Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today slammed attempts to brand India as a villain on the Rohingya refugee issue, saying it was a calibrated design to tarnish the countrys image.The Union ministers comments came two days after United Nations human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein flayed any attempts by India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar. India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights. He said nobody should preach New Delhi on the matter as India absorbed the maximum number of refugees in the world.
"India can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations", Mr. Hussein had said, referring to the principle of non-refoulement, after calling the Myanmar government's policies against the refugees as a "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". It is a matter of regret that the central role of terrorism is once again being overlooked.
The UN human rights chief added, "However, 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 can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations".
Earlier, the UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein hit out at the Narendra Modi-government and criticized its attempts to deport the Rohingyas seeking refuge in India.
India now has about 40,000 Rohingyas who have escaped in recent years from the rising violence against them in Myanmar and entered the country through the North East border.
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In a statement issued in Lucknow on Wednesday, Mayawati said that the Centre should not force state governments to adopt a stern stand towards Rohingya refugees.
Meanwhile, he also spoke about India's mob lynching cases in the name of cow protection and expressed his concerns over the recently held incidents.
Al Hussein also criticised India and Pakistan for not cooperating with his office to assess the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC).
Her comments come in the backdrop of Intel officials reportedly probing the link of one Rohingyan immigrant in Jammu, who allegedly functioned as the "terror guide" for the eight JeM terrorists who infiltrated into Pulwama to carry out an attack on the district police lines. "India can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations".
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