Special Commentary

The Legal and Policy Complexities of India's October Rohingya Deportation

05 Nov, 2018    ·   5525

Angshuman Choudhury considers the government's deportation policy in light of ground realities and domestic and international legal commitments

Angshuman Choudhury
Angshuman Choudhury
Senior Researcher, and Coordinator, Southeast Asia Research Programme (SEARP)

On 4 October, the Indian government deported seven Rohingya men, who had been in detention in Assam since 2012, to Myanmar. A press release issued by India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) flagged this as "repatriation" of seven "Myanmar nationals" done "in accordance with established procedures and previous precedent."

 Although the move was challenged through a plea before the Supreme Court, a senior bench led by the chief justice refused to intervene in the matter on the grounds that Myanmar had accepted them as "citizens," as claimed by the Indian government