Thursday, April 9, 2020
Home Social Media Here's why Amit Shah was right when he said Rohingyas will never be accepted...

Here’s why Amit Shah was right when he said Rohingyas will never be accepted in India and UNHRC cannot object

It is important to remember here that India is not a party to the 1951 Convention on Refugees and neither the 1967 Protocol. Therefore, no international convention is binding on India.

Also Read

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

The demand for the acceptance of Rohingyas again gave rise to shrill cries during the Citizenship Amendment Bill debate. Home Minister Amit Shah, for his part, made it clear that India will never accept Rohingyas in the country and said that the Rohingyas come to India through Bangladesh.

Under such circumstances, as it turns out, India is not bound even by international norms to accept Rohingyas. The manner in which Rohingyas enter India through Bangladesh, as Amit Shah asserted on the Floor of the House, is referred to as ‘Onward Movement’.

Read: #CABNRCSatyagraha: How the self-appointed custodians of secular fabric of India are trying to save the Rohingyas

- article continues after ad - - article resumes -

Onward movement’ refers to the movement by refugees and asylum-seekers from one country where they enjoyed international protection or could have sought and received such international protection, to another where they may request it. It is conspicuously an irregular movement that is not contrary to the normal course of action by refugees.

Onward Movement guidelines

The UNHCR notes, “International refugee law does not confer upon refugees the right to choose their country of asylum. It also does not authorize their irregular movement between successive countries solely in order to benefit from more favourable conditions.”

Read: Rohingyas pose a serious threat to national security, India should never let them in

It also states, “The right of refugees and asylum-seekers to enter the territory of States derives from the international legal regime for the protection of refugees, where they do not otherwise have lawful permission to do so. It is thus legitimate for States to require compliance with national laws and processes governing the identification and recognition of refugees. Moreover, States may lawfully take measures against individuals who enter or stay in their territory in an irregular manner, including in some circumstances against refugees and asylum-seekers, subject to legal safeguards.”

Onward Movement guidelines

Notably, the UNHCR emphasizes the fact that refugees and asylum-seekers also have duties and obligations towards the state they enter. It also mentions that the various problems that arise as a consequence of Onward Movement. Furthermore, it also concedes that the States have a right to pursue legal measures against such individuals for violating domestic laws.

Read: Saudi Arabia deporting hundreds of Rohingyas to Bangladesh, UNHRC condemns India for deporting 5

It is important to remember here that India is not a party to the 1951 Convention on Refugees and neither the 1967 Protocol. Therefore, no international convention is binding on India. Even if we take into account the international conventions, the Rohingyas are clearly bypassing a safe haven in the form of Bangladesh to reach India for the purpose of gaining material benefits. Thus, quite clearly, it makes them economic migrants when they enter India and not persecuted minorities.

Furthermore, Rohingyas have been rejected by Thailand along with Malaysia and Indonesia, both of which are Islamic countries. Rohingyas have also massacred Hindus in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Thus, given India’s history with partition, there is no valid reason for accepting a population that poses a security threat to India.

- Support OpIndia -
Support OpIndia by making a monetary contribution

Trending now

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Latest News

Jammu and Kashmir: Jaish-e-Mohammad commander killed in encounter with CRPF

Sajad Nawab Dar, a Commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad, killed in encounter with CRPF in Sopore in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir

Radio Mirchi RJ Sayema defends malevolent Tablighi Jamaat members; claims all TV news about them fake

RJ Sayema brazenly defends the malafide actions of Tablighi Jamaat members claiming that incriminating news about them on TV is all fake

Watch: A heartbeaking video of a three-year-old daughter crying to be with her mother in quarantine, serving as a nurse in Belgavi

Nurse Sugandha had not gone home for 11 days as she is in quarantine for 14 days and her daughter went to bed crying almost every night.

Nizamuddin railway station employee tests positive of coronavirus, 15 health workers including doctors of Railway hospital got infected

15 people including doctors and nurses have been kept in isolation after they came in contact with a Coronavirus positive person

Islamists attack Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after he asks them to stay at home on Shab-e-Baraat

AAP Supremo took to social media to request Muslims to stay at home for Shab-e-Baraat, which is being celebrated on the intervening night of 8th and 9th April.

Delhi police trace Nizamuddin Markaz Chief Maulana Saad, will be interrogated after completion of the quarantine period

Markaz chief Maulana Saad has has put himself under self-quarantine and he will be interrogated after the completion of quarantine period

Recently Popular

After PM CARES collects Rs 6,500 crores in just a week, Sonia Gandhi wants it transferred to PMNRF: Here is the real reason

Sonia Gandhi, the current President of the Congress party has asked the Prime Minister to transfer all the funds received under PM CARES, that was set up to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, to the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF)

Indian Army to take over Narela quarantine facility after Tablighi Jamaat attendees defecate in the corridor

Earlier today, two Tablighi Jamaat returnees created a ruckus and defecated in the corridor of the Narela quarantine facility

Did you know that the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund had the President of Congress party in its managing committee

After PM Modi launched PM CARES Fund, a lot has been discussed about similarities and differences between PM CARES Fund and PMNRF

Tablighi Jamaatis’ piece of sh*t: Attendees defecate in corridor at quarantine centre, FIR registered

After reports of molesting nurses and spitting on hospital staff, two Tablighi Jamaat attendees were reportedly found defecating in the hospital corridor.

Bihar: Elderly woman killed by neighbours after fight over switching off lights on 5 April, Sulaiman, Khalil and others absconding

The families had fought when Surendra Mandal, the deceased woman's son had asked his neighbours to switch off the lights for PM Modi's 9baje9minutes call.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Each morning, get an email to keep updated with all the news, opinions and analysis published by OpIndia.

Connect with us