Rohingya crisis: NHRC to take up issue, refuses to comment on govt's 'illegal immigrants' stance

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday said it has taken up the issue of the Rohingya on humanitarian grounds but refused to comment on the government's assertion that the "illegal immigrants" would be deported.

The Rohingya refugees. Reuters

The Rohingya refugees. Reuters

"We are taking up the case of Rohingya on humanitarian grounds. I can't comment on the government line," chairman of the NHRC Justice (retired) HL Dattu told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on good governance and human rights organised by the rights body.

His comments came minutes after Home minister Rajnath Singh said at the seminar that the Rohingya were illegal immigrants and not refugees, and would be deported.

The NHRC had recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingyas, who are residing in various parts of India.

According to the commission, its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter from the human rights angle.

Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 20:18 PM

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