×
E-PAPER ▾

E-paper

World

India rejects UN Human Rights chief’s criticism

| | Geneva

India on Tuesday strongly rejected the criticism by the UN Human Rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees, human rights situations in Jammu and Kashmir and observation relating to the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, saying it was ‘perplexed’ at the remarks.

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his comments at the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, had criticised India on the issue of deportation of Rohingyas as well as on religious intolerance and threat to rights activists.

In a strong reaction, India said it was surprised that individual incidents are being ‘extrapolated’ to suggest a broader societal situation.

“We are perplexed at some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update. There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions,” Ambassador Rajiv K Chander said.

Chander, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Geneva, made the statement in response to Hussein’s comments.

Rejecting the observations by Hussein, Chander said, “Tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society.”

Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges, he said, adding that enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion.

Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.

India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, on September 5 had said Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and stand to be deported.

“It is also surprising that individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation. India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights,” Chander said.

He said a more informed view would have not only recognised this aspect but also noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself publicly condemned violence in the name of cow protection. 

 
 
 
 
 

TOP STORIES

Sunday Edition

View All

Court proceedings end in a lighter vein

20 May 2018 | PNS

New Delhi: “Now, let us enjoy our holidays,” this is how the Supreme Court concluded the hearing on the Karnataka power row on Saturday. The courtroom burst into a bout of laughter as Justice AK Sikri, who headed the three-judge Bench, made the jovial remark ...

Read More

STATE EDITIONS

View All

Pb Co-op Dept recovers `6.5 cr from big time defaulters

24 May 2018 | PNS | Gidderbaha (Sri Muktsar Sahib)

Punjab’s Cooperation Department has, so far, recovered Rs 6.5 crore from the big-time defaulters...

Read More

Page generated in 0.2418 seconds.