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Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHR) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein while addressing the 36th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday deplored India as it is mulling to deport thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return Rohingyas to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations.
“By virtue of customary law, its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the obligations of due process and the universal principle of non-refoulement, India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations,” Zeid said.
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called the treatment meted out to Rohingyas in Myanmar a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also condemned the murder of Bengaluru-based senior journalist Gauri Lankesh.
“People who speak out for fundamental human rights are also threatened. 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,” Zeid said.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by three unidentified assailants September 5. Through his weekly magazine Lankesh Patrike, Gauri often criticised Right Wing Hindutva forces.
Raising the issue of violence in the name of cow protection in India, Zeid called it alarming.
“I am also dismayed by a broader rise of intolerance towards religious and other minorities in India. 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 said.