Mayawati urges centre to adopt humanitarian approach for Rohingya Muslims

16 September, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Ora Austin
  • A Rohingya Muslim woman who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh walks with her daughter after receiving aid material in Teknaf Bangladesh

The Centre has made a decision to file its affidavit on the issue of deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants in the Supreme Court on Monday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government's stand regarding the Rohingyas will be cleared on 18 Sep to the Supreme Court.

The affidavit filed by the government comes as a response to a PIL filed by some Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar fearing persecution.

Meanwhile, on Thursday Centre had withdrawn an affidavit on the same issue which was presented in the Supreme Court on the grounds that it had not yet been finalised and was served inadvertently.

"This act would also be in contradiction with the principle of "Non-Refoulement", which has been widely recognised as a principle of Customary International Law", the plea said, while seeking a direction to the government not to deport them and other members of Rohingya community.

According to home ministry officials there were almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in the country.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday found fault with attempts to portray India as a "villain" in the Rohingya refugee issue.

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The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were presently staying in India.

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.

"The continuity of Rohingya immigration and their continued stay in India, apart from being illegal, has serious national security ramification".

The meeting was called after India was named and shamed for its stand on Rohingyas at the United Nations on Monday by its chief Antonio Guterres.

"MHA has not filed any affidavit on Rohingyas in SC". 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. The affidavit read that the Centre had received contemporaneous inputs saying that the some of the Rohingyas were linked with the Pakistan- and Bangladesh-based terror organisations.

Bangladesh is also growing hostile to the Rohingya, more than 400,000 of whom live there after fleeing Myanmar since the early 1990s. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state is a continuous process, the Home Ministry communication to states said.

The petition further said that India has traditionally been a hospitable host to refugees and displaced people, both from South Asia and across the world.

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