Delhi violence: UN rights chief expresses ‘great concern’
Feb 27: The UN human rights chief on Thursday voiced “great concern” over
India’s amended citizenship law and reports of “police inaction” in the face of
communal attacks in Delhi, urging political leaders to prevent violence.
the ongoing 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on human rights
developments around the world, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle
Bachelet also spoke about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
said the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) adopted last year by India’s
Parliament was of “great concern”.
in huge numbers, and from all communities, have expressed – in a mostly
peaceful manner – their opposition to the Act, and support for the country’s
long tradition of secularism,” she said.
am concerned by 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 police against peaceful protesters.
has now widened into broader inter-communal attacks, with 34 people killed
since Sunday. I appeal to all political leaders to prevent violence,” said the
former Chilean president.
communal violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi has
claimed 34 lives so far and left over 200 people injured. Frenzied mobs have
torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrolpump and pelted stones at police
of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday that law
enforcement agencies were working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure
restoration of confidence and normalcy.
representatives of the government have been involved in that process. The prime
minister has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that
irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time,” Kumar said.