Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Pallavi Saxena October 6, 2018 12:04 pm Change Font Size The Supreme Court of India on Thursday refused to stop the deportation of 7 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. While, with the men minutes away from the border, the Bench agreed to hear the interim application in view of the grave urgency, the matter was dismissed. In doing so, the Supreme Court accepted the arguments made by Mr. Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Government, and agreed that the Rohingya refugees were ‘illegal immigrants’ and that they had “consented” to return to Myanmar. The dismissal of the application has the possibility of becoming a dangerous precedent, specifically for the Rohingya refugees living in India, as several points of law were not considered. Violative of International Law In giving its decision, the Supreme Court erred to make a distinction between ‘illegal immigrant’ and ‘refugee’, not taking into consideration the persecutory circumstances and grave human rights abuses which Rohingyas are fleeing, which makes them refugees entitled to international protection as soon as they enter an international border, which was India in this instance. This was also mentioned by Mr. Prashant Bhushan, Counsel for the Petitioner,… Read full this story
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