Rohingya's must be deported: Centre tells Supreme Court

Aaron Brown
September 17, 2017

Zakharova said Russian Federation welcomed the measures taken by the "Myanmar Government to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan". India has also made a decision to grant citizenship to Buddhist and Hindu refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Further referring to the Sri Lankan refugees staying in Tamil Nadu, Owaisi said that they were allowed to stay in India even after being accused of spreading terrorism.

Calling Rohingya Muslims a "serious threat to national security" and as a class vulnerable to be exploited for terrorist activities by ISIS, the Indian government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that they must be deported "in the larger interest of the nation". The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. Another Minister of State in the Home Ministry, Hansraj Ahir, said on Wednesday that keeping Rohingyas in India will create law and order problems.

The Centre has to file an affidavit in response to a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, who claim that they faced persecution in Myanmar, and said the Centre's plan to deport them was in violation of global convention. It is unlikely that India or China would open their doors to allow Rohingya Muslim refugees to enter owing to real or perceived security concerns.

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According to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, at least 2,70,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Only about 40,000 Rohingyas are acknowledged as citizens in their country. It had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally- staying foreign nationals. He said that it is in the process of being finalised. "We are a human rights body and if these persons (Rohingyas) are deported back to their country, we see it as a violation of human rights", NHRC chairperson and former Chief Justice of India Justice H L Dattu said.

It has also sought a direction that Rohingyas be provided "basic amenities to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by worldwide law". Myanmar has insisted that Rohingya insurgents and fleeing villagers themselves are destroying their villages.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

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