Rohingya may be deported by India

Rohingya may be deported by India

Meanwhile, two Rohingya immigrants, one of them having last-stage blood cancer, have approached the SC, urging to direct the Central government to not deport them to Myanmar.

"Why are we being accused of being very inhuman?" he asked, adding that worldwide human rights organisations were unnecessarily targeting the Indian government. A party delegation would soon meet the concerned United Nations authorities in India, Basheer said.

He said that global organisations and human rights bodies were unfairly accusing the government of being harsh towards the Rohingyas. "The union government should show humanitarian consideration towards these refugees", he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the North-East Democratic Alliance here, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju declared: "They (Rohingyas) are illegal immigrants in India".

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

Deportation has to be done legally. His comments have come on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Myanmar, home to Rohingya Muslims, for his maiden two-day visit. "I want to tell the worldwide organisations whether the Rohingyas are registered under the United Nations Human Rights Commission or not.They are illegal immigrants in India", Rijiju was quoted as saying by PTI.

- These Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from persistent violence in Myanmar over the past seven years.

The latest exodus began on August 25 after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar Army.

Notably, there are over 16,000 Rohingyas in India registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) while the unregistered tally would take the figure to be over 40,000.

"We already have enough immigrants and can not afford more".

"It is more than obvious and the home ministry has time and again reiterated that India's position as far as Rohingya sentiments are concerned is clear, they have to go back", said Singh. That also applies equally to Rohingyas who have settled in different parts of the country including Jammu and Kashmir.

Sarma said Assam was not party to a case in this regard in the Supreme Court.

Until 2014, India has had a "golden tradition" of welcoming victims of religious persecution, whether they are Hindus and Christians of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, millions of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists of East Pakistan in 1971 after the Bangladesh war, many religious minorities of Afghanistan, Tibetans persecuted by the Chinese.



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