India Supreme Court puts government's Rohingya deportation plans on hold

15:39  13 october  2017
15:39  13 october  2017 Source:   India Today

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  Supreme Court puts government's Rohingya deportation plans on hold © India Today The Supreme Court today deferred the deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees from India till its next hearing on November 21 and said there is not an "iota of doubt" that a humanitarian approach should be taken on the matter.

In a strongly-worded observation, the Supreme Court reminded the government that it has multiple responsibilities, and must balance national and humanitarian values. It said the Rohingya Muslims issue is of great magnitude and the state has a big role to play.

"The Constitution is based on humanitarian values. The state has a multi-pronged role. While national security and economic interests need to be secured, innocent women and children cannot be ignored," the apex court said. 

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India's Supreme Court has heard arguments from the government and the two Rohingya , who have petitioned against the government ' s plan to READ MORE: Rohingya in India fear deportation to Myanmar. Ravi Nair of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre told Al Jazeera that the

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition filed by two immigrants, who have challenged the Two days ago, top government officials led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held a meeting in The United Nations' top human rights body criticised the government plan to deport Rohingyas

Deferring the matter to November 21, the Supreme Court, however, allowed the Rohingya petitioners to approach it in case of any contingency.

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Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar. Where the Rohingya once lived

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Earlier, the Centre in an affidavit had termed Rohingya refugees as "illegal" immigrants and said some of them were part of a "sinister" design of Pakistan's ISI and terror groups such as the ISIS, whose presence in the country will pose a "serious" national security threat.

The affidavit was submitted in response to a plea filed by the Rohingya immigrants, claiming they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

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India's Supreme Court has heard arguments from the government and the two Rohingya , who have petitioned against the government ' s plan to deport the "I do not know what the government is thinking when it is talking of deportation ," Nair said. "If refugees are sent back forcibly, they will

Earlier this week, a group of eminent personalities had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not deport Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers, saying a proposal that the entire community is a threat to national security is basedon "false assumption".

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