Rohingyas detained in Jammu shall not be deported to Myanmar with out due process: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Thursday dominated that Rohingya refugees detained in Jammu shall not be deported to Myanmar with out following the prescribed process.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde delivered its order on a plea filed by a Rohingya refugee by way of Advocate Prashant Bhushan. The plea had acknowledged that “these refugees have been illegally detained and jailed in the Jammu Sub Jail which has been converted into a holding center with the IGP (Jammu) Mukesh Singh stating that they face deportation back to Myanmar following verification by their embassy”.

Referring to reviews of their “imminent…deportation”, the plea had stated, “This goes against India’s commitment to refugee protection and its obligations against refouling refugees to a place where they face persecution and is a violation of the Article 21 rights of all Rohingya persons living in India.”

However, the highest court docket’s order additionally implies that now Rohingyas will be deported again to Myanmar, rejecting a clause within the plea which had sought stalling of deportation course of and offering refugee playing cards to Rohingyas.

Earlier this month, India’s move to deport a 14-year-old Rohingya woman to Myanmar drew criticism from UNHCR and rights teams.

Last month, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had arrange “holding centres” underneath the Foreigners Act within the Hiranagar sub-jail in Kathua, and rounded up 168 Rohingya refugees, together with ladies and kids, from Jammu and positioned them there.

Thousands of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in Myanmar have fled the nation to India and Bangladesh following an alleged crackdown by Myanmar Army.