Rohingyas Illegal Immigrants, Not Refugees: Rajnath Singh

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Rohingyas are widely reviled in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are considered illegal "Bengali" immigrants brought in from modern-day Bangladesh during British colonial rule.

A final decision on the fate of Rohingya refugees in India will be taken by the Supreme Court, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

Even as he refused to comment on the Indian government's decision to deport Rohingyas back to Myanmar, Mr. Alam said that they had received "assurances" from India regarding support on the Rohingya issue.

A Facebook spokeswoman told AFP late Wednesday it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which remains active on Twitter.

The government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, stay in India.

Their presence in the country will pose a "serious" national security threat, the Centre had said, adding that the fundamental right to settle in any part of the country was available only to citizens and not the Rohingyas. According to the commission, its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter from the human rights angle.

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The child rights commission has said that Rohingyas are being "systematically tortured and killed" and the entire community can not be branded terrorists. Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said in a speech hours earlier that the country would take back verifiedrefugees.

The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it meant to allow non-graphic content to remain online.

There were an estimated 1.1 million Rohingyas in Rakhine state before the current crisis, though almost half have fled into Bangladesh where they are cramped into ill-equipped camps.

On September 14, India sent 53 tonnes of relief material to Bangladesh for Rohingyas, who poured into that country following the violence in Myanmar.

Myanmar has denied rights groups' accusations that it is trying to drive the minority community out of Rakhine state, saying it is only targeting militants.

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