Cannot Deport Rohingya Refugees Till Next Hearing, Supreme Court Tells Government

Don't deport Rohingya refugees human rights must be kept in mind says Supreme Court

Don't deport Rohingya refugees human rights must be kept in mind says Supreme Court

On the earlier date of hearing, the court had told the government to adopt a humanitarian approach while dealing with the Rohingya Muslim issue.

In September, the government informed the apex court that the "illegal" influx of Rohingyas was "seriously harming national security of the country".

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will today hear a petition filed by Rohingya Muslims in India challenging the government's decision to send them back to Myanmar. "The issue involves human rights of many", the bench said.

The top court also said, 'We have to strike a balance.

A Rohingya petitioner had on September 23 told the top court that they were not illegal immigrants but refugees who fled Myanmar and came to India for shelter in wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion and community identity and were entitled to all protection under the global conventions on refugees and treaties.

The apex court is hearing a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). "If you (Centre) take any kind of contingency plan, you need to inform this court", the court told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the government.

In a strongly-worded observation, the Supreme Court reminded the government that it has multiple responsibilities, and must balance national and humanitarian values.

On Thursday, a group of eminent personalities urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not deport Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers, saying a proposal that the entire community is a threat to national security is based on "false assumption".

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar. "I came from British Burma to British India", he also said. In an open letter, 51 prominent names including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, former home minister P Chidambaram, former Union home secretary G K Pillai among others, observed that as an aspiring global leader, India can not afford to adopt a "shortsighted approach".

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