India Ignores Pleas, Deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

India deported seven Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar Thursday, despite protests from human rights activists and United Nations warnings that they could face persecution in the country where the security forces have been accused of genocidal attacks against the minority community. Prashant Bhushan, a Delhi-based human rights lawyer, filed a last-minute appeal with India’s Supreme Court seeking to halt their deportation, saying they would face reprisals on their return to Myanmar. The court ruled Thursday that it would allow their deportation because it does not “want to interfere with the (government’s) decision.” The men, ages 26 to 32, had been held in detention centers in the northeast Indian state of Assam since they were arrested as illegal immigrants in 2012. They were taken to the neighboring state of Manipur Wednesday and sent across the border to Myanmar on Thursday. “The deportation procedure for the Rohingya men was complete after they were handed over to the security officials of Myanmar at the border post of Moreh (in Manipur) this afternoon,” Ibomcha Singh, police chief of the Tengnoupal district where Moreh is located, told VOA. ​Targeted for decades Since the Rohingya Muslims were first targeted by large-scale ethnic violence in 1970s, the religious minority community has fled persecution and economic hardship in Myanmar for decades by fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh and other countries. While most Rohingya refugees remained in Bangladesh, some crossed the border into India. In 2012, when Bangladesh kept its border closed to fleeing Rohingyas, some of them began entering India directly through the northeast Indian border state of Mizoram. On Tuesday, Tendayi Achiume, U.N. special rapporteur on racism, expressed concern over the deportations. “Given the ethnic identity of the men, this is a flagrant denial of their right to protection and could amount to refoulement (return of refugees). The... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, India Ignores Pleas, Deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you India Ignores Pleas, Deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 4 October, 2018



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