SC allows deportation of 7 Rohingyas to Myanmar

05 October, 2018, 07:10 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • India deports Rohingya Muslims, drawing U.N. ire

India on Thursday deported seven Rohingya immigrants, who had been staying in Assam illegally, to their country of origin, Myanmar, in the first such move by New Delhi. "In parallel, the individuals also requested in 2016 that the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar should issue them relevant travel documents to facilitate their return to their own country", Kumar said.

The seven were detained in 2012 and, since then, had been lodged at Cachar Central Jail in Assam's Silchar town.

The Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities in Myanmar, where the government sees them as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and denies them citizenship.

The order was passed by a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

India deportedseven Rohingya Muslims that had fled their native Myanmar back to their country on Thursday, sparking concerns that the move could endanger their lives and violate global laws that protect refugees.

Human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan had earlier urged India's Supreme Court to stop the deportations, or at least allow the United Nations to speak to the deportees and ensure they knew the risks of returning to Myanmar. CJI Gogoi said: "Mr Counsel, we are aware of our responsibilities". They were initially arrested and jailed at the Silchar central prison in Assam in 2012 charged with irregular entry, according to India's Ministry of External Affairs.

"We will drive them from this border point and drop them 100 kms from here, and after that it is their responsibility to go to the Rakhine state of Myanmar", Aung Myo, deputy director of immigration in Myanmar's Tamu border district told reporters during a televised press briefing. "India doesn't know what happens with Rohingya inside Myanmar".

"These are not illegal immigrants but refugees who have migrated due to genocide in their country".

ASG Tushar Mehta tendered an affidavit and said in court that the Embassy of Myanmar was ready to give Certificate of Identity (COI) to the people.

This is the first time Rohingya immigrants have been sent back to Myanmar from India.

More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine in August 2017 after Myanmar's army launched a massive crackdown in its northern state, retaliating the attacks by insurgents, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on the country's police posts and a military base.

"The Indian government has an worldwide legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalised discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection", UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Tendayi Achiume, said in a statement.

"The Indian Government has an global legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalized discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection", the statement said.



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