Rohingyas are illegal immigrants, not refugees: Rajnath Singh
KalingaTV News Network
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that Rohingyas, who habe come from Myanmar to India, are illegal immigrants and not refugees.
Addressing a national seminar on “Good Governance, Development and Human Rights” organized by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the national capital, Singh said, “Rohingyas are illegal migrants; they are not refugees “.
“The Rohingyas have not followed the procedure for grant of refugee status. They have not taken asylum and therefore, terming them refugees on the grounds of human rights is not justifiable,” the Home minister said.
“Those who, in the name of human rights, are expressing concern on the rights of others, should bother first for the rights of the citizens of India. The citizens of the country have the first right on its resources and not the illegal migrants,” Singh said.
The Home Minister said if India deports the Rohingyas to Myanmar, it does not violate any international law as it is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention of 1951.
Singh shared the salient points of his speech delivered at the NHRC Seminar on his social media account.
भारत के संसाधनों पर सबसे पहला हक़ भारतीयों का है. इसलिए हर भारतीय के इस मानवाधिकार का संरक्षण करना हमारा कर्त्तव्य है. pic.twitter.com/GZSdNo0fxQ
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 21, 2017
The Minister also stated that India has provided humanitarian aid to Bangladesh to deal with influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar.
The two-day seminar will deliberate on various issues, including service delivery mechanism and measures to enhance transparency and accountability.