Centre to file affidavit on Rohingyas in Supreme Court on Monday

Centre to file affidavit on Rohingyas in Supreme Court on Monday

Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population. "It undermines India's security", Rijiju said in a tweet on Wednesday.

"This chorus of branding India as villain on Rohingya issue is a calibrated design to tarnish India's image".

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the media that no affidavit has been filed in the Supreme Court on the issue. The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India.

Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have settled in India, and almost 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations.

"The refugees are no doubt foreign nationals but they are human beings and before taking a big step, the government of India has to look into every aspect of the situation, keeping the fact that members of the Rohingya community, who have crossed into Indian borders and are residing here for long, have a fear of persecution once they are pushed back to their native country", the statement said. The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry also stated that providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would have adverse impact upon Indian citizens as it would deprive them of their legitimate share in the various sectors. According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

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Banerjee's appeal for helping the Rohingyas comes at a time when the Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted states to identify and monitor "illegal migrants". "We are a human rights body and if these persons (Rohingyas) are deported back to their country, we see it as a violation of human rights", NHRC chairperson and former Chief Justice of India Justice H L Dattu said. He said that it is in the process of being finalised. "We don't know exactly if they released that statement for political reasons", he said of Bangladesh's protest.

The Centre also blamed that a systematic and organised network of agents were deliberately facilitating illegal migration of the Rohingyas in India.

"We will also submit a memorandum before the United Nations and the OIC to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingya and ensure their citizenship", he added.

Myanmar officials said he will meet government leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, and attend an address to the nation by Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday.

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