Rights body opposes deportation of Rohingya children in SC

West Bengal child rights commission moved the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the Centre’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims who are staying in the country to Myanmar.

West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR), in its plea before the top court, said, in the state of West Bengal there are 24 Rohingya children in Shelter home and 20 children residing in correctional homes with their mothers and they are less than 6 years of age. They have travelled by road from Myanmar through Bangladesh to India and taken shelter here and the Supreme Court needs to intervene against their arbitrary deportation back to Myanmar .

The petition adds , the proposed deportation of the children is against the constitution of indian and the principle of Non-refoulment , which prohibits sending back refugees to the country where they will face persecution.

The petition also challenges Central government notification asking for identification and deportation of all Rohingyas living in India to Myanmar. Rohingyas are being “systematically tortured and killed”, the child rights panel said adding that even the United Nations has described them as the “most persecuted community in the world”.

As carried in HT on 23.9.17

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