Rohingyas, Illegal Immigrants, Not Refugees: Rajnath

Sergio Conner
September 24, 2017

"We have to think about the human rights of our own people before talking about the human rights of people from other countries", he said.

Two days ago, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said the Rohingya are illegal immigrants and not refugees who have applied for asylum in India.

Opposing the Centre's reply, they said there was no specific allegations against individual members of Rohingya community in India and it needs to be dealt with on a case to case basis. There is a procedure to get refugee status and none of them has followed this procedure. "They are illegal immigrants", he said.

The NHRC had recently issued a notice to the centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya, who are residing in various parts of India.

A fresh petition has been filed in the Supreme Court favouring the Centre's stand to identify and deport to Mayanmar around 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslims staying here. According to the commission, its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter from the human rights angle.

"This situation is seriously harming the national security of the country", it said.

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It should be noted that large number of Rohingyas have faced exodus at the hands of Myanmarese army which has resulted a high influx into Bangladesh and India.

The petitioner said that they fled, in the wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion, and argued that they were entitled to all protection under the global conventions on refugees and treaties.

However, India had provided humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, which was also affected by the illegal immigration of Rohingya, Singh said.

Earlier this month, an Indian Air Force heavy lift transport aircraft had ferried around 55 tonnes of relief material for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

He said Rohingyas who had take refuge in Bangladesh had gone back in 1977 under United Nations monitoring but were forced to flee again by the Myanmar government.

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".

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