The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not only attracting criticism to the government within the country but from outside as well. Adding a step to that was a move by the UN High Commission for Human Rights (UNHRC).
UNHRC’s High Commissioner has filed an application seeking intervention by India’s Supreme Court against CAA. India has in response said the UNHRC that CAA is its internal matter. Foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar briefed the media on the matter Tuesday.
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Raveesh Kumar, MEA: We are clear that CAA is constitutionally valid&complies with all requirements of our constitutional values. It is reflective of our long-standing national commitment in respect of human rights issues arising from the tragedy of the Partition of India. (3/4)— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2020
“Our Permanent Mission in Geneva was informed yesterday (Monday) evening by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that her Office had filed an Intervention Application in the Supreme Court of India in respect to the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)”, said Kumar.
Raveesh Kumar, MEA: India is a democratic country governed by the rule of law. We all have utmost respect for and full trust in our independent judiciary. We are confident that our sound and legally sustainable position would be vindicated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.(4/4) https://t.co/JhQNZsq8hY— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2020
Kumar said that India is clear that CAA is constitutionally valid and complies with all requirements of our constitutional values. ” It is reflective of our long-standing national commitment in respect of human rights issues arising from the tragedy of the Partition of India”, he added.
The UNHRC has earlier issued a statement saying that CAA is “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”. Meanwhile, the European Parliament is also set to debate a resolution that criticizes the CAA. All this comes at a time when PM Modi is set to visit Brussels for India-European Union Summit later this month.
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For now, the Supreme Court would first have to decide whether the UNHCR has the right to petition the court on this matter.