Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

UNHCR expresses its serious concern about the repatriation of Myanmar citizens from India

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 ottobre 2018

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) expresses serious concern over the security of seven citizens of Myanmar following their repatriation from India this Thursday. According to the information received from the UNHCR, prior to the execution of the repatriation the seven were transferred to the State of Manipur, on the border with Myanmar, from the central prison of Silchar, in the State of Assam, where they had been detained since 2012. Became aware of the detention and provisions relating to repatriation, and on the basis of reliable reports according to which the seven men belong to the Rohingya minority, UNHCR asked the Indian authorities to grant access to the group in order to assess their needs for international protection. UNHCR regrets that it did not respond to this request and therefore could not guarantee access to a lawyer for state legal services. UNHCR continues to seek clarification from the authorities on the circumstances in which these persons were repatriated Myanmar. The United Nations Refugee Agency is concerned about the lack of access to legal advice and asylum procedures for the assessment of their application for international protection in India. Thousands of Rohingya people have fled Myanmar in recent decades. In the most recent crisis, since August 25, 2017, more than 720,000 Rohingya refugees have been accommodated in Bangladesh. The current conditions in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar do not allow a safe, dignified and sustainable return to the Rohingya stateless refugees.
Approximately 18,000 Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers registered with UNHCR in India are located in different parts of the country. UNHCR issues an identity card to registered refugees and a document to asylum seekers, thus helping to prevent arbitrary arrest, detention and deportation. UNHCR collaborates with state legal services authorities and a network of partners to provide legal assistance to those detained in India who fall under the Agency’s mandate.

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