Rohingya Muslims move Supreme Court


They have taken shelter in various parts of the country due to “widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community in their home state”.

A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear on September 4 a petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan on behalf of Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who escaped their home country, Myanmar.

“India has ratified and is a signatory to, various Conventions that recognise the Principle of ‘Non-Refoulement’ that prohibits the deportation of refugees to a country where they face threat to their life,” the petitioners said.

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju had in early August told Parliament that the government had asked state authorities to identify and deport an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India.

Though about 16,500 Rohingyas have registered with the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in India, the Union government has failed to carry out their obligations to ensure protection to the community by proposing to deport them to Myanmar, where they face serious persecution, the petitioners claimed.

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