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India's top court rejects plea to stop Rohingya deportations to Myanmar

April 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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India's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to stop the government from deporting to Myanmar some 150 Rohingya Muslims police detained last month, paving the way for them to be sent to a country where hundreds have been killed following a military coup.

New DelhiIndia's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to stop the government from deporting to Myanmar some 150 Rohingya Muslims police detained last month, paving the way for them to be sent to a country where hundreds have been killed following a military coup.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been trying to send back Rohingyas, a Muslim minority from Myanmar who have found refuge in India after fleeing persecution and waves of violence over the years.

Two refugees petitioned the Supreme Court for the release of Rohingya refugees detained in the northern Jammu region last month, and to block the government from deporting them.

He added in the order that India is not a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees 1951, and that the principle of non-refoulement is only applicable to member states.

India does not have legislation that specifically refers to refugees -- so Rohingya refugees are often labeled illegal immigrants subject to deportation by the government under the Foreigners Act 1946 and the Foreigners Order 1948.

The Modi government says the Rohingya are in the country illegally and are a security threat.

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