New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said Rohingyas are illegal immigrants, not refugees. Since India has not received them following due procedures, they can’t be called refugees, the minister explained.
The minister further said that there was no violation tof international laws as India is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention on refugees.
Rajnath asked why some sections objected to deporting Rohingyas when Myanmar was ready to accept them.
On Monday, Myanmarese leader Aung Sang Su Ki said the Rohingyas can be allowed back in Myanmar after verifying their status as refugees. Full assurance of security and humanitarian aid shall be provided, Aung added.
The National Human Rights (NHRC)chief DL Dutt however maintained sympathetic stand for Rohingyas saying “We will plead the case of 40,000 Rohingyas on humanitarian ground as they are being persecuted in Myanmar”
AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi deplored deportation plans saying “The whole world knows Rohingyas are stateless. Myanmar does not accept them as citizens. Modi govt had amended citizenship act saying Hindus, Christians, Parsis etc coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan shall be accepted even in the absence of documents. Why are Rohingyas being looked through religious prism,” he asked.
Meanwhile Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Bangladesh border are on high-alert and there have been no reports of Rohingyas attempting to cross over to India since past few days.