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Judgment to deport seven Rohingiyas a dark day for Indian human rights: Amnesty

By Our Representative
By Amnesty International India in a statement has said that the Supreme Court nod for "forcible" expulsion of seven Rohingya men, Mohammad Jalal, Mokbul Khan, Jalal Uddin, Mohammad Youns, Sabbir Ahamed, Rahim Uddin and Mohammad Salam to Myanmar by the Indian government marks a dark day for human rights in India.
"These seven men are at grave risk of being subjected to serious human rights violations by the Myanmar government", Amnesty said, adding, "This decision negates India’s proud tradition of providing refuge to those fleeing serious human rights violations. It endangers the most persecuted population in the world and is bereft of any empathy.”
"The petitioners had requested the Court to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) access to the men to ascertain whether they needed protection under refugee law — this was not allowed", Amnesty said, adding, "The seven were earlier found to be ‘illegal immigrants’ under the much abused Foreigners Act, 1946."
“The Indian government is conducting a relentless smear campaign against the Rohingya community in India for over two years now. This decision sets a dangerous precedent for all asylum seekers and refugees in India. The Narendra Modi government must work with the UNHCR so as not to renege on basic human rights commitments,” said Aakar Patel of Amnesty India.

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