NOS News•Today, 20:23
Hours after an Indian minister announced that the country would provide apartments in New Delhi to Rohingya refugees, the announcement was denied by the Indian Ministry of the Interior. According to Human Rights Watch, there are currently 40,000 Rohingya refugees in the country, whom Prime Minister Modi’s government previously wanted to expel.
India’s Housing Minister wrote today Twitter that the “groundbreaking decision” had been made that all Rohingya refugees in the country will receive an apartment, basic amenities and non-stop security.
About seven hours later reported However, the Interior Ministry said there are no plans for this and that “illegal Rohingya refugees will remain in their current location until deported”.
This Indian journalist captured the two tweets:
Earlier this year, human rights groups fell over the Indian government’s plans to forcibly return Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. Human Rights Watch says it is still life-threatening for the Muslim minority there.
According to UN refugee agency UNHCR, at least 240 Rohingya are being held in deportation centers for allegedly entering the country illegally. This goes against the UN Refugee Convention, which India is one of the few countries not to sign.
Under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Modi and his BJP party, tensions between Muslims and Hindus have increased in India. Human Rights Watch says there have been multiple attacks on Islamist Rohingya by ultra-nationalist Hindu groups since 2017.
More than one million Rohingya fled their areas of life in Myanmar in 2017 due to a military operation by the Myanmar army. Refugees have made statements about killings, rapes and arson. Last year, the army seized full power in the country. Since March, the United States government has classified the Myanmar government’s policy towards the Rohingya as genocide.
Most refugees reside in neighboring Bangladesh. According to the United Nations, more than 600,000 of them reside in “the largest refugee camp in the world”. The Bangladeshi government is working with the UN to accommodate them, but the country’s prime minister said last week that “the Myanmar government must take them back.”