who fled will be unable to supply such documentation as the Rohingya population have been denied citizenship and classified as illegal immigrants in Burma, despite claiming roots in the country that go back centuries.

Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya Muslims as citizens.

Since Aug 25, over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh, joining over 300,000 refugees who have fled the organized military violence raised against the community since the early 1990s.

Bangladesh's foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Monday held talks in Dhaka with a senior representative of Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked both the parties, the Centre and the two Rohingya Muslim refugees who have filed the petition, to compile all documents and global conventions for assisting the court.

A Myanmar beauty queen has been stripped of her title after accusing Rohingya Muslims of being "harbingers of terror and violence" in the ongoing conflict in the Rakhine state.

"It is pertinent to note in this context that UNHCR has expressed concern that States may be inclined to expel groups or individuals based on religious, ethnic or national origin or political affiliation, on the mere assumption that they may be involved in terrorism", the petitioners argued.

She said those who have been verified as refugees from Myanmar will be repatriated without any problems.

"Everything was burned, even people were burned", said a man who identified himself as Abdullah, dismissing the chances that people would have documents to prove a right to stay in Myanmar.

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He said that the deputy commissioner at Rakhine is visiting the affected areas and giving assurance about the security in place and urging the Rohingyas not to leave the country.

It may be mentioned that over 6,000 Rohingya people reportedly entered Bangladesh through Ulubunia point in Teknaf yesterday fearing fresh persecutions in Rakhine. However, an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State headed by Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General, is probing into the truths of Rakhine and Rohingyas.

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims fled their nation's army as it advanced, crossing into neighboring Bangladesh.

In June, in her capacity as foreign minister, she banned the members of a United Nations fact-finding mission from entering Myanmar to investigate military abuses.

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