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Urgent Appeal on the Situation of Myanmarese Refugees in India

2 February 2024

Urgent Appeal on the Situation of Myanmarese Refugees in India


India has become an increasingly important destination for refugees fleeing Myanmar since the 2021 coup d’état. While the Indian government has condemned the violence, it has simultaneously ordered several frontline states to identify “illegal immigrants” with a view to deporting them. As states expand their detention systems there are increasing reports about mistreatment in custody, paltry detention conditions, and pushbacks along the border.


In an urgent appeal, the GDP and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, in collaboration with civil society partners in India, have called on the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in MyanmarWorking Group on Arbitrary DetentionSubcommittee on the Prevention of TortureSpecial Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, to immediately address this situation and to consider calling on India to:

  • Cease the arbitrary detention of all Myanmar nationals, including children
  • Stop the arbitrary criminalisation of immigration infractions
  • Consider adopting the 1951 Refugee Convention
  • Ensure that all detention sites meet international standards
  • Ensure that vulnerable groups are never placed in detention
  • Ensure that detention time limits are kept to a minimum and never become indefinite
  • Guarantee the right to access detention centres for independent institutions
  • Ensure the eradication of racial profiling and other discriminatory practices in migration control activities


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