UNHR says India can't deport Rohingyas; condemns Gauri Lankesh murder

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India on Tuesday lashed out at the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein for his comment against India on various issues, but especially deportation of Rohingya Muslims and cow vigilantism.

On UN envoy for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comments on the "rise of intolerance", he said that "tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society".

Akbaruddin said that New Delhi was concerned about the matter concerning illegal immigrants, who could be a challenge to its security.

On a tour to Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said the Centre has a tough stand towards illegal migrants but a "sympathetic view" towards those displaced within the country and the minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who have become refugees in this country.

"I want to tell the worldwide organisations whether the Rohingyas are registered under the United Nations Human Rights Commission or not, they are illegal immigrants in India", Rijiju said on September 5, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw on a two-day state visit.

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"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 global law on the matter, together with basic human compassion", he said, noting that 40,000 Rohingyas had settled in India. "Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion", the statement said.

He also wrote that the Indian government's motto of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas" promotes inclusive development and that " individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation".

He was reacting to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's statement that "India can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations". Al Hussein had said India "cannot carry out collective expulsions" and return people to a place where they face persecution.

Commenting upon cow vigilantism in India, Zeid said: "The current wave of violent, and often lethal, mob attacks against people under the pretext of protecting the lives of cows is alarming".

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the murder of Bengaluru-based senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. "India does not condone any actions in violation of law and imputations to the contrary are not justified", Chander said, responding to deaths due to lynching. He also drew attention to the recent killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh. "I have been heartened by the subsequent marches calling for protection of the right to freedom of expression", Zeid said.

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