India deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar


The seven Rohingya men to be deported sit as Indian and Myanmar security officials exchange documents before their deportation on India-Myanmar border at Moreh in the northeastern state of Manipur, India, Oct. 4, 2018.

The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph ruled that the Court was not inclined to entertain the plea.

The decision to press ahead with the deportation of seven Rohingya, who entered Assam illegally in 2012, came even as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was on a visit to India.

Government attorney Tushar Mehta told the judges that the government of Myanmar had given deportees certificates of identity and one-month visas to facilitate their deportation.

India deportedseven Rohingya Muslims that had fled their native Myanmar back to their country on Thursday, sparking concerns that the move could endanger their lives and violate global laws that protect refugees. Advocate Prashant Bhushan sought a PIL hearing in the Supreme Court of India to impede the Government from deporting the refugees of Rohingya which was trenched.

The plea, therefore, was dismissed by CJI Gogoi's Bench on these grounds.

The UN special rapporteur on racism, Tendayi Achiume, said India risked breaching its worldwide legal obligations by returning the men to possible harm. They were initially arrested and jailed at the Silchar central prison in Assam in 2012 charged with irregular entry, according to India's Ministry of External Affairs.

This is for the first time Rohingya immigrants were sent back to Myanmar from India.

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Guwahati: Indian police said Wednesday that seven Rohingya detained in the country's northeast will be deported to Myanmar, which has been accused by the United Nations of waging a campaign of "genocide" against the Muslim minority.

In June, the Home Ministry wrote a letter to the Jammu and Kashmir government, saying, "Such illegal migrations poses serious challenges and has security implications since some of the migrants have been found to have indulged in illegal activities and are vulnerable to radicalisation".

Global rights groups said the deportation violates worldwide law, and the U.N.'s refugee agency said conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine state, from where the Rohingya have fled, are not safe for their return.

Human rights group Amnesty International has blamed Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's government for "burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State".

At least 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar in the past year.

The plea also referred to alarm raised by United Nations Human Rights expert over the proposed deportation of seven Rohingya to Myanmar, saying their forcible return could constitute "refoulement" which was violative of global law.

Last year India announced it would deport its entire Rohingya population, thought to number about 40,000.