UN rights chief slams India, foreign ministry hits back

Ghughuti Bulletin


UN human rights chief on Thursday voiced “great concern” over India’s amended citizenship law and reports of “police inaction” in the face of communal attacks in Delhi. Updating the ongoing 43rd Session of the
Human Rights Council in Geneva on human rights developments around the world, UN high commissioner for human rights
Michelle Bachelet also spoke about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Indians in huge numbers, and from all communities, have expressed — in a mostly peaceful manner — their opposition to the Act, and support for the country’s long tradition of secularism,” she said. “I am concerned by reports of police inaction in the face of attacks against Muslims by other groups…,” said the former Chilean president.

Replying to that, an Indian representative said, “We encourage the council to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and protected daily in a vibrant democracy like India before coming to any conclusions.”

The MEA’s spokesperson,
Raveesh Kumar, said that law enforcement agencies were working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure restoration of confidence and normalcy.

“The PM has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time,” Kumar said.

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