On Wednesday, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir slammed the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council statement that questioned India's policy toward Rohingya Muslims.
"We don't need lectures from any country"
On Tuesday, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Rajiv K. Chander responded to the oral update made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The High Commissioner questioned India's policy of deporting Rohingya Muslims amidst the widespread violence towards this minority as "some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation". In addition, to expressing contempt over its policy toward Rohingya Muslims, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also brought to light the issue of cow vigilantism, mob lynching and senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder. List of contentions presented by the United Nations versus India's response:
United Nations: "India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations."
India: According to the statement, India is merely protecting its national security. "Like Many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges"
The UN human rights chief said on Monday said violence and injustice faced by the ethnic Rohingya minority in Myanmar, where UN rights investigators have been barred from entry, seems like a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." The Rohingyas have claimed that the military and Rakhine Buddhists have responded with a brutal campaign against them. However, Myanmar rejected this claim saying its military is fighting against Rohingya "terrorists".