Indian administration has ordered the deportation of 7 Rohingya back to Myanmar on charges of illegal entry into the country. This is the first official move by the Indian government against the community.
Estimates suggest that atleast 40,000 Rohingya live in India. Rohingya are basically a stateless, Muslim population which have fled Myanmar which is dominated by Buddhists. The men which have been deported have been in jail since 2012 on charges of illegal entry into the country.
Modi government has always been against the Rohingya immigrants as they see them as a threat to national security and peace. The Government of India had also asked various state governments to identify the Rohingya and deport them last year as well.
Seven men will be given to the Myanmar authorities at the border under a routine process to deport the illegal immigrants.
Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special rapporteur on racism, has condemned the decision as against International law and said, “ The Indian Government has an international legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalised discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection”.
The army crackdown on Rohingya in Myanmar have led to fleeing of over 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar mainly to Bangladesh. The army crackdown has been labelled as ethnic cleansing by UN.