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...
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