UN human rights experts condemn Rohingya deportations

2019-04-12
UN human rights experts condemn Rohingya deportations

UN human rights experts condemn the Indian Government’s decision to deport Rohingya to Myanmar.

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Five United Nations human rights experts including Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, condemned a decision of the Indian government to deport Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. They called on Indian authorities to put an end to forced deportations, which are prohibited under international law. The principle of international law known as non-refoulement prohibits States from forcing individuals to return to countries when there are substantial grounds for believing that they would be at risk of persecution, torture, ill-treatment or other serious human rights violations.

The three Rohingyas that were deported had been imprisoned in India since 2013 due to a lack of documentation.

In their statement, the experts noted that: "The deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar speaks to a system of refugee status determination that fails to account for the ongoing, credible reports of ethnic and religious minority persecution in that country. We also remain concerned with the systemic use of indefinite detention of Rohingya in India, which is indicative of the unacceptable conditions of discrimination and intolerance they face in the country where they have sought refuge."

In addition to Fernand de Varennes, the other experts included Ms E. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; Mr. Felipe González Morales, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants; Mr. Seong-Phil Hong, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Ms. Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.