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India's Supreme Court Allows Deportation of 7 Rohingyas to Myanmar

India's Supreme Court has ordered the deportation of seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar. The seven men, who have been detained since 2012 for illegally entering India, were scheduled to be deported on Thursday. Prashan Bhushan, a lawyer for the seven men, filed a last-minute appeal with the court to halt their deportation, saying they would be subjected to persecution upon their return. About 40,000 Rohingya have settled in India to escape persecution and violence in Myanmar, where they are considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and are denied basic rights. India's Supreme Court is considering a legal challenge to a government order issued last year to return all Rohingya to Myanmar, citing national security concerns. More than 700,000 members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh from Rakhine State since the largely Buddhist government of Myanmar began a widespread crackdown across the region in August 2017 in response...

 

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