Newspatrolling: Even as the Rohingya migrant crisis is being termed as an example of ‘ethnic cleansing’ and the international community is increasingly building consensus to help the migrants, experts said that the United Nations could not stop India from deporting Rohingya migrants living in India. It may be recalled that earlier, the central government had clearly indicated that it intends to deport the Rohingya migrants living in India. However, with the Rohingya crisis currently underway due to military action against Rohingya militants in Myanmar, the situation has changed dramatically. The government will have to be careful now since the spotlight is on Rohingya migrants and a decision to deport them may create negative impressions about India.
India may have to postpone its decision to deport Rohingya migrants living in India, but technically, the United Nations cannot stop India from deporting the Rohingya migrants. Experts said that these people have entered the country illegally and it is the right of every country to deport people that do not belong to its land. As of now, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in India. These illegal migrants have settled in various states such as Jammu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Hyderabad, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. India considers these people as a security threat, which is why the United Nations cannot stop India from deporting them. Further, India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention of the UN or its 1967 Protocol. India has also not ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture although it became a signatory to the convention in October 1997.
Due to these factors, the United Nations, technically, could not stop India from deporting Rohingya migrants.