Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

Tabitha Dunn
September 20, 2017

Dal Khalsa took a dig at Union government for terming Rohingya Muslims as illegal immigrants and threat to "national security" in the Supreme Court (SC). They (Government) want to take Rohingyas; don't want to take them; want to keep relation with other countries; don't want to keep it.

The Rohingya people - majority Muslims - have accused the Myanmar military and Buddhists of Rakhine of responding with a brutal campaign against them. The statement highlighted the "serious potential" for an "eruption of violence against the Buddhists who are Indian citizens who stay on Indian soil".

The BJP-led government's argument was in response to a petition filed by two Rohingya refugees challenging the Centre's decision to deport an estimated 40,000 people of the community living in India. The government had told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas are at present staying in India.

Human Rights Watch urged India, the world's biggest democracy, to follow the worldwide principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits sending back refugees to a place where their lives are in danger.

The Sri Lankan Tamils, who fled their country to escape persecution by the government forces when the island nation was battling with the LTTE insurgency, were classified as "camp refugees" and "non-camp refugees". "There should be no collective punishment".

There had been incidents in the past and that was why the Bangladesh government had started getting the Rohingya population registered, he had said.

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The Centre's affidavit, filed in the apex court Registry, said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country was available only to citizens and illegal refugees could not invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

He told news agency ANI that if India decides to not allow Rohingyas then the global community can not ask it to take allow refugees.

Rohatgi said that people referring to Article 21 of the Indian constitution does not live in India and in reality don't have any right on the Indian Constitution. "They ran away from their country to save themselves from Myanmarese government".

According to a United Nations estimate, over 3,79,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the Rakhine state in northern Myanmar and entered Bangladesh since 25 August.

The U.N. General Assembly is meeting in NY this week.

Summary: With the providing assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, India has made it clear that New Delhi is ready to provide support on humanitarian ground. "In the five or six years that we have been here, we have never felt that we are foreigners here nor have we ever felt any kind of fear", said Salimullah ahead of the case. Most of the Rohingya fled to Bangladesh, but others have ended up in India, Nepal and Pakistan.

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