India deports seven Rohingyas to Myanmar

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Achiume said India risked breaching its global legal obligations by returning the men to possible harm. At a public rally in September, he likened them to "termites".

CJI Gogoi observed that according to the affidavit submitted by the GOI, the seven individuals in question were found to be illegal immigrants as well as convicts under the Foreigners Act. They were arrested in 2012 for entering India illegally and have been held in prison since then.

Mohammed Salimullah, a Rohingya in India who had challenged the government order in court, said India's decision to send the seven men to Myanmar was a shock.

The plea also referred to alarm raised by United Nations Human Rights expert over the proposed deportation of seven Rohingya to Myanmar, saying their forcible return could constitute "refoulement" which was violative of worldwide law.

Achiume also raised concerns about their extended detention in India and India's failure to give the men adequate legal counsel.

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Thousands of Rohingya refugees had fled their country after the military and Buddhist terrorists launched sustained attack against them by killings hundreds of them in Rakhine state. Many of India's Rohingya refugees came before the most recent wave of violence in 2017. He said that a United Nations official should be allowed to talk to them and confirm if they wanted to go back.

All the seven from Myanmar's Rakhine state were detained for violating the Foreigners Act, the ministry said.

The Indian government plans to hand over the seven to Myanmar border guards later Thursday. The court should direct sending United Nations high commissioner or his representatives to talk to these seven Rohingya.

"This decision sets a risky precedent for all asylum seekers and refugees in India", said Aakar Patel, an official of the group.

Those deported were Md Jamal, Mohbul Khan, Jamal Hussain, Md Yonus, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam - all in the 26-32 year age bracket and were handed over to the authorities of Myanmar at Moreh border post in Manipur. We're not bothered by caste and creed.

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"We are so anxious", she said, declining to be named for fear of reprisals. The Rohingyas were later lodged at a detention centre in Assam's Silchar.

The Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities in Myanmar, where the government sees them as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and denies them citizenship.

The Court was informed that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India had corresponded with the Myanmar Embassy to determine whether these persons belonged to Myanmar.

He tweeted, "It's unfortunate that SC has allowed the Govt to deport 7 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar despite all UN & International human rights organizations saying that Myanmar has committed genocide against Rohingyas & that their being sent back would make them liable to torture & murder". Rohingya are often incorrectly termed illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and referred to as "Bengalis" - stripping them of their rights as equal citizens of Myanmar. Advocate Prashant Bhushan sought a PIL hearing in the Supreme Court of India to impede the Government from deporting the refugees of Rohingya which was trenched.

"Even the country of their origin has accepted them as its citizens", Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said, adding that they would not like to interfere with the government's decision.

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