India warned plan to deport Rohingya refugees will only inflame persecution

A plan by the Indian government to deport tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees will increase harassment of the persecuted Muslim minority while proving impossible to implement, activists have warned.

Earlier this month, India’s ministry of home affairs sent a letter to each of the country’s state governments asking them to identify and deport all illegal immigrants, including Rohingya refugees.

The letter said the refugees were a potential security threat and a burden on resources, calling on law enforcement and intelligence agencies to take “prompt steps in identifying the illegal migrants and initiate the deportation processes expeditiously”. Read More