Rohingya crisis: Security, population balance to decide course of action, says Jaitley

20 September, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Rohingya Muslims are threat to national security, Centre reiterates in affidavit to SC: Apex court to hear matter on 3 Oct

Accusing New Delhi of looking at the issue from a religious angle, he said while amending the Foreigners Act in 2015, it gave certain exemptions to Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians and Jains arriving from Pakistan and Bangladesh but the word Muslim was not included.

Sept 18: Centre tells SC that Rohingya Muslims are "illegal" immigrants in the country and their continued stay posed "serious national security ramifications".

Center has mainly said in the affidavit that this is purely an executive matter to be decided by the government and that the court has no business to interfere on the matters of illegal immigrants.

The Bangladesh police on Monday broke up a gathering of around 20,000 members of an Islamist organisation staging a march towards the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka calling for an end to the alleged genocide against the minority Rohingya population in that country. There have been temporary settlements for them but the crisis is rising.

Indian government anticipates violence by radicalized Rohingyas against Buddhist Indian citizens.

"It has also been found that many Rohingya figure in the suspected sinister designs of Islamic State and other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in the sensitive areas of the country", read the draft.

Rohingya community leaders have denied any link with Islamist extremism.

The Supreme Court had told the government to file the affidavit after a plea was put before it against the deportation of the illegal immigrants to Myanmar.

Human Rights Watch urged India, the world's biggest democracy, to follow the global principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits sending back refugees to a place where their lives are in danger.

The Government said it may file in sealed cover the details of the security threats and inputs gathered by the various security agencies in this matter. "There should be no collective punishment". India already has serious security concerns over illegal migrants staying in a number of its cities, he said.

About 7,000 Rohingya live in shanties in India┬┤s Jammu region in the Himalayas.

Although Suu Kyi claimed that most Muslim villages in Myanmar were intact, the United Nations estimated that over 400,000 Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh after the army crackdown took place in retaliation for an attack on some police posts in August.

The Union Minister further said that the Centre will take a decision, which will in the nation's interest, on the Rohingya matter.

"They will either be sent back to Myanmar as the situation improves [there] or [we] will send them to another country that matches with their way of living".



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