Seven Rohingya Deported to Myanmar After SC Upholds Label of 'Illegal Immigrants'

India deports Rohingya Muslims, drawing U.N. ire

The expert body quoted as saying, "A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm at the Indian Government's plan to deport seven Rohingya men to Myanmar, saying their forcible return could constitute refoulement which violates worldwide law".

The Indian government is conducting a "relentless smear" campaign against Rohingya immigrants and the decision to deport seven men from the community sets a "dangerous" precedent for all asylum seekers in the country, Amnesty International India said Thursday. The court said, "We are not inclined to interfere in the decision taken".

Md Inus, Md Sabir Ahmed, Md Jamal, Md Salam, Md Mukbul Khan, Md Rohimuddin and Md Jamal Hussain, all from Faida district of Myanmar, were arrested in southern Assam's Cachar district in 2012 and lodged at the Central Jail in Cachar district headquarters Silchar since then.

Government attorney Tushar Mehta told the judges that the government of Myanmar had given deportees certificates of identity and one-month visas to facilitate their deportation. India has obtained travel permits for them from Myanmar authorities. They were taken to the neighboring state of Manipur Wednesday and sent across the border to Myanmar on Thursday. The United Nations has termed the repression "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide".

Earlier, the Supreme Court of India had allowed the deportation of the Rohingya, saying they were found by the competent court as illegal immigrants and have been accepted by their country of origin as citizens. The group of seven illegal immigrants was deported through Moreh border. The party's powerful president, Amit Shah has repeatedly promised to deport all such migrants, and portrayed them as a security threat.

After facing incessant violence in Myanmar, the Rohingya headed towards Bangladesh, India, and other surrounding areas. Less than 15,000 are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. "India needs to support Bangladesh much more and put pressure on Myanmar to ease the worst humanitarian crisis I have ever seen".

The spokesperson also urged India to reconsider its decision and "refrain from measures that could directly or indirectly lead to the return of a person to a country where his or her life or freedom would be in danger". Apparently out of fear of being arrested as illegal immigrants in India, many of these refugees fled eastern India recently and dispersed in other parts of the country.

As global pressure has mounted over the atrocities, Myanmar formed an "Independent Commission of Enquiry", which is chaired by former Philippine deputy foreign minister Rosario Manalo - but gave no details of the commission's remit, powers or how long it would take to complete its investigation.

Officials in India point out two Rohingya men were sent again in August - but this is not been confirmed by Myanmar.