A senior official of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs
said the country had been in consultation with Myanmar to restore normalcy in
the Rohingya territory of the State of Rakhine but pointed out that the issue
might not figure in the ongoing visit of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina to India.
“Our view on Rohingya issue is that the situation in the
Rakhine State will have to be contained by the Government of Myanmar. Some
years back, we had extended a sum of money to the Government of Myanmar to
restore communal harmony and the indication from Myanmar was that they would
come back to us [for additional financial support],” said Sripriya Ranganathan,
official in charge of Myanmar-Bangladesh affairs in the Ministry of External
Affairs, the Hindu reported.
India’s comments followed a day after rights body Amnesty
International cautioned New Delhi against forcibly relocating Rohingyas to
Myanmar where the community faces discrimination. Amnesty said media reports
had suggested that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was planning to “identify, arrest and deport” thousands of Rohingya refugees from various states
Muslims back to Myanmar — where the community has faced horrific abuses — would
not just be a violation of India’s commitments under international law, but
also a blemish on India’s history of supporting those fleeing persecution,”
said Raghu Menon, Media and Advocacy Manager at Amnesty International India.
The MEA official said the government of Bangladesh had been
vocal in recent times, due to the difficulties it faced over movement of people
across the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.
Amnesty International’s India branch issued a fresh appeal
for protection of the Rohingyas, soon after Prime Minister Hasina reached India