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A NATION FOR THE PERSECUTED

In his historic address to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893, Swami Vivekananda declared, “I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the Earth.”

Refugee law and India

Refugees include Sri Lankan Tamils, Tibetans from China, Chin minorities from Burma/Myanmar, and Hindus from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

It may be legitimately asked that if in practice India has been hospitable to refugees, why does it need a refugee law which conforms to the Refugee Convention?

Problems with our law

Our law does not distinguish between “foreigners” and “refugees”.

This means that refugees depend on state discretion, indeed “benevolence” rather than inherent rights.

View of ICJ

The international court of justice warned the Myanmar military against any conspiracy to commit genocide, and directed Myanmar authorities to take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population from genocide.

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