United Nations needs $200 million to cater for displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh


United Nations needs $200 million to cater for displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh

The home minister said India would not be violating any global law if it deports Rohingyas as it is not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.

"We are seriously concerned about this". Saturday's decision to impose a communication blackout on the stateless Muslim minority was justified for security reasons, said junior telecoms minister Tarana Halim, reports AFP. "It is likely some extremists organisations will try to exploit the situation".

About 3,500 people are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Some of them came in 2012 when violence broke out in their homeland.

The majority of the refugees are women and children, with one in five households estimated to be headed by women. "The young men are the main target, and we are very cautious", said the official.

Amid escalating trouble for the immigrated Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Bangladesh has now banned telecom operators from providing mobile services to the refugees.

"Ramadan says Canada should be part of a peacekeeping force to protect Rohingya villages that have not been burned (down)...before we can get people back to villages (that are still intact)".

The once 1.1-million strong group are denied citizenship in mainly Buddhist Myanmar and widely viewed as foreign invaders from Bangladesh, a narrative pushed by army chief Min Aung Hlaing in regular Facebook posts.

Myanmar responded with military "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

But Rohingya Muslim leaders said it could be because villages located near the border in Myanmar's Rakhine state were now empty. It is regrettable that some countries are not willing to speak strongly in favour of Rohingyas, who are facing worst kind of brutalities, just for the sake of their commercial, defence or geo-strategic interests and this approach is proving disastrous for the hapless Muslims in Myanmar. "You know the rest is much easier once the conditions are in place", Filippo Grandi told reporters on Sunday in south-eastern Bangladeshi town of Cox's Bazar about possible repatriation of the refugees.

The foreign ministry official said Bangladesh has received a total of 270,000 tonnes of relief material since August 24 from various worldwide aid organisations.

The team, which comprises three doctors, nine nurses and supervision officials from Lazismu, Muhammadiyah's philanthropic group, will join Muhammadiyah's aid team, named MuhammadiyahAid, based in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka since September 17.

"The Kofi Annan commission was instituted by the Myanmar government".