Rohingyas: Time for Saudi Arabia to give shelter to their Muslim brothers – Ravi Shankar

Rohingya refugee in Jammu

Ravi Shankar EttethIt is no longer a credible excuse to absolve the collective innocence of the Rohingyas, Syrians and Palestinians of the blood of innocents that stains the hands of their murderous children. The onus of preventing mass murder lies on the community as a whole. – Ravi Shankar 

We live in the Age of the Refugee. Political strife and sectarian violence have displaced millions of people, rendering them practically stateless. As of mid-2016, their number was 16.5 million, living in makeshift camps in horrendous conditions on the kindness of strangers. As India draws up plans to deport over 14,000 registered Rohingyas (the unofficial count is higher), a vast humanitarian crisis is in the making.

However, today, the civilised world faces a savage threat from refugees and immigrants who drive trucks into innocent crowds, rake nightclubs with automatic fire and stab shoppers. The Islamist narrative has polarised the world as terrorists create havoc in countries that welcomed them with dole and free housing at taxpayers’ expense, and ignoring the savage laws they brought from home in the name of “cultural sensitivity”. This weakness of conscience is what the IS exploited, by infiltrating the Syrian refugee wave with suicide bombers and killers who want nothing more than to destroy the very societies that welcomed them with open arms.

The Rohingyas are the refugees of the subcontinental moment. After a border attack by Rohingya terror group Harakah al-Yaqin, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi spoke out against their involvement with Islamic militants. The trend of radicalisation among young Rohingyas is real—Rohingya terror group Aqa Mul Mujahidin (AMM) is operating in Kashmir with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. Agencies found that AMM fighters had received training in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Security men recently killed a Hafiz Saeed-sponsored Rohingya terrorist in the Valley. The war against Islamic militancy is being fought between religion and nationalism. Fundamentalists believe only in faith, not national or cultural identity.

India is home to millions of illegal immigrants. Like Bangladeshis, they are spread across the country. Decades of minority vote pandering has changed the demographic balance in many states. Once, anti-refugee feeling had economic reasons; today, it’s driven mostly by fear of an alien religion interfering in domestic culture and way of life.

The current global refugee crisis has been created by Islam’s internal war. It is responsible for the agony of millions of Muslims who have been killed, maimed and orphaned. The International Crisis Group, which works to resolve deadly conflicts, has identified links between Rohingyas and the Saudi-Pakistan terror nexus. It is true that only a few suicide bombers and terrorists have risen from refugee camps. But it is no longer a credible excuse to absolve the collective innocence of the Rohingyas, Syrians and Palestinians of the blood of innocents that stains the hands of their murderous children. The onus of preventing mass murder lies on the community as a whole. – The New Sunday Express, 10 September 2017

» Ravi Shankar is a columnist for The New Indian Express in New Delhi.

Rohingya refugees at prayer in Jammu
Rohingya refugee routes out of Burma

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  1. India UN Ambassador Rajiv Chander

    India hits back at UN Human Rights Commissioner’s criticism over Rohingya human rights issue – ANI – Geneva – Sept 12, 2017

    GENEVA: India on Tuesday reacted strongly to remarks made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on the issue of deportation of Rohingya Muslims
    Ambassador Rajiv K Chander, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, expressed disapproval of the remarks of Al Hussein, who had criticised New Delhi’s current measures to deport Rohingyas “at a time of such violence against them”.

    Al Hussein had deplored India’s measures to deport the Rohingya refugees, noting that “nearly 40,000 had settled in India and 16,000 of them had received refugee documentation.”

    “We are perplexed at some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update. There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practiced daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions.

    Tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society,” Rajiv K Chander said.

    Chander further said that like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges and added that enforcing laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion.

    Chander then pointed at the issue of Kashmir and said, “We have also noted that the issue of human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been raised. It is a matter of regret that the central role of terrorism is once again being overlooked. Assessments of human rights should not be a matter of political convenience.”

    “India believes that achieving human rights goals calls for objective consideration, balanced judgements and verification of facts. Our government’s motto of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ is a true reflection of our commitment to achieve inclusive development in the spirit of leaving none of our citizens behind,” he added.

    “It is also surprising that individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation. India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights. A more informed view would have not only recognized this but also noted, for example, that the Prime Minister himself publicly condemned violence in the name of cow protection. India does not condone any actions in violation of law and imputations to the contrary are not justified,” he said.


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