Rohingya crisis: Security, population balance to decide course of action, says Jaitley

Rohingya crisis: Security, population balance to decide course of action, says Jaitley

Rohingya crisis: Security, population balance to decide course of action, says Jaitley

Azizul Haque, a Hefazat-e-Islam organisation spokesperson, said that the police escorted them to the embassy but they did not find any Myanmar embassy official there.

Countries across the region fear they will feel the fallout from the crisis. He said the refugees were entitled to protection of their fundamental rights under Article 12 and 14 of the Indian Constitution. Pointing out that not a single Rohingya was arrested in India for links with the Inter-Services Intelligence or the Islamic State or for doing "hundi" transactions, Owaisi said even if somebody was found indulging in such activity, action should be taken against him or her under the law.

The Centre said India has not signed any worldwide treaty on refugees and was under no obligation to keep the Rohingyas, lakhs of whom have fled Myanmar over the past few weeks to escape a crackdown by government forces in the neighbouring country.

He asked the present dispensation to grant Rohingya Muslims the refugee status on the same lines India granted it to Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans.

Human Rights Watch urged India, the world's biggest democracy, to follow the global principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits sending back refugees to a place where their lives are in danger.

The petition was filed after India's junior home minister, Kiren Rijiju, said last month that state governments had been ordered to identify and deport illegal immigrants, including Rohingya Muslims.

He told news agency ANI that if India decides to not allow Rohingyas then the worldwide community can not ask it to take allow refugees. Rohingya activists say many families have lived in Myanmar for years.

Some 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, following Rohingya militant attacks on police posts in August that triggered military retaliation. Thousands of Rohingyas have poured into Bangladesh - and some into India - after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

"We were told to hand over our demands to a peon, which we did not do", Haque said.

Rohingya in India voiced worries that they were being unfairly tainted by the allegations and sought more understanding for their plight.

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