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India’s expulsion of Rohingya shows disdain for international laws: Amnesty India

New Delhi: Amnesty India said that the Indian government’s expulsion of Rohingya asylum-seekers to Myanmar shows a disdain for international laws.

On January 4, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said a family of Rohingya asylum-seekers from Rakhine state, registered with the UNHCR in India, was sent back to Myanmar after being detained in Assam, where they had been serving a prison term since 2013 for illegal entry into India.

Amnesty India issued a statement saying it regretted India’s decision to repatriate the asylum-seekers to Myanmar, where conditions are not conducive for their return.

“The fact that the government ignored the UNHCR’s requests for access to the family, who were registered as asylum-seekers, is deeply concerning. The government’s actions indicate a blatant disregard for the international refugee protection mechanism and the mandate of the UN Refugee Agency,” Abhirr V P, senior campaigner, Amnesty India, said.

The office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said it was probing the case of an 18-year-old Saudi woman detained at the Bangkok airport amid claims that she was being forced to return to her family after fleeing from them to avoid a forced marriage.

Pakistan Monday summoned India’s deputy high commissioner J P Singh and condemned the “unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian forces” across the Line of Control which resulted in the death of a civilian.