India’s monsoon brings pain for Rohingya Muslims

The tropical depression, likely to strengthen into monsoon, threatens areas of India where thousands of Muslim victims of ethnic and religious unrest are living in camps and poor conditions. The United Nations has warned there could be a humanitarian catastrophe if people were not evacuated.

What we found in this forgotten community is shocking. The Rohingyas are among the most persecuted people on the planet. They are not officially citizens and are denied passports, access to health-care, education and decent jobs – even in India.

India is not a signatory to the United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees. Since there is no law that deals with foreign refugees, the government will decide whether or not to grant the Rohingyas refugee status on a case-by-case basis. Asylum seekers can be given the UN refugee cards instead, which the agency says could also take time.

By voice4rohingya

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