GENEVA: UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday raised concerns over the failure of Indian authorities to stop attacks against Muslims in the country.
The UN’s top human rights official was giving an update at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva. She said the Citizenship Amendment Act passed by India was “of great concern.”
“Indians 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.
“I 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,” said Bachelet.
“This has now widened into broader inter-communal attacks, with 34 people killed since Sunday. I appeal to all political leaders to prevent violence.”
“In Jammu & #Kashmir as many as 800 people reportedly remain in detention. Schools, businesses & livelihoods have been disrupted by the heavy military presence; no steps have been taken to address allegations of excessive use of force by security forces,” – @mbachelet #HRC43 pic.twitter.com/qGsCJlST3l
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