Indian Police Detain Dozens of Rohingya Refugees Encamped Outside UN Refugee Agency Office

Police in India have detained at least 88 Rohingya refugees camping outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in capital New Delhi.

This, following the detention of more than 160 Rohingya refugees in Jammu and Kashmir this week as the Indian government plans to deport them, amidst unrest in Myanmar following the coup.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged India to stop the deportations, where around 40,000 Rohingya refugees live.

“The Indian government should halt any plans to deport ethnic Rohingya and others to Myanmar, where they would be at risk from its oppressive military junta,” the rights group said in a statement on Wednesday.

HRW South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly said, “Myanmar’s long-abusive military is even more lawless now that it is back in power, and the Indian government should uphold its international law obligations and protect those in need of refuge within its borders.”

In 2017, more than 700,000 refugees of the ethnic minority fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state, following the deadly crackdown of the military.

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