Geneva, Oct 7 (IENews) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) failed in its attempt to stop the deportation of the seven Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar staying illegally in India.
The UNHRC Spokesperson Andrej Mahecic speaking from the UN Geneva Office, revealed, “On learning of their detention and the planned return, and based on credible reports that the seven men are Rohingya, UNHCR requested the Indian authorities to grant access to this group, to assess their need for international refugee protection.”
The UN agency did not receive a response to its request from the Indian authorities and was unable to secure access for a lawyer from a state legal service, Mahecic further revealed.
An estimated number of 18,000 Rohingya refugees, living in different locations across the country, have registered with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in India.
“We continue to seek clarification from the Indian authorities on the circumstances under which these individuals were returned to Myanmar. We have over 18,000 Rohingya refugees who have registered with UNHRC office in India,” Mahecic asserted.
UNHCR issues identity cards to the registered refugees and documents to asylum-seekers, which helps them prevent arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation.
It works with the state legal services, authorities and a network of partners to provide legal support to persons of concern in detention in India.
The deportation of Rohingya refugees took place as the UN Secretary General Antonio Guteress was visiting India last week.