Bengal panel to bat for Rohingyas in Supreme Court

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The NHRC recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingya living in various parts of India.

India is also sending humanitarian relief to Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees, the minister added. So when they entered India they have not come as refugees.

"No Rohingya has got asylum in India nor anyone has applied for it. Can not comment on the government policy but we are helping them because they are being persecuted in Myanmar", Dattu said. "Today, we are talking about their human rights", said the minister at a national seminar on good governance, development and human rights organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the capital on Thursday.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said attacks on Myanmar's Rohingya minority amounted to "genocide".

According to the United Nations estimates, over 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into Bangladesh since August 25 when fresh wave of violence erupted. Meanwhile, Thailand's military junta has announced a policy created to push back desperate Rohingya seeking to escape the atrocities in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and deny them access to refugee protection.

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They have prayed for the issuance of a direction to the Centre to refrain from deporting the Rohingyas and also to provide them with basic amenities so as to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by worldwide law. "India is not even a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention". The matter comes up for further hearing on October 3. "Principle of non-refoulement applies on those who have taken asylum in India".

In a rejoinder petition to the Centre's September 18 affidavit, the two Rohingya immigrants said they are "not mere illegal migrants" because they fled Myanmar amid severe repression and genocide.

They are not refugees, nor have they taken asylum, the minister said of the almost 40,000 people who the Centre has said it will remove from India, provoking global criticism. In the case of the Rohingyas there are ample evidences that terrorist groups such as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army with links to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are operating in the Rakhine province.

Both UN and human rights activists argue that despite India not being a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, it is bound by global principles of non-refoulement. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. Moreover, it said, the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees can not invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

Earlier this week, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to take back those Rohingyas who wished to be back in Myanmar, but only after detailed verification.

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