New Delhi: Seven Rohingya immigrants, who have been lodged in the Silchar Detention center in Assam since 2012, will be deported to their home country Myanmar on Thursday, reports claimed. This is for the first time Rohingya immigrants would be sent back to Myanmar from India. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is likely to hear a plea that was filed on Wednesday in connection with the deportation.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the matter for urgent hearing before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Bhushan told the bench that if these refugees are deported they face the risk of persecution and even death.
“Pass an order restraining the Union of India from taking any step towards the deportations of Rohingya refugees lodged in jails or detention centers in any part of the country in contravention of non-derogable principles of customary international laws and during the pendency of the case before this court,” the application filed by him read.
Seven Rohingya immigrants, apprehended on July 29, 2012 for violating the Foreigners Act, will be handed over to Myanmar authorities at Moreh border post in Manipur Thursday. Those to be deported are Md Jamal, Mohbul Khan, Jamal Hussain, Md Yonus, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam and are in the age bracket of 26-32 years. Consular access had been given to Myanmar diplomats, who confirmed the identity of the immigrants. Briefing about the matter, a Home Ministry official reportedly claimed that the confirmation of the Myanmarese citizenship of the seven came after the government of the neighbouring country verified their addresses in Rakhine State.
UN Secretary General Urges India to Support Bangladesh Over Rohingya Issue
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged India to support Bangladesh in providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya community and influence Myanmar to bring about reconciliation. “What can India do? Support Bangladesh in helping these people because there is a huge humanitarian problem,” said Guterres, who arrived to India on Monday on a three-day visit said.
“Second, to pressure on Myanmar, the military in Myanmar for reconciliation and create conditions for these people to go back. These people will not go back in present circumstances. I have never seen a community so discriminated in the world as Rohingyas,” he added.
Over 14,000 Rohingya Stay in India: Government to Parliament
The Indian government had informed Parliament last year that over 14,000 Rohingya people, registered with the UN refugee agency UNHCR, stay in India. However, aid agencies estimate there are about 40,000 Rohingya people in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the most persecuted minority in the world, fled their homes last year to escape an alleged crackdown by the Myanmarese military. Human rights group Amnesty International has blamed Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s government for “burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State”.