'Refugees, Not Illegal Immigrants,' Rohingya Petitioner Tells Supreme Court

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday called Rohingya Muslims staying on the country's territory "illegal immigrants" from Myanmar, who will face deportation as their arrival was not in line with proper procedures.

"It is observed by the Central Government that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/anti-national activities i, e., mobilization of funds through hundi/hawala channels, procuring fake/fabricated Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking", the affidavit reads.

The Rohingyas, who have taken shelter at the foot of different hills outside the camps, however, said they are facing difficulties in receiving aid. Caught in the global spotlight of an escalating humanitarian crisis, Bashar is one of the thousands of Rohingya Muslims - described by the United Nations as the most persecuted minority in the world - staying in India.

The ministry also said that Rohingyas living here would drain resources and become a burden on the overtly saturated job market.

Reiterating the governments toughening of stand, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the Centre is firm on sending back the Rohingyas because they are not refugees, but illegal immigrants.“We need to understand the reality that the Rohingyas from Myanmar, who have entered India, are not refugees.

Over the past month, almost 430,000 Rohingya have fled from a brutal army-led crackdown across the border in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Aid agencies say there are dire shortages of almost all forms of relief in what has become one of the world's largest refugee settlements in Bangladesh.

Deportation of Rohingyas, the rejoinder said, would be a complete violation of their human rights and India's commitment to global law on refugees.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also said that the chorus of branding India as a villain is a calibrated design to tarnish country's image.

The detailed satellite imagery was taken on September 16 and analysis of the photos by Human Rights Watch reveals destruction on a scale much greater than previously thought, HRW said.

"The dangers faced by thousands of Rohingya fleeing atrocities in Burma are deadly enough without adding landmines to the mix", said HRW's South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly, using Myanmar's former name.

In the name of Rohingya Muslims, Pakistan's terrorist organization is threatening Jihad and preparing the army of 1 lakh jihadists to seek revenge against Modi and India.

The Rohingya refugees, a persecuted community of Muslims from Myanmar have fled the country in large numbers.

The court will hear the matter on October 3.

Deputy assistant secretary of state Patrick Murphy, speaking on Friday in a conference call from Bangkok, said while the US condemns August attacks by Muslim Rohingya militants, the response from Myanmar's security forces has been "disproportionate".

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