Indian coast guard rescues 81 Rohingya on drifting boat, 8 dead, one missing

India’s coast guard discovered 81 survivors and eight lifeless on a ship full of Rohingya refugees adrift within the Andaman Sea, an Indian international ministry official mentioned on Friday, including the survivors wouldn’t be allowed to enter Indian territory.

One other refugee was missing, Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava mentioned on Thursday, giving information of the rescue.

The United Nations refugee company had raised the alarm earlier this week over the missing boat, which had set off on February 11 from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, the place refugee camps have been established for a whole lot of hundreds of Rohingya who fled neighbouring Myanmar.

After 4 days at sea the boat’s engine failed, and people on board had run out of meals and water, Srivastava mentioned. Many have been unwell and affected by excessive dehydration by the point they have been rescued.

Two Indian coast guard ships have been despatched to assist the refugees, 23 of whom have been kids, and the Indian authorities is in discussions with Bangladesh to make sure their protected return, he mentioned.

India will not be a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Conference, which spells out refugee rights and state tasks to guard them. It doesn’t have a home legislation to guard the greater than 200,000 refugees it presently hosts, together with some Rohingya from Myanmar.

Lots of of hundreds of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after a lethal crackdown by safety forces in Myanmar in 2017.

“Bangladesh is respectful of its worldwide obligations beneath the UNCLOS (The United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea),” Bangladesh’s international ministry mentioned in an announcement.

On earlier events when different littoral international locations of the area repeatedly denied entry to the Rohingyas adrift on the ocean, it was the Bangladesh that got here to the rescue, the ministry added.

The assertion mentioned the boat had been traced roughly 1,700 kms away from Bangladesh and 147 kms from India.

“Different states, notably these on whose territorial water the vessel has been discovered, bear the first duty and they need to fulfil their obligation beneath worldwide legislation and burden-sharing precept,” the ministry mentioned.

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