India hits back at United Nations after criticism

The minister had said no one should try to “demonise” India as a country hostile to refugees as it is not going to “throw” the Rohingya into the “ocean” or “shoot” them but will follow due process of law before their identification and deportation. Mr Chander said, there appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in India.

Rajib Kumar Chander, Indian envoy to the UNHR in Geneva said New Delhi was concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges.

Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHR) has deplored India as it is mulling to deport thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. “We believe achieving human rights goals calls for objective consideration, balanced judgements, and verification of facts”, he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “The massive displacement and victimization of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Burmese security forces are not protecting civilians”, the statement released by the office of the White House press secretary said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar last week was hailed as a success for bilateral ties between the nations, however, it did not affect the plans of India to deport all the Rohingya refugees that have settled in India.

On the other hand, the High Commissioner for human rights said, “India can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations”, while taking cognizance over India’s obligations which come under the global law.

He also referred to the incidences of violence connected with cow vigilantism. “India does not condone any actions in violation of law and imputations to the contrary are not justified”, it said.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was addressing the 36th session of the Human Rights Council.

India also mentioned that it was part of the first set of countries in the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

On cow vigilantism, the United Nations human rights chief had maintained that “the current wave of violent, and often lethal, mob attacks against people under the pretext of protecting the lives of cows is alarming”. Gauri Lankesh, a journalist who tirelessly addressed the corrosive effect of sectarianism and hatred, was assassinated last week.

Though Al Hussein said he was “heartened” by protests against Lankesh’s killing and other lynchings, he noted that rights defenders working for the most vulnerable groups, including people threatened with displacement by infrastructure projects such as the Sardar Sarovar Dam, were being subjected to harassment and criminal proceedings, or denied protection.

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