India can't deport Rohingya refugees, says UNHCR

Just under half of Rakhine's Rohingya population has poured into Bangladesh where they now languish in one of the world's largest refugee camps

Just under half of Rakhine's Rohingya population has poured into Bangladesh where they now languish in one of the world's largest refugee camps

Taking on the government's critics, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked why they should object to deporting illegal immigrants if Myanmar is willing to take back the Rohingyas.

Home Minister Kiren Rijiju recently revealed that only 14,000 or so Rohingya Muslims in India were registered with the United Nations refugee agency, and that India was considering deporting the illegal refugees.

The report added that the petition filed by Rohingya refugees, is being argued by senior advocates Fali S Nariman, and Kapil Sibal. The West Bengal government has taken the right move to protect the human rights of Rohingyas, " Dhanuka told Echo of India.

Rohingyas are being denied citizenship in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.

"In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, Government of India has chose to extend assistance to Bangladesh", External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said in a statement.

The stateless Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar for decades. They fled to India and Bangladesh in large numbers after violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Rohingyas are illegal migrants; they are not refugees for which a process is required to be completed, which they never followed. The matter comes up for further hearing on October 3.

They are not refugees, nor have they taken asylum, the minister said of the almost 40,000 people who the Centre has said it will remove from India, provoking global criticism. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared New Delhi's concerns over the situation in Rakhine during a meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi when he visited Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

"Some people have entered India in an illegal fashion and now there is talk of their human rights". As a result many Rohingyas and Bangladeshis have made use of our faulty official systems to obtain voter IDs and PAN cards. However, aid agencies estimate that there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country. Asserting that the presence of Rohingyas in India would be a drain on the resources of the country and would affect the rights of the people, the Centre on Monday pointed out that some of the Rohingyas had contacts with Pakistan-based terror outfits. Moreover, it said, the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees can not invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

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