India Seeks Deportation of Rohingya for Security Reasons


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"It is submitted that continuance of Rohingyas' illegal immigration into India and their continued stay in India, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats", it said.

Rohingya community leaders have denied any link with Islamist extremism.

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

He said the government had evidence of the presence of militants among the refugees who fled a crackdown by the Myanmar government.

The United Nations says there are 16,000 registered Rohingya in India, but many more are undocumented.

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He told news agency ANI that if India decides to not allow Rohingyas then the global community can not ask it to take allow refugees.

The lawyer representing the Rohingya said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person", including non-citizens.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has stated it categorically that the government is looking for ways to deport over 40,000 Rohingyas living in the country illegally.

It also said there was information on Rohingya involvement in plots by Islamic State and other "extremist groups" to ignite communal and sectarian violence in India.

"Even Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans who came from their respective countries fearing persecution were illegal the day they crossed over". The U.N. has said the army action could amount to ethnic cleansing.

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"As India has accommodated refugees coming from Tibet, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, issue of Rohingyas refugees should also be considered in the same spirit", he said.

"We are still allowed to issue (visas on arrival) to diplomats, monks and nuns, but for tourists we have stopped giving arrival visas", she said. The group also has ties with Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) cell in Jammu and Kashmir.

The hearing will continue next month.

Rohingya in India voiced worries that they were being unfairly tainted by the allegations and sought more understanding for their plight.

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