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Strike balance between national and humanitarian interest, SC on Rohingya issue

Strike balance between national and humanitarian interest, SC on Rohingya issue”

News agency ANI quoted the SC bench as saying that national importance can not be secondary and at the same time, the human rights of the Rohingyas should be kept in mind.

'We have to strike a balance. The Supreme Court said, " If you (Centre) take any kind of contingency plan, you need to inform this court". It is not an ordinary case. "The issue involves human rights of many", the bench said.

A Rohingya petitioner had on September 23 told the top court that they were not illegal immigrants but refugees who fled Myanmar and came to India for shelter in wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion and community identity and were entitled to all protection under the worldwide conventions on refugees and treaties.

The Supreme Court said today the Indian government must balance national security with humanity and directed the Centre not to deport Rohingyas till the case is heard.

The Rohingya refugees, a persecuted community of Muslims from Myanmar have fled the country in large numbers.

The apex court had asked the Centre and two Rohingya Muslims, who have challenged to deport refugees to Myanmar, to desist from making emotional arguments and personal attacks and to file documents, including global conventions.

The government also said if allowed to stay, the Rohingya refugees would exhaust natural resources meant for Indians that could culminate in hostility towards them and lead to social tension and law and order problems.

The issue came to the fore after the home ministry in July stated that illegal immigrants such as the Rohingya posed grave security challenges as they might be recruited by terror groups, and asked the state governments to identify and deport them.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court registry, the NDA government said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees can not invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.



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