Shed parochial mindset and legalize "illegal" Rohingyas refugees : Dal Khalsa

Violet Powell
September 19, 2017

The Indian government has told the country's top court that some of the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar are a serious security threat, as it sought to justify moves to deport up to 40,000 of the community from India.

The BJP-led government also said that the decision was taken after a lot of consideration and that the apex court must not interfere in the matter.

"(The) More disturbing part is that there is an organised influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts facilitating (movement of) illegal immigrant Rohingya into India via Benapole-Haridaspur (West Bengal), Hilli (WB) and Sonamora (Tripura).

The affidavit went on to say the government had reports from security agencies and other authentic sources indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with regional countries' terror organisations. However, the Narendra Modi-led government has argued that deportation of Rohingyas - a policy decision taken in the interests of citizens, can not be challenged under Article 32 by non-citizens. "It is our sovereign duty to protect our citizens and national security and we will take steps against Rohingyas according to this only", Kiren Rijiju, India's Minister of State for Home Affairs said in a different function in New Delhi.

India is not a signatory to Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951 and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1967, and is hence not bound by their provisions. India is not a signatory to the United Nations convention on refugees.

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Government has filed its affidavit with the Supreme Court on the Rohingya issue.

The apex court had told the government to submit the affidavit after a plea was filed before it against the deportation of the illegal immigrants to Myanmar. The Centre has responded saying that it would place all intelligence inputs before SC on October 3 to prove its claim that Rohingyas are a security threat, reportedThe Times of India. Their petition says that the Centre's plan to deport them violated global conventions.

More than three lakhs Rohingya Muslims have had to abandon their homes in Myanmar to escape genocide committed by Budhist terrorists and Burmese army at the behest of the Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Centre said India has not signed any worldwide treaty on refugees and was under no obligation to keep the Rohingyas, lakhs of whom have fled Myanmar over the past few weeks to escape a crackdown by government forces in the neighbouring country.

The Rohingya have been fleeing Buddhist-dominated Myanmar for decades. However, the government made a decision to extend help to Bangladesh in providing all amenities to the fleeing Rohingyas, who are being relocated in camps there.

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