Supreme Court bars deportation of Rohingya Muslims until case hearing, says govt can’t be blind to plight of women, kids

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The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the hearing on the deportation of Rohingya Muslims in India to 21 November. It, however, allowed petitioners to approach it in case of contingency.

The apex court also said the government should be sensitive to the Rohingyas and cannot be oblivious to the plight of innocent women and children, reported CNN-News18. It further rapped the government saying that there is a need to strike a balance between human rights and national security.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The court said, “We have to strike a balance. It is not an ordinary case. The issue involves human rights of many,” as per ANI. 

Furthermore, the Supreme Court also added that Rohingyas cannot be deported till the matter is being heard in the court.

The apex court is hearing a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They claimed that they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. The immigrants also challenged their deportation on grounds of violation of international human rights conventions.

The issue came to the fore after the home ministry in July stated that illegal immigrants such as the Rohingya posed grave security challenges as they might be recruited by terror groups, and asked the state governments to identify and deport them.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court registry, the NDA government said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees cannot invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

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

The government had told the parliament on 9 August that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingya, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India.

With inputs from PTI

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Published Date: Oct 13, 2017 03:26 pm | Updated Date: Oct 13, 2017 03:40 pm

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