NHRC to plead against deportation of Rohingyas on 'humanitarian grounds'

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NHRC to plead against deportation of Rohingyas on 'humanitarian grounds'

Almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state.

A "deeply concerned" India last week asked Myanmar to handle the situation in the Rakhine state with "maturity and restraint" while focusing on the welfare of the civilian population along with that of the security forces and asserted that it was imperative that violence ends there. India has also chose to grant citizenship to Buddhist and Hindu refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

The issue of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants has become hugely contentious as the home ministry has already stated that they were a potential security risk as they were more vulnerable to getting roped in by terror outfits. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will inform the Supreme Court of its stand on the Rohingya immigrants on September 18. The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas registered with UNHCR are in India.

He further said Hefazat would go to Teknaf, Cox's Bazar to distribute relief among the Rohingya refugees there. The affidavit read that the Centre had received contemporaneous inputs saying that the some of the Rohingyas were linked with the Pakistan- and Bangladesh-based terror organisations.

Rohingya Muslim refugees have taken shelter in India and a large number of them in Bangladesh to escape persecution against them by Myanmar authorities.

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It has also sought a direction that Rohingyas be provided "basic amenities to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by worldwide law".

India on Thursday announced it will send food and medical assistance to help Bangladesh support vast numbers of Rohingya refugees who have crossed over from the border in Myanmar. According to home ministry officials there were almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in the country. Only about 40,000 Rohingyas are acknowledged as citizens in their country. "We are a human rights body and if these persons (Rohingyas) are deported back to their country, we see it as a violation of human rights", NHRC chairperson and former Chief Justice of India Justice H L Dattu said.

Protests took place in other districts of the country as well, Hefazat's Central Organising Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi told the Dhaka Tribune.

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The protesters also urged the people of the country to boycott all Myanmar products until its government stopped the oppression of Rohingya.

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