Government stands firm: Why should India shelter Rohingyas?


Government stands firm: Why should India shelter Rohingyas?

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the government will inform the Supreme Court of its stand on the Rohingya immigrants on September 18, and refused any further comments on the issue.

Earlier, when India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir, he had termed the Rohingya as a national threat.

The government has made it clear that it is against Rohingya Muslims staying as illegal refugees in India.

India on Thursday announced it will send food and medical assistance to help Bangladesh support vast numbers of Rohingya refugees who have crossed over from the border in Myanmar.

The Centre on Thursday clarified that the affidavit on Rohangiya refugees attributed to it is still being worked upon and that it was inadvertently served on the counsel for petitioner Muhammad Salimullah. In its affidavit in response to petitions seeking to stop deportation of 40,000 Rohingyas, the Centre said "national interest warrants their deportation" and the court should not "interfere" in the proceedings. Rohingyas have links to worldwide terror groups like ISIS. "Times like these offer the best gauge of whether India is truly ready to become a recognized regional power, and will influence issues such as garnering support for India's bid to join the United Nations Security Council", he said.

In a letter to the states on August 8, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that illegal immigrants not only infringe on the rights of Indian citizens but also aggravate the security challenges posed to the country.

"MHA has not filed any affidavit on Rohingyas in SC".

The thousands of Rohingyas living in Jammu have previously faced the threats of being thrown out by some groups, such as The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party and the traders of Jammu Chamber, before the government chose to deport them. Whether or not India chooses to ratify the 1951 convention, there are several Supreme Court verdicts which disallow the Indian government from arbitrarily and summarily deporting refugees from its territory. 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. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing on behalf of the refugees, urged the top court to stay the ban on humanitarian grounds, as the Rohingyas are being subjected to persecution in Myanmar. The duo also stated that they were registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) and have challenged any possible move to deport them on the grounds that it violated worldwide human rights conventions and some other issues.

"In fact the affidavit was/is in the process of being finalised".

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