Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)
For Immediate Release 7 September 2023
The Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK today called on world leaders arriving in India for the G20 Summit to apply pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end his support for the Myanmar military and their ongoing genocide against the Rohingya.
Under Prime Minister Modi, India continued to arm the Burmese military despite ongoing genocide, as well as doing business with the military and funding and constructing controversial so-called development projects in Rakhine State from which Rohingya are excluded from benefiting.
India funded the construction of homes for repatriated Rohingya as part of the military and NLD-led government’s attempt to avoid international accountability for Rohingya genocide and has provided diplomatic support in the region and at the United Nations.
The UNHCR estimates there are 22,000 Rohingya refugees in India, while others believe the true number is at least 30,000. India has handed over the names of 20,000 Rohingya refugees in India and refuses to give protected status to Rohingya refugees in the country. Rohingya refugees are threatened with deportation and face arbitrary arrest, beatings, and detention. They have also faced their homes being demolished. Modi’s ruling BJP Party stirs up fear and hatred of Rohingya refugees for political purposes, claiming they are a threat to national security.
“G20 leaders arriving in India are arriving in a country where Rohingya refugees live in fear every day”, said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. “Modi is complicit in Rohingya genocide through his policies of arming and supporting the Burmese military. Biden, Sunak and EU leaders must not stay silent over India’s support for the Burmese military for the sake of smiling photo ops and possible business deals.”
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