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CAA lacks objectivity, not in sync with international covenants: High Commissioner

CAA lacks objectivity, not in sync with international covenants: High Commissioner

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 March 2020 7:28 AM GMT

New Delhi: The UN Human Rights Council has moved an intervention application in the Supreme Court criticizing the CAA, as it puts Muslim migrants at risk and also has issues of reasonableness and objectivity, which may not be in sync with India’s commitment to international covenants. The application was filed by Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (the High Commissioner). The High Commissioner has sought to intervene as amicus curiae (third-party) in the case, citing her mandate to protect and promote all human rights and to conduct necessary advocacy established pursuant to the UN General Assembly resolution. “While reducing the risk of refoulement for certain communities, the CAA unequally places other communities at such risk. The narrow scope of the CAA, which extends protection from return only on religious grounds and limited to the specific ethnoreligious groups, may not be sufficiently objective and reasonable in light of the broad prohibition of refoulement under international human rights law,” said the High Commissioner in the application. (IANS)

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