A fresh petition was today filed in the Supreme Court challenging the deportation of Rohingya children and seeking basic amenities for these refugees in the country.
A fresh petition was today filed in the Supreme Court challenging the deportation of Rohingya children and seeking basic amenities for these refugees in the country. The plea, filed by Democratic Youth Federation of India, the youth wing of the CPI(M), said that the deportation of these children would be in violation of the provisions of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Referring to the provisions of the convention, the petition said it mandates protection of children, including from the minority community, the disabled and the refugees.
“Union of India is bound to treat all children, including those who do not belong to the Indian nationality, with all rights guaranteed under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989. Being signatory to the Convention, the State is bound to protect the children against all forms of discrimination,” the plea said. It also contended that since the government has given refuge to several other refugees, there was no rationale behind the discrimination against the Rohingyas.
The plea also sought better facilities for the refugees in the shelter camps. The apex court today posted for hearing a batch pleas for and against the Rohingyas on October 13.