India Seeks Deportation of Rohingya for Security Reasons

A Rohingya child in New Delhi.

The Supreme Court on Monday will hear plea filed by the two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir.

Abdullah Al Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work, said that King Salman has allocated US$15 million to ease the suffering of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar amid a military crackdown.

More than 410,000 refugees from Myanmar have poured into Bangladesh since 25 August when attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts triggered a Myanmar army operation that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.

Heavy rains are causing more upheaval, with refugees living in flooded temporary shelters, many of which are located in parts of Bangladesh's border town of Cox's Bazar.

On behalf of the government, Suu Kyi said the Myanmar authorities are set to restore security and order in Rakhine state.

The Rohingya have denied any link with Islamic extremist groups.

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"India recently agreed with Myanmar to provide financial and technical assistance to identify projects to undertake in Rakhine.specifically those agreements to undertake infrastructure and socio-economic projects", Rajiv K Chander, India's permanent representative to UN. "There should be no collective punishment". The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers the Rohingyars Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they are Burmese. The government puts the figure at around 40,000.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday asked the International Human Rights Commissions to not spread false information against India on Rohingya Muslims matter.

"The right to reside and settle in the country is available only to citizens and not to illegal immigrants", the government contended, asserting that India was not bound by the United Nations convention on refugees as it was not a signatory.

It was submitted by the petitioners that the proposed deportation was contrary to constitutional protection under Article 14 (equality under law), Article 21 (right to life) and Article 51 (c) of the Constitution of India. Alternatively, Myanmar should grant them legal status as nationals. The stateless Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar for decades.

We call on world leaders, as they meet in NY to address this unresolved issue, that a territory be carved out in the South-East Asia region for the people of Rohingya.

Residents of Ahu Nuk Bin, one of the Rohingya villages, said they hoped to move to relative safety in a camp outside the nearby state capital of Sittwe. About 412,000 fled to Bangladesh, but some have also reached India, Nepal and Pakistan in recent weeks.


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