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Indian court allows deportation of seven Rohingya to Myanmar

Indian court allows deportation of seven Rohingya to Myanmar

They were kept in a detention centre since then on charges of illegal entry.

The UN has already termed the Indian government's decision to deport back seven Rohingyas to Myanmar violation of worldwide laws.

On Wednesday, Indian police bused the seven Rohingya to the border town of Moreh in Manipur state and it plans to hand them over to Myanmar border guards later on Thursday.

The Indian government says it has evidence there are extremists who pose a threat to the country's security among the Rohingya Muslims who have settled in many Indian cities.

The Supreme Court in New Delhi has agreed to hear the matter of the seven Rohingya on Thursday, D'souza said.

The central government had informed Parliament previous year that over 14,000 Rohingya people, registered with the UN refugee agency UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), stay in India.

"Pass an order restraining the Union of India from taking any steps towards the deportation of any Rohingya refugees lodged in jails or detention centres in Assam or other parts of the country in contravention of non-derogable principles of customary worldwide law and during the pendency if the case", the plea said.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that the men were "illegal immigrants" and negotiations were held with Myanmar to take them back.

Almost 200 Rohingya are known to be detained in India on charges of illegal entry, according to the UN.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph refused to intervene in a plea made by Mohammed Salimullah, speaking through advocate Prashant Bhushan, that a United Nations officer must be allowed to first talk to the seven Rohingya.

"We are not inclined to interfere on the decision taken", the apex court said.

"Even the country of their origin has accepted them as its citizens", it said.

"Given the ethnic identity of the men, this is a flagrant denial of their right to protection and could amount to refoulement", the United Nations (UN) said in a press statement Tuesday.

"They (Rohingyas) are Stateless and have been driven out from Myanmar".

In response, the chief justice was quoted as saying: "We are fully aware of our responsibility towards right to life and no one needs to remind us about our responsibilities".

The Myanmar government is also ready to issue a Certificate of Identity (COI) to these seven persons, the Court was told. The plea was filed on Wednesday soon after it was reported that seven Rohingya have been identified and nabbed by the railway authorities.

Thousands of Rohingya refugees had fled their country after the military and Buddhist terrorists launched sustained attack against them by killings hundreds of them in Rakhine state. Rohingya are often incorrectly termed illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and referred to as "Bengalis" - stripping them of their rights as equal citizens of Myanmar.


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