Taking a strong stand on the issue of deportation of Rohingyas back to Myanmar, Indian Union Muslim League’s Kerala state President Panakkad Syed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal has said that his party will strongly resist any move to deport Rohingya refugees from India.
Thangal said that the Union Government should desist from sending the refugees back. He was inaugurating a meeting organised by the Muslim Youth League in Kozhikode on Saturday to express solidarity with the Rohingyas.
“The IUML will launch agitation inside and outside the Parliament against the move to send back the Rohingyas. The union government’s stand in offering help to the people in distress is very disappointing,” he said, the Times of India reports.
“Aung San Suu Kyi had not even condemned the continuing killings in her country,” Thangal said. “It is really regrettable that unspeakable violence is unleashed on Rohingyas in Myanmar under the Nobel laureate Suu Kyi. The violence in Myanmar has assumed the proportion of the worst genocide in the history of the world. Even the United had said that Rohingyas are the worst tortured people in the world,” the IUML chief said.
He added, “The Rohingyas have been denied opportunity to education and jobs. The atrocities on them are decades-old. What is more disturbing is the fact that the violence is being perpetrated in the name of Lord Buddha, who advocated non-violence.”
Dr Bawa Singh is Assistant Professor at Central University, Punjab, writes that “Operations carried out by government security forces against Rohingyas led to grave breaches of human rights, including mass killings, third-degree torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, rapes and other sexual violence. Also, these people have been facing restrictions like freedom of movement, marriage, education, and employment.”
“Given their critical food insecurity and malnutrition, the Rohingyas have been suffering from many diseases as the government does not allow humanitarian agencies to provide them necessities like food and medicines. Since the violence began in 2012, approximately 120,000 Rohingyas have been displaced in the various Rakhine state camps and to neighbouring countries,” he added.