Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Constitutional ideals or Security concerns: Rohingya issue poses a dilemma for India

Constitutional ideals or Security concerns: Rohingya issue poses a dilemma for India

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh called from 14,000 to 40,000 Rohingya Muslims are now staying in India illegal immigrants, not refugees and vowed to deport them.

Ever since the Myanmar government's ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims began last month, much of the world had little to offer other than a few rote words of condemnation. The latest exodus nearly doubled the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, thus putting a huge burden on Dhaka.

The affidavit came in reply to the government stand that they were illegal immigrants who must go back to their own country.

India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government's plan to deport the Rohingya has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

On the humanitarian actions taken by Indian govt, Rajnath said, PM Modi had requested Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to accept returning Rohingyas.

The United Forum of Buddhists in Bangladesh said on September 18 that Probarana Purnima, the second largest annual Buddhist feast, would be conducted on a smaller scale than usual in order to save money to help Rohingya refugees. The human rights body said that while there have been no reported instances of deportations of UNHCR-registered Rohingyas from India, some refugees have reported instances of harassment.

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She is facing rising criticism after she delivered a speech in Myanmar on Tuesday that did not address allegations of rampant rights abuses by the army against the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine. The court will hear the issue on October 3. "The total number of such illegal immigrants into our country would be more than 40,000 approximately as on date".

In an affidavit filed in the top court on Monday, the Centre had said inputs from security agencies indicated that some Rohingya Muslim refugees in India had links with terror groups based in Pakistan. "Otherwise, the issue will be a permanent one for Bangladesh and affect the country's politics", he said.

Gayeshwar thinks other countries have involvement behind the Rohingya crisis, but woukd not named any.

Singh also repeated the argument offered by the Centre in its Supreme Court affidavit, that India was not going against global law because it is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention.

"People have entered India in illegal manner". Even the United States, which has not had much to say about the Rohingya crisis, finally took a stand at the UN.

The WBCPCR alleged that the Rohingyas were being "systematically tortured and killed in Burma", and stated it was "inhuman" to send back the Rohingya children and their mothers to the volatile region of Myanmar.

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