Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, March 12, 2021
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 03122021 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, March 12, 2021
6:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· Coronavirus vaccination process is on the way for Rohingyas refugee in Cox’s Bazar
· Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a UN Security Council
· United States Targets Family Members Profiting from Connection to Burmese Coup Leader
· At Least 12 More Killed as Myanmar Regime Steps Up Violence
· Military Council says to Remain in Control for Certain time and hold Elections
· The Myanmar army has accused Suu Kyi of embezzling $600,000 and gold
· Military Announced AA being removed from Designated Terrorist list
· Biden hopes for a better future, remembering the deaths of more than half a million people
· Efforts to repatriate Rohingyas in India: Rohingyas panicked
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: Ali Johar
Director of Education, Rohingya Human Rights Initiative
Based in New Delhi, India
Topic: Rohingya refugee crisis in Jammu and Kashmir: Who is responsible for the desperate Rohingya people?
Translation Summary: Ali Johar, a Rohingya Human Rights Activist told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that in 2017 a member of India’s ruling party (BJP) has filed a petition at the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir asking to identify and deport all the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from J&K territory. Hearing the matter on 13th February the court directed the state under the Union, Government to file a reply within a month stating the numbers of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in J&K, their status, location, situation, and what measures are undertaken by the government to deport them.
On the 6th of March (Saturday) many Rohingya refugees in Jammu & Kashmir were gathered for verification at Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu where basic biodata information including relatives of the refugees in Myanmar was filled up by authorities along with collections of biometrics of the refugees. Although similar verifications took place previously as well, 155 refugees were randomly detained by police making this time a different one. Later the same day 13 more refugees were detained in the evening. The next morning police with vehicles were deployed near several refugees’ settlements as per the information provided by refugees. As a result, many refugees started to flee from their camps and some even went in to hide in jungles out of fear of being detained or family separation.
According to UNHCR’s data, there are around 19,000 Rohingya refugees including approximately 350 in several detentions and 200 new arrivals in the year 2020. After the petition at the high court of J&K in February 2017, then, union minister Kiran Reijo in August announced at the parliament of India that all the Rohingya across India will be identified and deported back to Myanmar. And the government started collecting biometrics of the refugees along with basic biodata across India. Fearing deportation some Rohingyas filed a petition at the Supreme Court of India asking for an intervention in the matter requesting not to deport them in the unconducive situation in Myanmar.
Besides that, there was already a petition at the Supreme Court of India where refugees have argued for access to basic human rights like access to health and education for women and children where the Highest Court of India has actually issued a favorable direction for the Rohingya refugees residing in Delhi and Haryana. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also issued “Long Term Visas” to many Rohingya refugees between the period of 2014