Rohingya Muslims are threat to national security, Govt tells Supreme Court

Marsha Scott
September 17, 2017

State CPI (ML) secretary Kunal said here that that the "Centre's support to military action against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was very painful and condemnable". "It (such statements) undermines India's security".

"Rohingya muslims are not basically from India".

The government said that that Rohingyas are threat to national security and hence it warrants deportation of them from India.

Earlier this week, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein had criticised India for wanting to deport Rohingya refugees.

The Centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said today.

"We hope that the Government of India gives shelter, an opportunity to live a respectful life and a future to their children, because the Constitution gives the Right to Equality and the Right to Life, not only to its Indian citizens, but to all refugees as well", he said.

The lawyer declined to be named because an affidavit the home ministry is preparing to file with the court has not yet been finalized.

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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".

Dhaka: India will send a consignment of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh tomorrow for Rohingya Muslims, days after Dhaka briefed New Delhi about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

Rohingya Musims who fled persecution in Myanmar can not stay in India as they are a threat to national security, the Government of India told the Supreme Court on Thursday.

"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. "Then why not 40,000 Rohingyas?" he asked.

Some groups allied to Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party have stepped up calls for Rohingyas to leave, and Modi said last week that India shared Myanmar's concerns about "extremist violence" in Rakhine state.

The government's draft affidavit says there is no "violation of fundamental rights of the petitioner" in this case.

Myanmar's Army launched a crackdown in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

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