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On Monday, Amnesty India said that the country’s government expulsion of Rohingya asylum-seekers to Myanmar highlights a disrespect for International laws.

On January 4, the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) said that a family of Rohingya asylum-seekers from Rakhine state was sent back to Myanmar after got arrested in Assam, where they had been serving imprisonment since 2013 for entering the country illegally.

Amnesty India has issued a statement, which said that it regrets the decision taken by India to send back the asylum-seekers to Myanmar, where they will face punishment.

A senior campaigner for Amnesty India, Abhirr VP said that “the fact that the government ignored the UNHCR’s requests for access to the family, who were registered as asylum-seekers, is deeply concerning. The government’s actions indicate a blatant disregard for the international refugee protection mechanism and the mandate of the UN Refugee Agency.”

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