India’s Supreme Court Rejects Plea to Stop Government from Deporting Rohingya Refugees

India’s Supreme Court has rejected a plea to block the government from deporting more than 150 Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar on Thursday, amidst the deadly crackdown of the military coup.

The apex court led by Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde rejected the petition filed by two refugees to release and halt the deportation of Rohingya refugees detained in Jammu and Kashmir last month. 

“It is not possible to grant the interim relief prayed for,” the judge said in the ruling. 

The bench added, “Regarding the contention raised on behalf of the petitioners about the present state of affairs in Myanmar, we have to state that we cannot comment upon something happening in another country.”

India is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention as it also did not adhere to the principle of non-refoulement which stops refugees from returning to a home country where they may be persecuted or in danger.

The court said that the members of the Rohingya minority will not be deported unless proper procedure is followed. 

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