GoI to file affidavit on Rohingyas in SC on Monday: Rajnath

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

The affidavit that the government said was just a draft yet and claimed to submit it to the Supreme Court on 18 Sep was supposedly leaked.

What makes the purported deportation of the Rohingya from India legally untenable is that the Indian government, like any other in the world, is bound by customary worldwide law to respect the principle of non-refoulement.

"The government will go according to the policy to deal with refugees. when the situation is good enough for them to return to their country", he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

Maintaining tough stand, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Centre will file an affidavit on the Rohingya immigrants in the Supreme Court on September 18.

"This act would also be in contradiction with the principle of "Non-Refoulement", which has been widely recognised as a principle of Customary International Law", the plea said, while seeking a direction to the government not to deport them and other members of Rohingya community.

"This chorus of branding India as a villain on Rohingya issue is a calibrated design to tarnish India's image". "It undermines India's security", he added. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.

The Centre also blamed that a systematic and organised network of agents were deliberately facilitating illegal migration of the Rohingyas in India. The ministry of home Affairs will ask the SC not to interfere with the deportation process, saying they are illegal immigrants and hence can't stay in India.

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The Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority, are regarded as illegal immigrants in Myanmar.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government at the Centre on Thursday shut doors on Rohingya Muslims living in India, calling them a threat to national security.

"It is found that continuity of Rohingya immigration and their continued stay in India, apart from being absolutely illegal, has serious national security ramifications and it will have a very serious adverse impact on the fundamental rights of Indian citizens to share the natural resources of the country", the affidavit states.

It had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally- staying foreign nationals.

"In fact the affidavit was/is in the process of being finalised". "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

On a moral plane, the Indian government can hardly hope to defend its stand given the fact that the Rohingya face an imminent threat to their lives in the wake of the ongoing "ethnic-cleansing" drives in the Rakhine State, Myanmar.

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