Deportation Of Rohingyas Not Only Violates Art. 21 And International Norms But Like Sending Them To Torture Or Death: Petitioner To Supreme Court
An additional affidavit has been filed before the Supreme Court in the Rohingya case, protesting the planned deportation of Rohingya group members who have fled persecution in Myanmar and found asylum in India. "Deportation would not only be a violation of their Article 21 right and all international norms," it is said, but it would also be "almost like sending them back to torture or death."
ISSUES BEFORE THE COURT:
The Supreme Court of India has been approached with a petition seeking guidance for the release of Rohingya refugees detained in Jammu, as well as a stay on the government's deportation orders. The petition also asks the UNHCR to intervene and determine the refugees' security needs before issuing them refugee cards. The reliefs were sought through an interim application filed in a pending writ petition before the Supreme Court, which sought to shield Rohingya refugees from imminent deportation and to protect their rights.
OBSERVATION MADE BY THE COURT:
On Friday, the bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde will hear an application seeking the release of Rohingya refugees who have been illegally detained in the Jammu region, as well as for remaining there and threatening deportation to Myanmar, on the grounds that it violates their Article 21 rights and that deporting them will put them in grave danger of grave bodily harm. The supplementary affidavit adds a few more documents to the mix. In the background of ethnic atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya minority, the International Court of Justice released a landmark opinion. The court determined that the Rohingya group in Myanmar had been subjected to genocide and ordered Myanmar's military forces to cease their persecution of the Rohingyas. The International Court of Justice's 15-member bench released this order unanimously. The petition also asks the UNHCR to intervene and determine the refugees' security needs before issuing them refugee cards.