Rohingya Muslims are threat to national security, Govt tells Supreme Court

Rohingya Muslims are threat to national security, Govt tells Supreme Court

Rohingya Muslims are threat to national security, Govt tells Supreme Court

In Yangon, presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said that while Myanmar's military denied crossing into Bangladesh's airspace, the matter was being investigated. His remarks came two days after UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein condemned India's decision to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar where they have faced persecution.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the global community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus. Almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state.

Myanmar insisted on Friday that it was not barring aid workers but a government spokesman said the authorities on the ground might have concerns over security. "This is wrong. Under which law, can the Centre send all the Rohingya refugees back?" he added. However, the language of the final affidavit is likely to be "minimally altered" keeping in mind the global reaction that India's effort to banish refugees of the persecuted ethnic minority back to a country where their brethren are being mercilessly butchered by the Junta is likely to attract. They are estimated to be around 3,00,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will inform the Supreme Court of its stand on the Rohingya immigrants on September 18. The government says there is no such ethnicity as Rohingya and say they are Bengalis who illegally migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh.

Earlier it was reported that the filed affidavit on the expulsion of Rohingyas stated that the decision to deport the Rohingyas is taken in "larger public interest and in the interest of national security".

Furthermore, they asked the armed forces to be prepared for battle, should the situation arise.

Rohingya Musims who fled persecution in Myanmar can not stay in India as they are a threat to national security, the Government of India told the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The central government on Thursday in their "unfinalised affidavit" had said that Rohingyas pose a security threat to the country.

The UNHCR had said that at least 2,70,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence-affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

Myanmar officials said he will meet government leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, and attend an address to the nation by Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday.

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