Advertisement
Sunday, Oct 02, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

UN Human Rights Expert Alarmed Over India's Bid To Deport Rohingya Refugees

"The Indian Government has an obligation to refer Rohingyas under their custody to the UN refugee agency so their protection needs can be assessed and proper information provided to them about their rights," the UN expert added.

UN Human Rights Expert Alarmed Over India's Bid To Deport Rohingya Refugees
Representational Image | AP Photo
UN Human Rights Expert Alarmed Over India's Bid To Deport Rohingya Refugees
outlookindia.com
2018-10-03T15:45:27+05:30

 United Nations' Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, has expressed concerns over Indian Government's plan to deport seven Rohingya men to Myanmar, saying their forcible return could constitute refoulement which violates international law.

The men from Kyauk Daw township in central Rakhine state of Myanmar face deportation on October 3. They have been held at the Silchar central prison in Cachar district in Assam since 2012 on charges of irregular entry.

"Given the ethnic identity of the men, this is a flagrant denial of their right to protection and could amount to refoulement," said Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on racism.

"The Indian Government has an international legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalised discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection. I am also appalled over the length of their detention. Prolonged detention of this kind is prohibited. It could be considered arbitrary, and could even fall under the category of inhuman and degrading treatment," Achiume said.

She added it was unacceptable that the men have not received adequate legal counsel.

"The Indian Government has an obligation to refer Rohingyas under their custody to the UN refugee agency so their protection needs can be assessed and proper information provided to them about their rights," the UN expert added.

The deportations are based on August 8, 2017, orders of the Indian Government for return of Rohingyas. The Supreme Court of India is considering a petition challenging the 2017 order on the grounds it was unconstitutional.

The UN expert expressed concern that close to 200 Rohingya persons were known to be detained in India on charges of irregular entry. "We urge the Government of India to abide by the international norm of non-refoulement and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees including Rohingyas," she said.

ANI

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement