As UN Slams India For Deporting Five, Saudi Arabia To Send Back Hundreds Of Rohingyas To Bangladesh

Representative image: Rohingya Muslim refugees crowd as they wait to proceed to camps (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

On Sunday (6 January), Saudi Arabia is all prepared to send Rohingya immigrants out of their territory. Rohingyas, who have spent about five to six years in Saudi detention, were being lined up for deportations at the Shumaisi detention centre in Jeddah, India Today has reported.

According to the report, in a video footage received by a London-based news outlet, a detainee could be heard saying that he has been in Saudi Arabia for the past six years and is now being sent to Bangladesh, where he, like other Rohingyas, will become refugee.

"I've been here for the last five to six years, now they are sending me to Bangladesh. Please pray for me," he said.


After reported attempt to resist their deportation to Bangladesh, some of them were also put in handcuffs, according to voice notes sent to the outlet.

"They came to our cells in the middle of the night, telling us to pack our bags, and get ready for Bangladesh. They put handcuffs on me and now making us wait." said another voice note.

As per the report, many Rohingya locked up in the Shumaisi detention centre reportedly went to Saudi Arabia on Bangladeshi passports that were obtained using fake documents. Some of them reportedly also used passports from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Nepal to enter Saudi Arabia.

India, on 3 January, deported a family of five Rohingyas who were lodged at an Assam prison. One more Rohingya migrant, from Rakhine state of Myanmar, kept at Ambala jail in Haryana was also sent back on 2 January.

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