Plight of Rohingyas: SC stresses balance between national security & human rights

13 October, 2017, 15:46 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Strike balance between national and humanitarian interest SC on Rohingya issue

"The court would have to balance the interest of national security, economic interest, labour interest and demographic considerations", he said.

The Supreme Court said the Rohingya Muslims' possible eviction was a very important matter involving issues of national security as well as the human rights of the people, many of whom are women, children and old people.

The Supreme Court on Friday granted more time to all concerned parties to file a reply in connection with the issue of deportation of Rohingyas.

During the brief hearing, the bench suggested to the Centre not to deport the Rohingya Muslim refugees, but Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta requested that it should not be written in the order as anything coming on record will have an worldwide ramification.

In the matter, the Senior Advocate, Prashant Bhushan, appearing from the petitioner side, said "the court has ordered the government not to deport any Rohingya Muslims till it decides on the matter".

Hearing a petition against deporting Rohingya people from the country, the Supreme Court today called the Rohingya situation in Myanmar a "huge humanitarian crisis", but stopped short of freezing a plan to expel the refugees after the centre pleaded that a stay order could have global ramifications. The Chief Justice also observed that till next date of hearing, there should not be any deportation of the refugees.

Many of those, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

However, it also allowed petitioners to approach it in case of any contingency.

The court said, "We have to strike a balance".

The court said the government should not deport the refugees, but did not pass a formal order putting any restrictions.

The two-page letter, released by Amnesty International India deals exclusively with the Rohingya crisis and the Indian government's response to it. India also told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the prevailing situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state should be handled with "restraint" and focus on the "welfare of the civilian population".

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