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Illegal Immigrants, Not Refugees; HM Rajnath Singh On Rohingya Muslims

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| September 21 , 2017 , 14:32 IST

Making a firm stand against providing refuge to the Rohingya Muslims who have entered India after fleeing Myanmar, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that we shouldn't label these illegal immigrants as refugees in the name of Human rights.

Not refugees, they are illegal immigrants, who need to be sent back, he added.

Addressing the National Seminar on Good Governance, Development and Human Rights in New Delhi, Rajnath Singh said, "We need to understand the reality that Rohingyas from Myanmar who have entered India are not refugees. In order to get the refugee status, one needs to follow a process. None among them has followed that procedure."

Given the international pressure on India to provide shelter to the refugees, the Home Minister said, "India won't be violating any international law by deporting Rohingyas from India, as it isn't a signatory to 1951 UN Refugee Convention."

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"Principle of non-refoulement applies on those who have taken asylum in India. No Rohingya has applied for asylum in India till today," he added.

"People should understand that one aspect of illegal immigration of is related with the national security," he said.

Earlier, the Home Ministry had submitted its affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking approval to deport Rohingyas Muslims from India, calling them a 'security threat' to the country. While the court has given a date to hear the case on October 3, the government has made its stand clear.

Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have entered into India seeking refuge in the country after a large-scale genocide was started by the country's military post a militant attack on their camp.