SC to decide if illegal migrants can be given the status of refugees

Centre’s question came on petition by two Rohingya men who face deportation
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a “substantial question” from the Union government on whether illegal immigrants can even be considered for ‘refugee’ status.
A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, was hearing petitions filed by two Rohingya men against the government’s proposal to deport their 40,000-strong community to their native land of Myanmar, where “discrimination and possibly summary executions await them”.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the primary prayers made in the petitions were to stop any proposed deportation and allow the community rights under the international law. “But first decide whether they are refugees… Whether illegal immigrants can even be allowed the status of refugees… This is the substantial question here,” Mr. Mehta submitted. The court said it would examine the issue and asked the parties and intervenors to complete pleadings by the next hearing.
The Rohingya, who fled to India after violence in the State of Rakhine in Myanmar, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. The petitions said the Centre’s move violated the constitutional guarantee that the Indian State should “protect the life and liberty of every human being, whether citizen or not”.
NHRC notice
The National Human Rights Commission had also issued notice to the government on the proposed deportation.
Panic struck the refugee community following media reports of a statement made by then Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in Parliament that the Centre had directed the States to identify and deport illegal immigrants, including the Rohingya. The petitions, filed in the Supreme Court, submitted that the 40,000-odd Rohingya were registered and recognised by the UNHCR in 2016 and granted refugee identity cards. The pleas said their deportation would violate India’s commitment to international conventions that recognise the ‘Principle of Non-Refoulement’. This principle of customary international law prohibits the deportation of refugees to a country where they face a threat to their lives. During the hearing, Justice Aniruddha Bose, on the Bench, asked if there were any formal guidelines, legal norms or policy decisions to determine a refugee.

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