Government Will Follow Refugee Policy: Minister VK Singh On Rohingya Issue

Government Will Follow Refugee Policy: Minister VK Singh On Rohingya Issue

Government Will Follow Refugee Policy: Minister VK Singh On Rohingya Issue

Last month, Union minister Kiren Rijiju told Parliament that Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and the government aims to deport them.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government's stand regarding the Rohingyas will be cleared on 18 Sep to the Supreme Court.

Information collected by APN, India Legal's sister concern, from sources say that the Centre is unlikely to change its purported stand that deporting Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar is "in national interest".

A controversial leaked document on the persecuted Rohingya Muslims living in India was "wrongly circulated" and is not due to be filed until next Monday, said a top government official on Thursday.

The "incomplete" affidavit that was, on Thursday, sent "inadvertently" to some lawyers who have petitioned the Supreme Court on the Rohingya issue had said that it had been "found by the Central Government that numerous Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISIS/other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country".

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, "India's reluctance to accept Rohingya Muslims, in what is clearly a humanitarian crisis, will send out a wrong message to the entire world".

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However, the Rohingyas, in their plea filed through Prashant Bhushan, said their proposed deportation was against the fundamental rights and the global human rights conventions.

The issue of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants has become hugely contentious as the home ministry has already stated that they were a potential security risk as they were more vulnerable to getting roped in by terror outfits. His remarks came two days after UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein condemned India's decision to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar where they have faced persecution. Rohingya terrorists are active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat.

It also warned of possible attacks on Myanmar government's diplomatic missions in India, along with the Buddhists on the Indian soil.

Bangladesh is also growing hostile to the Rohingya, more than 400,000 of whom live there after fleeing Myanmar since the early 1990s.

In a letter to the states on August 8, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that illegal immigrants not only infringe on the rights of Indian citizens but also aggravate the security challenges posed to the country.

The OCHA was concerned about reports of continued violence, fires, and displacement of tens of thousands of people in Rathedaung Township in Rakhine State, Dujarric said.

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