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India protests UN criticism over Rohingyas; China supports crackdown on Rohingya militants

After UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein criticized India’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslim migrants, India has hit back strongly providing valid reasons for its decisions. Ambassador Rajiv K Chander, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, strongly disapproved the statement made by Al Hussein. Chander said that the government is perplexed that such statements are being made by people holding high posts in the United Nations. He said that India is a vibrant democracy where thousands of communities thrive and everyone enjoys the right and freedom to practice their religion and way of life. He said that statements made by Al Hussein appear to be biased and probably based on false reports.

India’s viewpoint got support from China when the country said that it supports the crackdown on Rohingya militants. While most other countries are opposed to the crackdown on Rohingya militants, China has come out in support of Myanmar. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that the country supports Myanmar’s efforts to establish peace and stability in Rakhine state. He said that China is hopeful that normalcy will be restored in the region as soon as possible. Myanmar has also defended its actions, as it has consistently maintained that it is trying to control the extremist terrorists from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).

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