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Supreme Court to hear plea challenging decision to deport 2 Rohingya Muslim immigrants

LiveMint logoLiveMint 01-09-2017 PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on 4 September a plea challenging the decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar, on various grounds including that it violated international human rights conventions.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud considered the submissions of lawyer Prashant Bhushan that the plea required urgent hearing in view of the decision of the government to send Rohingyas back to their native land.

The plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants that they were facing persecution in Myanmar and that the decision to send them back was in violation of various international conventions.

On 18 August, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued notice to the central government over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who are residing in various parts of India. The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine state of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju had said in Parliament on 9 August that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), were staying in India. He had said that around 40,000 Rohingyas were staying in India illegally.

In a communication to all states, the Union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades has become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants are prone to getting recruited by terrorist organisations. The central government had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally-staying foreign nationals.

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