India has given space to 23 countries' refugees: RSS on Rohingya crisis

Sep 17, 2017, 00:19
India has given space to 23 countries' refugees: RSS on Rohingya crisis

Close to 40,000 Rohingya Muslims live in India after fleeing Myanmar over the past decade. "The counter-attacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government's undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed", he said.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to view Rohingyas as Muslims, but consider them as refugees and allow them to stay in India like any other refugee. This comes two days after United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein described attempts by India to deport illegal Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as "deplorable".

The government of India's anti-refuge stand on the Rohingya crisis is not new.

The Centre has to file an affidavit in response to a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, who claim that they faced persecution in Myanmar, and said the Centre's plan to deport them was in violation of worldwide convention.

Rohingya residents - a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation - allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

Meanwhile, India on Thursday rushed 53 tonnes of relief materials to Bangladesh and pledged all help to Dhaka in tackling the humanitarian crisis after almost 400,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fled to the country from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

"MHA has not filed any affidavit on Rohingyas in SC. After the formation of Bangladesh, the Chakmas came to India, and got the status of refugees", he said. According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

The government's draft affidavit says there is no "violation of fundamental rights of the petitioner" in this case.

According to the draft affidavit, the Centre had asked asked the apex court to refrain from interfering on the policy decision to deport Rohingyas. Myanmar government does not recognise Rohingyas as their citizens. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

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