Rohingya refugees are a threat to national security, Centre tells Supreme Court

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Zakharova said Russian Federation welcomed the measures taken by the "Myanmar Government to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan".

A "deeply concerned" India last week asked Myanmar to handle the situation in the Rakhine state with "maturity and restraint" while focusing on the welfare of the civilian population along with that of the security forces and asserted that it was imperative that violence ends there.

Desperate Rohingya grab for aid handouts of clothing and food in Tankhali, Bangladesh.

A DAY after the Centre's flip-flop on affidavit on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government will file the affidavit before the Supreme Court on September 18.

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AIMIM leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has asked the Union government to consider Rohingyas as refugees and not Muslims and provide shelter to them on humanitarian grounds. According to home ministry officials there were almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in the country.

It has also sought a direction that Rohingyas be provided "basic amenities to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by global law".

According to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, 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. According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

The government is due to file its affidavit in the Supreme Court in response to a public interest litigation filed by two Rohingya refugees living in India.

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Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said that the issues of law and order would be faced if the Rohingya immigrants stay in the country permanently. He said that it is in the process of being finalised.

The government has recently raised "serious concern" over reports of renewed violence and attacks in Myanmar and extended its "strong" support to the Myanmarese government at this "challenging moment".

In their petition, Mohammad Shaqir and Mohammad Salimullah argued their deportation would violate India's Constitution as well as the principle of "non-refoulement", which prohibits the deportation of refugees. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

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