Illegal Rohingyas to be deported: Rijiju

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2017 08:26:08




Many Rohingyas have entered India also fleeing violence in Myanmar No more place for immigrants in the North-Eastern States, says Assam Health Minister Sarma




AS Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into Myanmar, the Central and Assam Governments on Tuesday made it clear that Rohingya Muslims who have entered India to escape violence in their country have to go back.

Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and stand to be deported, Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday, asserting that nobody should preach India on the issue as the country has absorbed the maximum number of refugees in the world. “I want to tell the international organisations whether the Rohingyas are registered under the United Nations Human Rights Commission or not. They are illegal immigrants in India,” Rijiju told reporters here.


“As per law, they stand to be deported because they are illegal immigrants. We are a nation with great democratic tradition “India has absorbed maximum number of refugees in the world so nobody should give India any lessons on how to deal with refugees,” he added.
Taking a strong position on the reported criticism of the Government’s stand on the issue, Rijiju said, “We are following the legal path then why have we been accused of being inhuman.”

He said that the Centre has instructed all State Governments to start the process of their deportation. Meanwhile, two Rohingya immigrants have approached the Supreme Court urging it to direct the Central Government to not deport them to Myanmmar.

At least 123,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Joseph Surjamoni Tripura, the UNHCR spokesperson in Bangladesh, said. The latest exodus began on August 25 after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar Army.

Many Rohingyas have also entered India, which shares a long and porous border with Myanmar. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said there was no more place for any immigrant in the north-eastern states bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar and that this would be told to the Supreme Court if needed. “The north-eastern states are totally opposing any further immigration. We already have enough (immigrants). So, the north-east should not be used for (hosting) more immigrants, including Rohingya Muslims.”

Sarma said Assam was not party to a case in this regard in the Supreme Court. “Had it been a party, or if there was an order, Assam will go to the court and say ‘There is no space for further migrants’.” Meanwhile, scores of people, including some Rohingyas, protested here on Tuesday, demanding that they be allowed to stay on in India.
Similar protests were held by students in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam and Pulwama districts to denounce attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Over 4,000 Rohingya refugees are living in Jammu city.

Protect Rohingyas: Amnesty to India: HUMAN rights organisation Amnesty International has urged India to protect Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers instead of “threatening” them with deportation.

“Prime Minister Modi must also use his visit to push the Myanmar authorities to allow full and unfettered humanitarian assistance to people in need. Nothing can justify denying life-saving aid to desperate people,” Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India, said.

The Amnesty observed that despite being home to thousands of refugees, India is not a state party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, and does not have a domestic legal refugee protection framework. “The treatment of refugees falls largely under the Foreigners Act of 1946, which makes no distinction between asylum-seekers, refugees and other foreigners. The Act makes undocumented physical presence in the country a crime,” it added.