Modi-Led BJP Government Will Target All Muslim Refugees, Says Senior Supreme Court Lawyer Colin Gonsalves

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Modi-Led BJP Government Will Target All Muslim Refugees

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Colin Gonsalves has filed a plea against Indian government decision of deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees. In an interview with National Herald, Gonsalves stated that the current Indian refugee policy is against International law.

Modi-Led BJP Government Will Target All Muslim Refugees
Source: The Irish Times

Rohingya Muslims Are Not Illegal Migrants

Two types of refugees are categorised as illegal migrants. The first one is the Economic refugees that are afforded no protection. Another one is those who flee persecution. They are also called as genuine refugees.

Under Article 21, the Indian Constitution guarantees protection to genuine refugees. Moreover, the state is duty-bound to protect the life of these refugees.

Modi-Led BJP Government Will Target All Muslim Refugees
Source: Time Magazine

Right To Life Of Non-Citizens Under Article 21

Indian law has accepted the right to life of noncitizens under Article 21 (example, Chakma Case between the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The Guwahati High Court, the Delhi High Court, Gujarat High Court and Kerala High Court have all recognized the right.

Therefore when we see the government’s clarification that Rohingya Muslims are illegal migrants, it is not entirely legal in the face of Article 21.

Yes, India hasn’t been a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention of 1951 and the additional protocol of 1967 but it doesn’t matter if the Indian government is a signatory to the Refugee Convention.

Modi-Led BJP Government Will Target All Muslim Refugees
Source: Afghan Zariza

Is Government Targeting Muslims Refugees?

We are definitely headed in that direction.

If not now, Muslim refugees from other countries, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Somalia, will soon start to find themselves at the receiving end of the government’s refugee policy due to their religion.

Disclaimer: The article is completely based on Colin Gonsalves interview with National Herald. It does not reflect the views of Pagal Parrot and also Pagal Parrot does not assume any responsibility or liability.