India rejects United Nations human rights chief's criticism on Rohingya Muslim refugees

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Al Hussein had deplored India's measures to deport the Rohingya refugees, noting that "nearly 40,000 had settled in India and 16,000 of them had received refugee documentation".

Saying that it was "perplexed" at the remarks which showed "inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily" in India, a "vibrant democracy", the statement, delivered by ambassador Rajiv K. Chander, permanent representative of India to United Nations, added that individual incidents were being "extrapolated" to paint a broader societal situation. He accused Al Hussein of being "silent" on Pakistan's sponsorship of terror."The central problem in Jammu & Kashmir is crossborder terrorism, and hence, we are a little surprised that the high commissioner was silent regarding Pakistan that uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy", Kumar had said.

Al Hussein condemned New Delhi's measures to deport Rohingyas, noting that almost 40,000 had settled in India and 16,000 of them had received refugee documentation. Al Hussein had said India "cannot carry out collective expulsions" and return people to a place where they face persecution. "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. "A more informed view would have not only recognised this but also noted, for example, that the Prime Minister himself publicly condemned violence", India said in the statement.

Responding to comments made by the UN Human Rights Commission about cow vigilante attacks and last week's murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, India's representative claimed "individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation". 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", Mr. Hussein said.

Egypt's human rights parliamentary committee, which was critical of the report, has also developed an action plan in response, state media reported on Tuesday.

Raising the issue of violence in the name of cow protection in India, Zeid called it alarming. He says human rights principles are the only way to avoid global war and profound misery and deprivation.



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