Supreme Court: Do not deport any Rohingya refugee till the next hearing on November 21

Last Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017, 04:31
Supreme Court: Do not deport any Rohingya refugee till the next hearing on November 21
The Supreme Court today observed that no Rohingya refugees should be deported until the next date of hearing in the case. The apex court said that national importance cannot be secondary and at the same time human rights of Rohingyas should be kept in mind.
The top court also said, `We have to strike a balance. It is not an ordinary case. The issue involves human rights of many.`

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar. About 519,000 Rohingya have crossed the border and crossed into neighbouring Bangladesh since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts in Rakhine state sparked a ferocious military response.

Refugees and rights groups say the army and Buddhist vigilantes have engaged in a campaign of killing and arson aimed at driving the Rohingya out of Myanmar.

Myanmar rejects accusations of ethnic cleansing and has labelled the militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army who launched the initial attacks as terrorists who have killed civilians and burnt villages.

The United States and EU have been considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders, diplomats and officials have told Reuters, though they are wary of action that could destabilise the country`s transition to democracy.

The Myanmar government has said its "clearance operations" against the militants ended in early September and people had no reason to flee. But in recent days the government has reported large numbers of Muslims preparing to leave, with more than 17,000 people in one area alone.
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