SC to hear plea today against deportation of Rohingyas
Many Rohingyas took refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community.Updated: Sep 04, 2017 08:57 IST
The Supreme Court will hear a plea on Monday against the Centre’s move to deport illegal Rohingya Muslims, who have entered India after fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar.
The matter was mentioned by advocate Prashant Bhushan in front of a bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.
The plea was filed by two Rohingya immigrants -- Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir -- who claimed they took refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community in that country.
The plea stated that “this act (deportation) would also be in contradiction with the Principle of Non-Refoulement, which has been widely recognised as a principle of Customary International Law”.
The Principle of Non-Refoulement prohibits states from sending back refugees to a country where their life may be in danger.
The Rohingyas fled to India after violence in the western Rakhine state of Myanmar.