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Rohingyas Illegal Immigrants, Not Refugees: Rajnath Singh

23 September 2017

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday said it has taken up the Rohingya issue on humanitarian grounds but refused to comment on the government's assertion that the "illegal immigrants" would be deported.

Pointing out that there are now about 800,000 Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, Mr. Alam said, "For Bangladesh, it is obviously a security threat".

The Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and not refugees who had applied for asylum in India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today (21 September).

According to NHRC, its "intervention is appropriate" from the human rights angle. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the Rohingya at the Supreme Court hearing, said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person" including non-citizens.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played down claims of atrocities and blamed "a huge iceberg of misinformation" for complicating the conflict.

Rohingyas illegal immigrants, don't mistake them for refugees: Rajnath
Myanmar said earlier this month it was negotiating with veto powers China and Russian Federation to ensure their protection. The United States is pleased to have announced this support during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in NY .

Singh said some people had termed the deportation process of Rohingyas wrong by referring to the "non-refoulement principle", which forbids a country receiving asylum seekers from returning them to a country in which they would be in likely danger of persecution. "It was carrying the food to Rohingya refugees on the border, including those stranded in the no-man's-land", he said.

"But I want to tell them that the non-refoulement principle is applicable to those who take asylum".

"We urge the Myanmar government to take back their citizens and demand that action be taken against those who forced them to leave their country", he further said, adding, Rohingya Muslims have been entering Nepal since 2012.

The Myanmar army has been conducting a violent crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state following militant attacks on police posts and a military camp on Aug 25.

The Bangladesh government is likely to hold ministerial- level talks with Myanmar regarding the Rohingya issue on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly meeting in NY, the State Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Mohammed Shahriar Alam, said in Kolkata on Monday. The Rohingyas have never been granted Myanmar citizenship, despite having resided in the country for centuries.

Rohingyas Illegal Immigrants, Not Refugees: Rajnath Singh