New Delhi: The Rohingya are illegal immigrants and not refugees who had applied for asylum in India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.
Addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh asked why some people were objecting to the deportation of the Rohingya when Myanmar was ready to accept them.
"The Rohingya are not refugees. They have not come here after following proper procedures. No Rohingya has applied for asylum. They are illegal immigrants," he said.
The home minister also said that India would not violate any international law by deporting Rohingya immigrants as it was not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.
The NHRC recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya, who are residing in various parts of India. According to the Commission, from the human rights angle, its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter.
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Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 12:34:02 IST