UN Body Expresses Dismay Over India’s Move to Deport Rohingyas, Intolerance, Gauri Lankesh Murder.
New Delhi: The United Nations Human Rights Commission has come down heavily on India
among other countries over alleged human rights violations in the country. Updating the Human Rights
Council on human rights issues in 40 countries, High Commissioner of UNHRC Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein spoke
about various issues in India including the country’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims, intolerance, the
Gauri Lankesh murder and more.
On the issue of Rohingya Muslims, the UNHRC High Commissioner said, “I deplore 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. 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
Al Hussein has said that India cannot send the Rohingya Muslims back to a place where they were facing
atrocities. “By virtue of customary law, its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, the obligations of due process and the universal principle of non-refoulement, India
cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other
serious violations,” he says.
Pointing out intolerance, mob attacks, cow vigilantism in India, the UNHRC speaks about Gauri Lankesh’s
murder. “I am also dismayed by a broader rise of intolerance towards religious and other minorities in
India. The current wave of violent, and often lethal, mob attacks against people under the pretext of
protecting the lives of cows is alarming. People who speak out for fundamental human rights are also
threatened. Gauri Lankesh, a journalist who tirelessly addressed the corrosive effect of sectarianism
and hatred, was assassinated last week. I have been heartened by the subsequent marches calling for
protection of the right to freedom of expression, and by demonstrations in 12 cities to protest the
lynchings,” says Al Hussein.
The UNHRC High Commissioner also brings to notice the plight of those fighting for the save Narmada
campaign. He also talks about the Kashmir issue. Here is the complete document.