UN calls on India to stop discrimination, hatred against Rohingya

She called United Nations Committee To eliminate racial discrimination, India to stop discrimination, hatred and arbitrary detention against minorityRohingya“Those who fled from Myanmar to India, and refrain from forcibly deporting them and returning them to their country.

According to the United Nations Information Centre, the Committee expressed its concern about the spread of hate speech. And racism and harmful stereotypes against the Rohingya, including by politicians and public figures.

The Committee urged India to condemn these acts, ensure that they are investigated and the perpetrators are appropriately punished, in compliance with India’s international obligations arising from the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The Committee expressed concern at reports of mass arbitrary detention of Rohingya, including children, in inadequate conditions, in some cases without due process or access to legal representation, and at cases of forced deportation and return to Myanmar between 2018 and 2022, as well as the continuing risk of deportation of the remaining Rohingya in India, in violation of the principle of non-refoulement.

India was urged to end the arbitrary mass detention of Rohingya, to use immigration detention only as a measure of last resort – for the shortest possible period – and to provide detained Rohingya with legal safeguards and legal counsel.

The Committee called on India to ensure that adequate living conditions in places of detention are provided in accordance with international standards, and to end racial discrimination against the Rohingya and remove restrictions that prevent them from enjoying their rights without discrimination, in particular with regard to access to work, health and education, by ensuring the issuance of long-term visas and other identity documents.

The Committee also called on India to continue to cooperate with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, including by facilitating a visit to India, stressing that its position is based on the early warning and urgent action procedure, which primarily aims to consider situations that may escalate into conflicts, in order to take appropriate preventive measures to avoid large-scale violations of human rights under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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