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Develop a “better understanding” before reaching conclusions: India to the UN human rights body | India News


GENEVA: India on Thursday “encouraged” the UN human rights body to develop a “better understanding and appreciation” of the freedoms and rights guaranteed and protected in a vibrant democracy like India before reaching conclusions on issues such as the law on amended citizenship and the Kashmir problem.

India’s strong statement came after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed “great concern” on Thursday for amended Indian citizenship law and reports of “police inaction” against communal attacks in Delhi, urging political leaders to prevent violence.

Updating the 43rd current Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the development of human rights worldwide, Bachelet also spoke about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Develop a "better understanding" before reaching conclusions: India to the UN human rights body | India News

Delhi violence: India criticizes deceptive and irresponsible comments from international organizations

India on Thursday criticized the “inaccurate, misleading and irresponsible” statements made by some foreign agencies and individuals about the violence in Delhi that has claimed at least 34 lives. In response to comments made by the ICO, the MEA said: “There is an effort on the ground to restore normalcy. We urge these agencies not to issue irresponsible statements.”

A representative of India, who read the National Declaration of India, said that the country’s commitment to the global discourse on human rights has always favored an inclusive and constructive approach based on dialogue, consultation and cooperation.

“We encourage OHCHR to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the freedoms and rights guaranteed and protected daily in a vibrant democracy like India before reaching conclusions.

“We would continue to work constructively with the Council and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world,” the statement said.

Develop a "better understanding" before reaching conclusions: India to the UN human rights body | India News

Pakistan ‘pernicious cradle of terrorism’: India at the HRC

In describing Pakistan as the “pernicious cradle of terrorism,” India criticized the neighboring country on Thursday for expressing concern about human rights in Jammu and Kashmir and said that before preaching to others, it must remember that terrorism is the worst way of abuse of rights.

Referring to Bachelet’s statement about violence in Delhi, the statement noted that peaceful protests and demonstrations are part of the democratic traditions of India.

“However, at the same time, violence does not take place in the democratic spirit of India. We have taken all measures and restored peace and normalcy in the affected areas in Delhi,” the statement said.

He also noted that India is committed to reducing statelessness and has recently enacted legislative measures to address the historical complaints of a group of persecuted people to ensure that they enjoy all rights as citizens of India and are not pushed into statelessness.

Earlier, Bachelet said the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) adopted last year by the Indian Parliament was of “great concern.”

“Indians in large numbers, and of all communities, have expressed, in a mostly peaceful manner, their opposition to the Law and their support for the country’s long tradition of secularism,” he said.

“I am concerned about reports of police inaction in the face of attacks against Muslims by other groups, as well as previous reports of excessive use of force by the police against peaceful protesters.”

“This has now been extended to broader inter-communal attacks … I call on all political leaders to prevent violence,” said the former Chilean president.

Community violence by the amended citizenship law in northeastern Delhi has claimed 38 lives and left more than 200 injured. Frantic crowds have burned houses, shops, vehicles, a gasoline pump and stones thrown at police personnel.

On the issue of Kashmir, the statement informed the Council that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was rapidly returning to normal despite serious provocations and attempts by a country to derail this process through its active support of terrorist groups and related entities

“The security forces have exercised maximum moderation and a single live bullet has not been fired and civil life has not been lost in the police action.

The democratic institutions of India are strong enough to respond to these external challenges while protecting and respecting the human rights of all, “the statement said.

Hitting in Pakistan, the statement said: “Our advice to our neighbor would be to give up such actions and devote more attention to the well-being of their own citizens, particularly persecuted religious minorities, who are suffering due to the lack of unbridled government in this failed state “.

The statement also noted that India recently celebrated 70 years of adopting its Constitution, one of the longest written documents, which has stood the test of time.

“It establishes broad collective and individual fundamental rights and freedoms for the people of India. This human rights-based approach that has been enshrined in the Constitution of India has been the moral guide of the government,” he added.

Times of India