UN and US State Department pressure Bangladesh to take in more Rohingya Muslims
Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 18, 2012
…and Bangladesh, a Muslim country, says NO! Will we be next?
Here is more on the on-going battle for Burma (aka Myanmar) between the Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims, from the Myanmar Times:
DHAKA – Bangladesh refused last week to open its border to Rohingya Muslims fleeing communal violence in Myanmar despite pressure from the United States and rights groups.
The impoverished South Asian country, already home to a Rohingya refugee population estimated at 300,000, turned away more migrants on June 14 and has sealed its 200-kilometre (125-mile) border with Myanmar.
At least 17 boats carrying nearly 700 Rohingya have been turned back on the Naf river that separates the countries since June 11 in the wake of violence between Rakhine and Rohingya – known in Myanmar as “Bengali Muslims” – that killed dozens in northern Rakhine State.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told parliament on June 14 that Dhaka was not “obligated” to host refugees from Myanmar, saying Bangladesh had not signed any international conventions, laws or norms on refugees.
“Some international organisations, some international NGOs and some friendly nations have requested us so that we open our border to allow their [Rohingya refugees] unrestricted entry into our country,” she said.
“I want to tell them it will not be proper to make this type of request to us.”
The United States on June 13 urged Bangladesh to allow in the Rohingya, described by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
The UN Refugee Agency and New York-based Human Rights Watch have also called on Dhaka to open its border.
Why should we care about this?
I’ve been writing about Rohingya since 2008 and warning that the US State Department and its refugee contractors are building a case for us to take more and more Rohingya “refugees.” The Rohingya are strict Islamists whose women are fully covered. For those unfamiliar with Rohingya we have 108 posts in our Rohingya Reports category, here.
Hundreds of readers have visited this post from 2009 where we learned the US State Department had linked the Rohingya with a terrorist group, but now the State Department link to the report has been removed.
The drumbeat is growing to bring them to the US.
There is no sense trying to tell the US State Department anything, if you want to vent about not taking Rohingya refugees into your cities and towns, contact your elected officials in Washington—your Congressman and your US Senators.
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