Govt to file affidavit on Sep 18 for Rohingya issue : Rajnath Singh

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"The entire world today is anxious with the Rohingya issue (and) their (India's) concern and stand beside us is very crucial at this moment", he had said.

Earlier this week, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein had criticised India for wanting to deport Rohingya refugees.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the global community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

Rohingya Muslims are neither accepted by Myanmar nor its neighbor Bangladesh, and live in in constant fear following the government's plan to deport 40,000 of them.

Myanmar insisted on Friday that it was not barring aid workers but a government spokesman said the authorities on the ground might have concerns over security. "We want to ask the Prime Minister, under which law you will send them back, which law?" he asked.

India is not a state party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees although it hosts thousands of refugees from neighboring countries.

In a bluntly worded affidavit submitted in Supreme Court, the government on Thursday has made it clear that it is against staying of Rohingya Muslims as illegal refugees in India.

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Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the global community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

While issuing a notice to the Home Ministry in August and criticising the government's decision to deport Rohingyas, the NHRC had stated that "India has been home to refugees for centuries".

Furthermore, they asked the armed forces to be prepared for battle, should the situation arise.

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh Bangladeshi authorities summoned Myanmar's envoy to protest what they said were violations of their airspace as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Myanmar in the past three weeks reached more than 400,000.

Terming the Rohingyas as a "direct threat to national security", the said affidavit (draft) had claimed that providing facilities and amenities to illegal immigrants out of existing national resources "would have a direct adverse impact on Indian citizens" and that "fundamental rights of Indian citizens would be seriously violated" if the refugees were allowed to stay in India.

The protesters also urged the people of the country to boycott all Myanmar products until its government stopped the oppression of Rohingya. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

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