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Centre’s decision to deport Rohingya refugees in nation’s interest, says Rijiju

The apex court is hearing a plea against the government’s decision to deport the refugees to Myanmar.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2017 12:44 IST
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
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Demonstrators hold placards during a protest rally against what they say is Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya Muslims, in Ajmer, on Friday.(REUTERS)

Minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the government’s stand to deport Rohingya refugees was in the nation’s interest.

“It is a sensitive matter. Whatever government will do, will be in nation’s interest,” Rijiju told reporters ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Myanmar and a large number of them are in India.

The apex court is hearing a plea against the government’s decision to deport the refugees to Myanmar. Rijiju said the government’s way forward would be based on national interest.

“We will mention the same in our affidavit to be submitted in the Supreme Court,” he said.

He also requested the international human rights bodies not to spread misinformation about India and said: “India is a sovereign country and protecting the nation is our duty.”

The UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva last week slammed India over its stand on the Rohingya crisis.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 12:44 IST