Indian Home Minister Calls Rohingyas 'Illegal Immigrants,' Not Refugees

Indian Home Minister Calls Rohingyas 'Illegal Immigrants,' Not Refugees

Indian Home Minister Calls Rohingyas 'Illegal Immigrants,' Not Refugees

According to media reports, the violence began when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state. They are labelled as foreigners living in India without necessary documents.

These inhumane measures were announced shortly after the meeting between Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's army chief, responsible for the military operations against the Rohingya, and Thailand's junta leaders on Aug 31. There were major riots that raged for a month, and another round broke out in October 2012.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for two Rohingya refugees, submitted that NHRC's response be sought in this matter as the independent rights body is already seized of the issue.

Space at established refugee camps in Bangladesh has all but been exhausted, with new arrivals hacking away trees and other vegetation anywhere they can to erect shelters from the monsoon rain. Via the Bangladesh route some 40,000 have entered India including places as far as Jammu and Hyderabad.

The latest exodus began after Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Rakhine state on August 25 triggering a military backlash.

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Rohingyas have been trouble makers for Myanmar since decades. More than 3 lakh Rohingya Muslims have entered Bangladesh and a large number of them are in India. "Myanmar's willingness to take Rohingyas [back] is a ray of hope", he said.

"We don't want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we won't tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil", said a senior official with the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi. They want to present themselves as Indian citizens. But this is a chastened Aung speaking out after worldwide condemnation. Our country has taken oral universal declaration (for human rights).

On Sept. 11, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said before the Human Rights Council in Geneva, "I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country".

Mohammad Salimullah, one of the two Rohingya petitioners, said the authorities in New Delhi had always been helpful so he was hopeful the court would support the refugees. There has to be a policy of Indians first in this country! "They are thus entitled to protection under various worldwide conventions which India has signed and ratified which mention the principle of non-refoulement", the affidavit said. There is now a suggestion that in view of this crisis, India should enunciate a policy for refugees. Asserting that the presence of Rohingyas in India would be a drain on the resources of the country and would affect the rights of the people, the Centre on Monday pointed out that some of the Rohingyas had contacts with Pakistan-based terror outfits.

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