India deports Rohingya Muslims, drawing United Nations ire

India deports Rohingya Muslims, drawing U.N. ire

In a separate statement issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, said: "The Indian Government has an worldwide legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalised discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection".

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who took charge as top judge yesterday, asked: "First of all, they have been recognised as Myanmar citizens".

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre said that these Rohingya illegally migrated to India in 2012 and were convicted under the Foreigners Act. In 2016, the seven Rohingya wrote to the Myanmar embassy via the Silchar district magistrate and the foreign ministry requesting the Myanmar government to issue travel documents to facilitate their return.

An application was moved Wednesday seeking to restrain the Centre from deporting to Myanmar seven Rohingyas lodged in a detention centre at Silchar in Assam.

The interim plea, seeking urgent measures to stop the proposed deportation of seven Rohingya, was filed on a pending PIL. They were handed over at the Moreh border crossing in neighbouring Manipur state.

The UN had voiced concern that returning the men ignored the danger they faced in Myanmar, where for decades the Rohingya have been targeted in violent pogroms by security forces.

The decision comes as India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has escalated its rhetorical attacks on migrants who have entered the country illegally.

The government said the repatriation was carried out following willingness by the Rohingya to return home and with "full concurrence" of the government of Myanmar, thus pushing back criticism by United Nations human rights officials. They had been held in prison since 2012 for illegal entry into the country.

When the bench headed dismissed Bhushan's plea, the lawyer said this court must realise its responsibility to protect right to life of Rohingyas, reported Times of India. "First, all immigration formalities were completed on the Indian side and we met the Myanmarese authorities at the immigration office near no-man's land".

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".

A United Nations special rapporteur had warned India risked breaking worldwide laws on refoulement - the return of refugees or asylum seekers to a country where they could be harmed.

More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after an army crackdown in Myanmar a year ago.

UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Tendayi Achiume, said in a statement, "The Indian Government has an global legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalised discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection".

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