Rohingya Muslims are threat to national security, Govt tells Supreme Court

Saul Bowman
September 17, 2017

The duo also stated that they were registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) and have challenged any possible move to deport them on the grounds that it violated global human rights conventions and some other issues.

"Rohingya muslims are not basically from India".

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday hit out at those criticising the government's decision to deport Rohingyas staying illegally in the country, and said it is a "calibrated design" to "tarnish" India's image. "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.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants Rohingya refugees helped "regardless of politics".

It also said that India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the Principle of "Non- Refoulement', which prohibits deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives".

Union Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre will file an affidavit on 'Rohingyas are a threat to national security' in the Supreme Court on Monday, September 18.


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. "We don't know exactly if they released that statement for political reasons", he said of Bangladesh's protest.

The statement of Russian Foreign Ministry came amid a global outcry against the latest atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslim minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine State.On September 13, the UN Security Council members, including Russia, expressed serious concern over the situation in the region.

"If they stay here permanently, who will protect the citizens?" he asked.

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

The government has to file an affidavit with the Supreme Court in response to Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by two Rohingya refugees living in India.

Myanmar officials said he will meet government leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, and attend an address to the nation by Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place". The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas registered with UNHCR are in India.

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