New Delhi: It has been reported that India will not sign the United Nations Convention on Refugees. Minister of State for External Affairs Muralitharan stated this information in response to a question raised by DMK MP D. Ravikumar in the Lok Sabha.
Villupuram Constituency MP and General Secretary of the Liberation Tigers of India T. Ravikumar raised a question about this, ‘G-20 Bali Conference resolution emphasized that respect for international laws and multilateral system is necessary to establish peace and stable order in the world. What is the Indian government’s position on it? Will India sign UN Convention and Protocol on Refugees? If not, what is the reason? ‘ he had asked.
Responding to these questions, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Muralitharan said, ‘The G-20 Bali Conference Agreement was passed unanimously on the basis of consensus.
India has also signed it. Neither the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees nor the 1967 Protocol took into account the problems caused by large numbers of refugees entering developing countries. So the Government of India has no intention of signing them.’ He said. On this, MP T. Ravikumar told ‘Hindu Tamil Vektik’ website, ‘This response of the Union Minister is a big disappointment to the lakhs of refugees who have taken shelter in India. 140 countries have signed the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees. “Not only has India not signed it, it has not yet passed any law for refugees,” he said. According to an estimate by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there were 204,600 refugees in India in 2011. They include 13,200 from Afghanistan, 16,300 from Myanmar, one lakh from Tibet and 73,000 Sri Lankan Tamils.