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India Calls Rohingya a Security Threat in Deportation Bid

20 September 2017

Reacting to the Centre's affidavit in the apex court that the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar posed serious threat to national security, the Hyderabad MP said it was propaganda by the BJP government.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the Rohingya at the Supreme Court hearing, said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person" including non-citizens. They claimed that they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

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.

Azizul Haque, a Hefazat-e-Islam organisation spokesperson, said that the police escorted them to the embassy but they did not find any Myanmar embassy official there.

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The ministry also directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport "illegally-staying foreign nationals".

The secretary for Sri Lanka's internal affairs ministry assured that there were no Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in Sri Lanka, after a petition was launched to bar them from entering the island.

"We are very concerned about what is happening to the Rohingya people in Burma [Myanmar]". Where it is a humanitarian question, there the government has immediately stepped in and extended help to Bangladesh government in tackling that problem.

Refusing to bow under global pressure over Rohingya crisis, India made it clear that it would not compromise with the security concerns of the country.

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The Centre also raised concern over the long-term fallout of permitting a large number of illegal immigrants to stay in India.

Singhvi said whether it was a technical point or a blanket approach, "you should be very guarded" because the government ultimately changes, parties and time change, but the country and the affidavit in the Supreme Court are permanent.

"It is not a matter that can be judicially reviewed by a court". "The influx of sections of Rohingyas has also a potential to cause serious challenge to national security here", he said.

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India Calls Rohingya a Security Threat in Deportation Bid