Junior Interior Minister ‘Kiren Rijiju’ told the Parliament last week that they have directed state authorities to identify and deport Illegal Immigrants including Rohingayas. There are over 40,000 Rohingayas who are living Illegaly in India.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued identity cards to about 16,500 Rohingya in India that it says help them “prevent harbitrary arrests, detention and deportation”. But Kiren Rijiju said in an interview on the weekend that the UNHCR registration was irrelevant.
“They are doing it, we can’t stop them from registering. But we are not signatory to the accord on refugees,” he said. “As far as we are concerned they are all illegal immigrants They have no basis to live here. Anybody who is illegal migrant will be deported.”
On the other hand UNHCR India office said on Monday, that sending back Refugees to a place where they face danger was considered part of customary international law and binding on all states whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not.
There is a procedure, there is a rule of law. “We can’t throw them out just like that. We can’t dump them in the Bay of Bengal.” Said the Minister when asked about the procedure to deport the Illegal Immigrants.
India in in constantly touch with the authorities in Myanmar and Bangladesh
regarding the deportation of Rohingayas.