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UN Human Rights Chief lashes out at India against its move to deport Rohingya Muslim refugees
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has come out in full support for the Rohingya Muslim refugees describing the situation of Myanmar's minority community as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

The UNHRC Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein recently criticised India's move to deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees who are currently living illegally in various parts of the country.

While addressing the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Zeid said, "I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country."

During his speech, the UNHRC President specifically mentioned a statement delivered by the Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, who had earlier termed Rohingya Muslims as "illegal immigrants" asserting that "they stand to be deported."

"As per law, they stand to be deported because they are illegal immigrants. We are a nation with great democratic tradition. India has absorbed maximum number of refugees in the world so nobody should give India any lessons on how to deal with refugees." Rijiju said while talking with media reporters.

On the other hand, the High Commissioner for human rights said, "India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations," while taking cognizance over India's obligations which come under the international law. 

Meanwhile, he also spoke about India's mob lynching cases in the name of cow protection and expressed his concerns over the recently held incidents.

He said, "I am also dismayed by a broader rise of intolerance towards religious and other minorities in India. The current wave of violent, and often lethal, mob attacks against people under the pretext of protecting the lives of cows is alarming."

Zeid also spoke about the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh and further alleged that those who speak out for the fundamental human rights are being threatened in the India.

"Gauri Lankesh, a journalist who tirelessly addressed the corrosive effect of sectarianism and hatred, was assassinated last week. I have been heartened by the subsequent marches calling for protection of the right to freedom of expression, and by demonstrations in 12 cities to protest the lynchings," he said.

The Rohingyas are the world's largest stateless ethnic group who are Muslim by religion, and have not been recognised as citizens by the Myanmar government.

The minority community has faced multiple restrictions, including on their movement, access to the economy, education, health and other rights, which keep them in poverty.

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