Special Report. The Central Government threatened to deport the persecuted Muslim Rohingya refugees in India however it allowed the Hindu refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The same government in 2015, on “humanitarian grounds” announced that it would allow minority-community refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh to stay on in India even if their visas had expired.
However the Humanitarian ground that claimed by the ruling government seems to be discriminatory as it open only for Hindu refugees coming from Bangladesh and Pakistan, while declining and threatening to deport the Rohingya Muslim refugees.
As per a report there are around 35000 Rohingya refugees in India among which only 10,000 have been on official records of the government.
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar who are often called the “world’s most persecuted minority”. Not only are they stateless – their own country does not recognise their citizenship – but Myanmar has over the past weeks been accused of committing genocide on the group in the hope of ethnically cleansing them.
Today Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a petition asking for the Union government to desist from its attempt to deport Rohingyas. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to discuss the issue with top Myanmar officials when he stops in the capital, Naypyidaw, on his way back from China.
As per the customary international law, applicable across the board, a state cannot force refugees to return to a country “where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion”. In international forums, in fact, India has repeatedly backed this principle.