Rohingya refugees illegal, pose security threat: Centre to SC

Sep 23, 2017, 00:20
Rohingya refugees illegal, pose security threat: Centre to SC

When Indian Premier Narendra Modi visited Yangon earlier this month, he was expected to speak on the Rohingya issue -especially about his government's decision to deport them, but there was nothing in the joint declaration to suggest that.

"The continued stay of Rohingyas in India apart from being absolutely illegal is found to be having national security ramification and has serious security threats", the Centre said.

Sri Lanka Navy on March 3, 2008 has rescued 55 Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar when they were stranded in Sri Lankan coast.

They have prayed for the issuance of a direction to the Centre to refrain from deporting the Rohingyas and also to provide them with basic amenities so as to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by global law. "Can not comment on the government policy but we are helping them because they are being persecuted in Myanmar", Dattu said.

They claimed that they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

Before her live broadcast address, world powers had warned Myanmar of potential action if it did not act to end the crackdown on the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state.

The violence has sent more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh but many remain in Myanmar, hiding in fear and without food, aid workers say.

Police in Myanmar have clashed with a mob blocking an aid shipment in Rakhine state while nine people have died in a road accident involving a Red Cross truck in Bangladesh.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who filed the plea on behalf of two Rohingya men, will file a rejoinder to the government's affidavit, his office told Reuters. The plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar has been making news lately - as well as the silence of Myanmar's Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on the issue - but what exactly is the Rohingya Crisis, and how did it happen?

Myanmar's military responded with a fierce counter-offensive that triggered the exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh, putting a huge strain on humanitarian agencies in the Cox's Bazar area.

Myanmar's military had launched clearance operations last month after a Rohingya rebel group attacked security posts on August 25.

Myanmar denies that, saying its forces are waging a legitimate campaign against Muslim terrorists who have been attacking and torching villages of Buddhists and other non-Muslims, some 30,000 of whom were internally displaced.

Meanwhile US secretary of state Rex Tillerson raised the treatment of the Rohingya in a telephone call with Ms Suu Kyi - thought to be the first time they have spoken directly.

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