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India launches detention drive against Rohingya refugees in Jammu

Shahana Butt
Press TV, Indian-controlled Kashmir

Heart-breaking scenes are appearing from the Jammu region of Indian-administered Kashmir, after authorities launched a drive against illegal immigrants in the region.

Authorities are going makeshift camp to makeshift camp, collecting biometrics and other details of Rohingya refugees. The drive is a part of an exercise to trace foreigners living without valid documents.

According to official records, so far, 168 immigrant Rohingya have been detained because of not having documentation.

Fearing detention, many families are leaving the refugee camps and moving to unknown destinations.

According to official records, 13,700 foreigners, including Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals, are settled in the Jammu region, where the population has almost doubled between 2006 and 2016.

According to the United Nations, the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority group, are the world’s most persecuted minority. The community has faced institutionalized discrimination, such as denial of citizenship in Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, and is denied movement, state education, and civil services.

Thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled their homes after facing genocide at the hands of Myanmarese authorities. But so far, the world has failed to secure the future of this community, which is now living in constant fear of deportation, scattered around the region.

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