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The new year 2018 brings no end to violence against Rohingyas: UN

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With Rohingya still arriving in Bangladesh, the New Year brings no end to the reports of violence and fears, which have forced many of them to flee their homes in Myanmar, says the IOM on Monday.

Over 2,400 Rohingyas are estimated to have arrived in Bangladesh during December 2017, with more people continuing to arrive each day as 2018 begins, according to the UN Migration Agency.

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A major upsurge of violence in Northern Rakhine State of Myanmar, in late August 2017 forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

While the number of daily arrivals has dropped significantly since the height of the influx, many of those now reaching Bangladesh say they faced additional challenges, which delayed their escape.

Many Rohingyas have come to the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir.


The latest United Nations report on the Rohingya community revealed shocking facts about the atrocities that they are facing, like women being raped, tortured, and children cut to death and villages burnt down.

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The atrocities don’t end here. The problems are multiplied when political parties start using them for vote bank politics.

Around the Jammu city, billboards of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party carry the slogan, “Wake up Jammu! Rohingyas, Bangladeshis quit Jammu!” and “ Let all Jammuites unite to save  history, culture and identity of Dogras.”

Recently, Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry created a stir by saying that they will launch an ‘identify and kill’ movement against Rohingyas if the government fails to deport them. Due to a sharp reaction, they ‘clarified’ that their statement was misread by anti-social and anti-national elements.

“We meant that we want to ‘identify’ and ‘kill’ the issue once for all,” they said in a statement.

In concrete terms nothing has really been done to help the conditions of the Rohingya refugees. They keep asking why can’t they be recognized, if there is a possibility for recognizing West Pakistan Refugees.


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