Rohingya crisis: Deplore India’s current measures to deport refugees, says UN rights body chief

The top UN human rights official on Monday denounced Myanmar’s “brutal security operation” against Muslim Rohingyas in Rakhine state, saying it was disproportionate to insurgent attacks carried out last month. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, also crticised India for seeking to deport Rohingyas who have taken shelter in India.

“I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country,” Zeid said, noting that some 40,000 Rohingyas had settled in India, including 16,000 who have received refugee documentation.  Noting India’s obligations under international law, he said: “India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations.”

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