After Top Court's Decision, India Deports 7 Rohingya To Myanmar For First Time

After Top Court

After Top Court's Decision, India Deports 7 Rohingya To Myanmar For First Time 

New Delhi: On Thursday, India deported seven Rohingya to Myanmar, in the first such move, despite the warnings of the UN that the men faced persecution in a country where the army is accused of genocide. The deported men have been in detention for illegally entering the country in 2012, were handed over at a border crossing in Manipur, hours after the Top Court refused to stop the deportation.

"Seven Myanmarese nationals have been deported today. They were handed over to the authorities of Myanmar at Moreh border post," said senior Assam police officer Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.

Seven men seated in a bus bound for the border are seen in the photograph. Then, in a widely criticised image, the men were seen posing while sitting on their haunches, with Indian officials standing behind them.

NDTV spoke to some of the men and asked them where they were from. They said Arakan - the old name for Rakhine state, the epicentre of a Myanmar army offensive that over the past year has driven an estimated 700,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh.

Mohammad Younis, 28, one of the man said: "I have nothing to say but I can say that we are satisfied that Burma is taking us back."

Their statements was in consonance with the foreign ministry's version: "Those sent back to Myanmar were willing to be repatriated."

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It has been confirmed by Myanmar that they were its citizens and had verified their addresses in Rakhine, said the government.

Many legal actions were taken to stop the deportation failed when the Supreme Court refused to interfere in the government's decision and agreed that the men were illegal immigrants.

"Even the country of their origin has accepted them as its citizens," said a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who took charge as the country's top judge yesterday.

Most of the Buddhist-majority Myanmar, despice Rohingya and refuses to recognise them as citizens and falsely labels them "Bengali" illegal immigrants.

The United Nation had stated that their forcible return violates international law, and that the government had an international legal obligation to fully acknowledge the persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country.

In a sharp response, India said that it had continued a long tradition of playing host to a large number of refugees despite developmental and security related challenges.

As per the sources of the home ministry, the presence of Rohingya has been detected in eight states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bengal, Haryana and Delhi.


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