India has abstained from a very important human rights situation, for the
Rohingya Muslim minority. This shows Indias ignorance amongst human rights issues. 26 countries including India have abstained from the UN Committees resolution on the human rights issue in Myanmar. Asian neighbours of Rohingya people, such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Japan abstained too.
India has big responsibilities, being the second most populated country in the world and the largest democracy. It’s losing its respect in the international front by avoiding helping such crucial humanitarian matters. India aspires being a world power, but does not stand for people when in trouble.
On top of this, India’s Supreme Court and lawmakers are attempting to deport more than 40,000 refugees that have seeked refuge in India. This ethnic cleansing from Myanmar is leading to repercussions especially in India!
This all began in August when the current ruling party the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked local officials to identify illegal immigrants of the Rohingya population in the 29 states of India.
‘As per available estimates there are around 40,000 Rohingya living illegally in the country,’ Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said.
Why does India want to deport the Rohingya back to Rakhine state? The answer is in an affidavit which was submitted to the supreme court on September 18th, where it states ‘authentic material indicating linkages of some of the unauthorized Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan based terror organizations’ and ‘that many of the Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister designs of the ISI/ISIS and other extremist group.’
However no evidence has been made available publicly, which links Rohingya refugees with international terrorist networks.
The vast problems of the Rohingya community are seen to be due to the attack in border posts on August 25 which had killed 12 security officers.
India should pay attention to Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. They have warned ASEAN members will face consequences of bypassing the Rohingya issue which will lead to regional instability and radicalization.
India needs to exert pressure on the Myanmar leader diplomatically to take back the Rohingyas.