Rijiju hits at critics of India's handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees

Cesar Mills
September 14, 2017

"The problem with Rohingya is that it has a serious security dimensions and this country can not overlook the manner in which a large number of illegal immigrants have already been residing here and posing a challenge to the security", he said. Hussein was speaking at the beginning of the 36th session of the Council in Geneva on September 11.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hit out at those criticising the government's decision to deport Rohingyas staying illegally in the country, and said it is a "calibrated design" to "tarnish" India's image.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju had reportedly said that because India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention it "can dispense with global law on the matter, together with basic human compassion".

China, like India, is focussed on the attacks and the Myanmar government's response to safeguard the country against "extremist forces". On Mr Al-Hussein's observations on human rights in J&K, New Delhi said that it "is a matter of regret that the central role of terrorism is once again being overlooked".

The UN human rights chief also condemned the recent surge of incidents of cow vigilantism in the country, as well as the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru last week.

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While addressing the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Zeid said, "I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country". "Tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society", he added.

The situation has come in global focus due to the sheer number of human lives involved. "Assessments of human rights should not be a matter of political convenience", Chander said.

"India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights", he said. "We believe achieving human rights goals calls for objective consideration, balanced judgements, and verification of facts", Chander said.

Asked if India was hopeful of bringing back former Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charge of espionage, he said some matters were being handled "very delicately and there is no point in putting out anything till things solidify".

Al Hussein also expressed dismay at the "broader rise of intolerance towards religious and other minorities in India", and alleged that those "who spoke out for fundamental human rights faced threats".

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