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Plight of Rohingyas: SC stresses balance between national security & human rights
13 October 2017, 03:47 | Opal Carroll
The Supreme Court will today hear a plea challenging the government's decision to deport Rohingya
"A balance must be maintained between national interest and humanitarian duties", the court observed.
"The issue involves human rights of many", the top court said on Friday, according to ANI, and set the next date of hearing for November 21.
In September, the government informed the apex court that the "illegal" influx of Rohingyas was "seriously harming national security of the country".
Furthermore, the Supreme Court also added that Rohingyas can not be deported till the matter is being heard in the court. "The role of the state has to be multi-pronged and must be humanitarian", Chief Justice Misra observed. It, however, allowed petitioners to approach it in case of contingency.
The top court had earlier heard the centre insist that the court must not entertain the petition from two Rohingya Muslims against sending them back and called the 40,000-odd "Rohingya immigrants" in India as a threat to national security. "Moreover, India's credibility as a net security provider for our neighbours in the region would be severely compromised if we fail to act on behalf of our broader interests in the region", they said.
In a new wave of migration, more than 500,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since a renewed military crackdown began August 25.
The plea was filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, claims they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.
On Monday, a day before the hearing in Supreme Court, a group of 51 eminent citizens have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider its approach on the Rohingya issue.
The United Nations refugee agency has about 16,000 people registered with them but the government told parliament recently that there could be three times as many.
A group of 51 personalities from various fields have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing the deportation of Rohingyas arguing that the move would be against India's humanitarian principles and traditions as well as its obligations under worldwide law.
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