Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

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

No Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka, Ministry affirms NA adopts resolution condemning Rohingya's persecution
Tracy Craig | 20 September, 2017, 01:02

New Delhi, Sep 18 The Congress today urged the government to take all parties into confidence and not have a "blanket approach" on the issue of the Rohingyas.

Countries across the region fear they will feel the fallout from the crisis.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the Rohingya at the Supreme Court hearing, said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person" including non-citizens.

Meanwhile, the Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the "Rohingyas are a serious security threat (and are) staying illegally in India".

He asked the present dispensation to grant Rohingya Muslims the refugee status on the same lines India granted it to Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans. The immigrants also challenged their deportation on grounds of violation of global human rights conventions. Denying any mass influx of Rohingya Muslims into Sri Lanka, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake said that even if some of them had managed to land on Sri Lankan shores, it was, in all likelihood, in small numbers - of not more than 20-25 people.

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Some 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, following Rohingya militant attacks on police posts in August that triggered military retaliation.

Rijiju said India would even deport all Rohingya refugees, including some 16,500 who have been registered by the United Nations refugee agency as refugees. Rohingya activists say many families have lived in Myanmar for years. The U.N. has said the army action could amount to ethnic cleansing.

"We feel helpless and hopeless", said Rohingya youth leader Ali Johar, who came to India in 2012 and lives with his family in a Delhi settlement. "How we will share it with others", he said. AMM also has ties with Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed's cell in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Centre told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that many Rohingyas "figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISI/ISIS and other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country".

The hearing will continue next month.

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