SC to take final decision on Rohingyas: Rajnath

Trevor Jackson
September 23, 2017

Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh), Sep 21 (Agence France-Presse): A Red Cross truck carrying aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees crashed in Bangladesh on Thursday killing at least nine people, police said. Many Myanmar citizens consider Rohingyas "illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh. "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.", the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

"We have to think about the human rights of our own people before talking about the human rights of people from other countries", he said.

Three days after Union home minister Rajnath Singh and the Centre hurriedly claimed that an affidavit that termed Rohingya Muslims a "threat to national security" was "inadvertently" sent to lawyers representing two members of the ethnic minority in a deportation case in the Supreme Court and that it was "incomplete", the Centre, on Monday, filed its affidavit which stuck to the claims made in the "leaked" document. "It was carrying the food to Rohingya refugees on the border, including those stranded in the no-man's-land", he said.

"But the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls".

The home minister said India would not be violating any worldwide law if it deports Rohingyas as it is not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.

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Police and judicial authorities gave no details of the operation, saying a judge had placed a secrecy order on it. The Constitutional Court has suspended the vote after the central government challenged its legality.

Speaking to The Himalayan Times on telephone, Mohammad Shahid, 20, a Rohigya refugee, said he left his country a year ago abandoning his family and property.

Even as he refused to comment on the Indian government's decision to deport Rohingyas back to Myanmar, Mr. Alam said that they had received "assurances" from India regarding support on the Rohingya issue.

He said the matter is being heard by the apex court and "whatever decision will be taken, it will be taken by the Supreme Court". Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said in a speech hours earlier that the country would take back verifiedrefugees.

The Centre has also held that: "some Rohingyas with militant background are also found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat, and have been identified as having a very serious and potential threat to the internal / national security of India".

It seemed a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

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