Rohingyas illegal immigrants, not refugees: Rajnath

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The first recommendation says the Bangladesh government has to take further steps for Rohingya refugees.

Moreover, the Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim group and Trump's proposed ban on visitors from several Muslim-majority countries has been widely seen as Islamophobic.

The funding "reflects the USA commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people", said the State Department's Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw on Wednesday at the ongoing UN General Assembly here. "None among them has followed that procedure", the minister said in his address to the "National Seminar on Good Governance, Development and Human Rights" here.

Rohingya activists have used the platform to post alleged scenes of brutality from the conflict zone, where humanitarian and media access is severely restricted, while the army and government deliver near-daily updates on the crisis.

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

On August 18, the NHRC had issued notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingya immigrants, who have been residing in various parts of India.

The government said it would place all intelligence inputs in a sealed envelope before the apex court on October 3 to prove its claim that Rohingyas are a security threat.

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Myanmar considers the Rohingyas illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, whereas Bangladesh considers them Myanmar citizens.

However, Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer representing Rohingya Muslims, told Anadolu Agency the Indian government's claims were not based on evidence. No Rohingya has applied for asylum. "So, this has given us a new hope", he added.

"We don't want Myanmar to be a nation divided by religious beliefs or ethnicities".

Last month, State Minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament the central government had asked Indian states to identify Rohingya Muslims living illegally and initiate deportation processes.

Buddhists in Rakhine have accused global aid groups of favouring Rohingya.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". In a report, United Nations investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

Myanmar insisted on Wednesday to the United Nations that the crisis in violence-torn Rakhine state was easing after heavy worldwide criticism.

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