- India can't return people to a place where they risk torture: UN
- Centre plans to deport Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar
- 40,000 Rohingyas settled in India, 16,000 received refugee documentation
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has said in a statement that he "deplored current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country".
Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, he said.
"The Minister of State for Home Affairs has reportedly said that because India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention the country can dispense with international law on the matter, together with basic human compassion," Mr Hussein said.
The minority Rohingya Muslim community has long been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship.
Attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked harsh military reprisals and an exodus.
Many have walked for days and the UN says many are sick, exhausted and in desperate need of shelter, food and water.