Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Government stands firm: Why should India shelter Rohingyas?

Government stands firm: Why should India shelter Rohingyas?

Minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju had on September 5 said that Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and stood to be deported.

Home minister Rajnath Singh clarifies that affidavit on the Rohingya deportation issue will be filed in the Supreme Court on Sept 18.

The Supreme Court had asked the government to file the affidavit on a plea against the deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants to Myanmar.

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In a bluntly worded affidavit submitted in Supreme Court, the government on Thursday has made it clear that it is against staying of Rohingya Muslims as illegal refugees in India.

Dujarric said that the reports about Rohingya's plight and pictures of them fleeing were heart-rending and these are very vulnerable people and deserved to be helped.

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, "India's reluctance to accept Rohingya Muslims, in what is clearly a humanitarian crisis, will send out a wrong message to the entire world".

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The government said that that Rohingyas are threat to national security and hence it warrants deportation of them from India. "It has also been found that many Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister design of IS (Islamic State terror group)/other extremist groups, who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India, including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in the sensitive areas of the country", the Centre's affidavit read.

'Providing facilities/privileges to illegal immigrants out of the existing national resources, apart from above referred direct threat to national security, would also have a direct adverse impact upon Indian citizens. Another Minister of State in the Home Ministry, Hansraj Ahir, said on Wednesday that keeping Rohingyas in India will create law and order problems. "It (such statements) undermines India's security". According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. 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 global human rights conventions and some other issues.

Since Aug. 25, more than 370,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

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The central government on Thursday in their "unfinalised affidavit" had said that Rohingyas pose a security threat to the country. The government claimed these groups to be operating in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mewat in north India.

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