Six Rohingya refugees have been arrested by the West Bengal Police and presently detained at Malda District Correctional Home. The arrested Rohingya refugees have been identified as Ms. Asha Begam, Ms. Fatema Begam, Ms. Hamira Begam, Ms. Thaslima Bibi, Mr. Fahiadul Islam and Mr. Md. Hossain.
West Bengal based human rights organisation, Banglar Manab Adhikar Suraksa Mancha (MASUM) sought interventions of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to grant them refugee status. MASUM also sought withdrawal of the cases filed against the refugees including for illegal entry and further demanded that women refugees be kept in a shelter home instead of the Correctional Homes, the term used for the jails in West Bengal.
“They have the right to seek asylum in India from persecution and this right flows from Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Denying them such right is an absolute violation of the principles enshrined under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.” – stated Mr Kirity Roy, Secretary of MASUM, in his complaint to the NHRC.