[Asif Shaikh, MLA of Malegaon, is addressing a rally on Friday September 08, 2017 near Shahidon Ki Yadgaar in Malegaon. The rally was called to protest the persecution of Rohinyga Muslims in Myanmar. (ummid.cm photo)]
Malegaon: Stating that deporting the Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar will be against the International Charter of Human Rights, local MLA Asif Shaikh on Friday demanded from the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi to relocate them in Malegaon.
"If the Modi government considers Rohingya Muslim refugees living in India a burden, it should relocate them in Malegaon. We are ready to take care of their food and livelihood", Asif Shaikh, Congress MLA from Malegaon Central area, said.
Addressing a protest rally at Shahidon ki Yadgaar against the genocide of Rohinya Muslims at the hands of Myanmar security agencies and Buddhists extremists, Asif Shaikh also sought the permission from the government to carry relief to Bangladesh where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have migrated.
During his speech Asif Shaikh also criticized, Prime Minister Modi's lackluster stand during his recent meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi vis-à-vis the pathetic situation in Rakhine state and persecution of poor Rohingya Muslims.
[Protesters urged the Nobel Award Committee to strip Suu Kyi of the Nobel Peace she was conferred in 1991. (ummid.cm photo)]
Led by Mayor of Malegaon Shaikh Rasheed, hundreds of people representing different solidarity groups today participated in the rally called by Insanyat Bachao Sangharsh Samiti.
The protesters carried banner and shouted slogan against Myanmar government, Aung San Suu Kyi and Buddhist terrorists. They also urged the Nobel Award Committee to strip Suu Kyi of the Nobel Peace she was conferred in 1991.
Meanwhile, the United Nations in its latest report said More than a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh in just two weeks, fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
Spokesman of the United Nations refugee agency William Spindler said 270,000 Rohingya had crossed the border since August 25, when clashes between the military and militants intensified.
The new numbers represent roughly a third of the country's Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim minority, although the Myanmar government doesn't release exact population figures.
Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Myanmar, said Friday that at least 1,000 people had been killed in the violence over the past two weeks, though she said that figure is "very likely an underestimate."
"Figures are difficult to verify because of lack of access to the affected areas," she said.
The Rohingya Muslims are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people. The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.