India Seeks Deportation of Rohingya for Security Reasons

Posted September 20, 2017

"As evident from the constitutional guarantee flowing from Article 19 of the Constitution, the right to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India as well as right to move freely throughout the territory of India is available only to the citizens of India". It says the Rohingya can not use the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees since India was not a signatory to either.

According to the United Nations, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a renewed military crackdown began on August 25.

The BJP-led government's argument was in response to a petition filed by two Rohingya refugees challenging the Centre's decision to deport an estimated 40,000 people of the community living in India.

Rejecting the view that Rohingiyas should be allowed to stay in India on humanitarian grounds, Madhav said the government was taking care of the "humanitarian interest" of the country's 1.3 billion people.

The affidavit went on to say the government had reports from security agencies and other authentic sources "indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar organisations operating in other countries".

Last October, following attacks on border posts in Rakhine's Maungdaw district, security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed.

The Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar for decades. "They [Sri Lanka government] didn't inform (us), may be its their country security policy", Daw Ei Ei Myo, a Consul at the Myanmar embassy in Sri Lanka told The Myanmar Times on September 18. The U.N. has said the army action could amount to ethnic cleansing.

The Centre said it had found that "many of the Rohingya figure in suspected sinister designs of ISI/IS and other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India, including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas".

He said that India had sent a large quantity of relief material to Bangladesh but claimed that even Bangladesh had security concerns regarding Rohingyas.