Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

The issue came to the fore after the home ministry in July stated that illegal immigrants such as the Rohingyas posed grave security challenges as they might be recruited by terror groups, and asked the state governments to identify and deport them.

Countries across the region fear they will feel the fallout from the crisis.

The fundamental rights of Indians will also be seriously violated if Rohingya refugees are allowed to stay in the country and deprive Indians of their legitimate share, it added.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the government will provide evidence of Rohingya links with extremist Islamic groups and illegal transfer of money at the next hearing.

"It is submitted that continuance of Rohingyas' illegal immigration into India and their continued stay in India, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats", it said.

As the Myanmar government does not recognise the Rohingyas as its citizens, in general, it will be hard for India to deport them.

Human Rights Watch urged India, the world's biggest democracy, to follow the global principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits sending back refugees to a place where their lives are in danger.

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Rijiju said India would even deport all Rohingya refugees, including some 16,500 who have been registered by the United Nations refugee agency as refugees.

The Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar for decades.

More than 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, in the wake of a violent military offensive launched after hundreds of Rohingya rebels assaulted police posts.

Kolkata: The Bangladesh government was keeping an eye on the Rohingya refugees and getting them registered to ensure that militants did not enter the country, HT Imam, political adviser to Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said on Tuesday. Myanmar has never granted them citizenship, even though most can show their families have been in the country for generations. The U.N. has said the army action could amount to ethnic cleansing.

One of the petitioners, who said he has been in India for at least five years, said he was hopeful that the court would support the refugees. "How we will share it with others", he said.

The hearing will continue next month.

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