The principal human rights official of the United Nations has moved the Supreme Court, seeking to intervene as a friend of the court on a bunch of petitions challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The application from the office of Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile, has pointed out that there cannot be any discrimination in granting refugee status on the basis of religion or race.
Few in the Indian government could recall another instance of a UN agency seeking to intervene in a matter New Delhi insists is the country’s internal matter – a measure of the de facto “internationalisation” of the issue under the watch of the Narendra Modi government.
It is up to the Supreme Court to reject or accept the plea of the UN agency. Either way, the CAA appears destined to be at the centre of global attention for some more time.…
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Modi Govt Caught Contradicting Itself On CAA In RTI Response (Mar 5, 2020, HuffPost)