Deportation delayed for more than 70 Myanmar nationals detained in India 

After the junta turns away the group, local advocates ask the Indian authorities to allow the individuals to stay, or to coordinate their return with the UN, civil society and the National Unity Government

More than 70 Myanmar nationals in India’s northeastern Manipur state remain stranded in detention as a plan to deport them has been postponed, according to sources close to the individuals. 

The Indian government announced it would return the 77 people, most of whom are women and children, from the border town of Moreh to Myanmar between March 8 and 11, noting that they had completed prison sentences in Manipur’s Imphal Central Jail for illegally entering the country. 

Quoting Manipur’s chief minister N. Biren Singh, international wire services initially reported on March 8 that the deportations had already begun. 

“First batch of Myanmar nationals who entered India illegally deported today,” the chief minister said on social media, without specifying the number of people. 

“Although India is not signatory. . .

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