Indian authorities halted the deportation of a 16-year-old Rohingya Muslim lady to Myanmar on the final minute on Friday, saying they’d not been capable of contact officers caught up within the coup over the border.

Indian authorities, who say the lady is an unlawful immigrant, had taken her to a northeastern border city and began processing her papers on Thursday, police stated, at the same time as rights teams pressed New Delhi to halt the method.

But they determined to not go forward with the deportation on Friday, Mayanglambam Rajkumar, a authorities official within the Indian border district of Tengnoupal, advised Reuters. He didn’t say whether or not the switch had been postponed or cancelled.

“We had contacted our counterparts in Myanmar, but so far we have not received any response,” he stated, blaming the breakdown in communications on the aftermath of Myanmar’s coup.

Tens of hundreds of Rohingya, who’re largely denied citizenship of their house nation Myanmar, have lived in India for years however Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities regards them as a safety risk and has been detaining them.

The lady and her household have been among the many a whole bunch of hundreds of Rohingya who fled a Myanmar military-led crackdown in 2017 that UN investigators stated was carried out with “genocidal intent” – costs Myanmar denies.

The lady’s father Mohammed Zaber, who lives in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, advised Reuters by telephone she had left Bangladesh in 2019 and had deliberate to hunt a greater life in Malaysia earlier than she was detained en route in India.

“I appeal to the Indian government to send my daughter to me in Bangladesh,” Zaber advised Reuters by telephone.

Indian police official B.L. Meena stated the lady would now in all probability return to the non-profit group that had been taking care of her within the border state of Assam.

An Indian overseas ministry spokesperson stated he had no touch upon the case, and a house ministry spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The UN refugee company, UNHCR, opposed the deportation, saying on Thursday: “The situation in Myanmar is not yet conducive for voluntary return in a safe, secure, and sustainable manner.”

India is just not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention and rejects a U.N. place that deporting the Rohingya violates the precept of refoulement – sending refugees again to a spot the place they face hazard.


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