SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has sought a report about security of Rohingya Muslim in wake of the threats to the refugees by traders bodies and others to them.
Justice Bilal Nazki, Chairperson J&K State Human Rights Commission, while taking cognizance of the matter, directed the DGP to file a detailed report by or before 30 May.
Referring to various media reports, the petitioner M.M.Shuja, Chairman, Centre for Peace and Profection of Human Rights, said that due to polarized atmosphere, “a reign of terror” has been let loose upon Muslim refugees from Myanmar camping at various places in Jammu division .
“Even the traders body from Jammu publically threatened to kill these refugees in case they are not made to leave the state,” he said, underlining that for protection of refugees and to provide them adequate shelter there are international protocols and conventions to which India is a signatory. “Crossing of the borders from conflict zones to safer places in their neighboring countries is a worldwide phenomena and member countries of the united nation have been facilitating the exit of refugees from conflict zones and accommodating them at safer places. India has all along been generous in accommodating refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and even Tibet in the past and thus discharging international obligations as per protocols,” he said.
Shuja said that while threat to the Rohingya Muslim refugees camping in Jammu may be a temporary one “but no room is required to be left open for miscreants to harass, man handle or even to make an attempt to kill any one of such refugees as the same would add fuel to the fire and make the peaceful atmosphere more charged”.
He said prime responsibility of government and police was to protect the lives and properties of all refugees including Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar “who are presently in a most distress condition so much so their temporary shelter sheds are reportedly said to have been set ablaze in Bhagwati Nagar of Jammu district.”
He has urged the commission to command the government to ensure the protection of life, liberty and property of Rohingya refugees and provide them all necessary facilities as are admissible to them under international norms and conventions.