India: Top court hearing appeal of Rohingya deportation

Lawyers for Muslim minority argue deportations would violate international conventions, Constitution

India: Top court hearing appeal of Rohingya deportation

World Bulletin / News Desk

India’s Supreme Court Friday began hearing a challenge to a decision to deport Rohingya back to Myanmar, where the minority Muslims have faced violent persecution.

The apex court had agreed on Monday to hear the petition on various grounds, including that such deportations would violate international conventions.

A bench of the Supreme Court on Friday considered the submission of lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who asked for an urgent hearing on the Indian government’s deportation order.

In their petition, Mohammad Shaqir and Mohammad Salimullah argued their deportation would violate India’s Constitution as well as the principle of “non-refoulement,” which prohibits the deportation of refugees.

Rohingya Muslims are neither accepted by Myanmar nor its neighbor Bangladesh, and live in in constant fear following the Indian government’s plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees.

In India, they are mostly settled in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Haryana.

Kiren Rijiju, India’s union minister of state for home affairs, recently told parliament that the central government had asked the states to identify Rohingya Muslims living illegally and initiate deportation processes.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Eylül 2017, 10:55