India’s transfer to deport 14-year-old girl to coup-hit Myanmar whereas her household lived in a refugee camp in Bangladesh attracts criticism.
Myanmar has refused to accept a 14-year-old Rohingya girl deported by India, an Indian media report mentioned, because the United Nations refugee company and rights teams criticised New Delhi for the transfer.
The girl was taken to a border city in northeastern India’s Manipur state on Thursday for deportation, police officers mentioned, however the authorities in coup-hit Myanmar refused to accept her.
“The immigration department of the neighbouring country refused to open the gate of the international border saying that the situation is not appropriate for any deportation currently,” mentioned a report within the Hindustan Times newspaper late on Thursday.
The report added that the girl shall be despatched again to the neighbouring state of Assam, the place she had been sheltering for greater than a yr whereas her household lived as refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.
Tens of 1000’s of Rohingya, pressured to flee Myanmar following a navy crackdown the UN mentioned was carried out with “genocidal intent”, have lived in India and neighbouring Bangladesh for years.
But Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities regards them as a safety menace and has began detaining them.
Police had taken the girl to a border crossing in Manipur to full paperwork to ship her again to Myanmar.
Assam police official BL Meena instructed Reuters news company that the girl’s deportation was “previously scheduled”.
Diba Roy, founding father of non-profit organisation Nivedita Nari Sangshta in Assam’s Silchar city, who had cared for the girl, mentioned native authorities had been knowledgeable that she didn’t have household in Myanmar.
“But she was sent to Myanmar,” Roy mentioned, including that she had acquired directions from federal authorities to hand over the girl to native police this week. “We have only obeyed the order.”
India’s international and residential ministries didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
The UN refugee company, UNHCR, had opposed the deportation.
“The situation in Myanmar is not yet conducive for voluntary return in a safe, secure and sustainable manner, and returning the child to Myanmar may place her at immediate risk of serious harm,” a UNHCR spokesperson mentioned.
Police in India’s northern area of Jammu and Kashmir final month detained greater than 160 Rohingya refugees and began a course of to deport them again to Myanmar.
India isn’t a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention and rejects a UN place that deporting the Rohingya violates the precept of refoulement – sending refugees again to a spot the place they face hazard.