Left Menu
Development News Edition

Minorities in Assam facing marginalization and hate speech, UN experts warn

The concerns raised by the group of UN Special Rapporteurs, are linked to draft amendments to the Assam National Register of Citizens, which excludes more than 4 million people from the list, in particular, Muslims and Hindus of Bengali descent.  

UN | Updated: 04-07-2019 09:12 IST | Created: 04-07-2019 09:12 IST
Minorities in Assam facing marginalization and hate speech, UN experts warn
The Special Rapporteurs added that the process may exacerbate xenophobia, whilst fuelling religious intolerance and discrimination, and called on the Indian authorities to step in and take “resolute action.”  Image Credit: Pixabay

Millions of people from minority backgrounds, in the Indian state of Assam, are living in a "xenophobic climate", and face marginalization and a rise in hate speech on social media, independent UN experts warned on Wednesday.

The concerns raised by the group of UN Special Rapporteurs, are linked to draft amendments to the Assam National Register of Citizens, which excludes more than 4 million people from the list, in particular, Muslims and Hindus of Bengali descent.

Those excluded from the final list, due to be published on 31 July, will have to prove to a tribunal that they are not "irregular foreigners", and, say the experts, they risk statelessness, deportation, or prolonged detention.

The Special Rapporteurs added that the process may exacerbate xenophobia, whilst fuelling religious intolerance and discrimination, and called on the Indian authorities to step in and take "resolute action."


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Loopholes in Healthcare Information System may have failed Singapore COVID-19 model

In the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore was in the limelight for its effective healthcare system and pandemic response plan. However, Singapore has now joined the list of the worst-hit nations and the situation is even worse...

Videos

Latest News

Athletics-London Marathon mass race to be cancelled, elite race on

The mass participation London Marathon has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but an elite-only race, on a short loop on a fan-restricted circuit and featuring Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, will be held on Oct. 4, sources said on Thursday...

Soccer-U.S billionaire Friedkin signs deal to buy Italy's AS Roma

U.S. billionaire Dan Friedkin has signed a deal worth more than 700 million to purchase the Italian Serie A soccer club AS Roma, the club said on Thursday.Roma said in statement that formal contracts with the Houston, Texas-based Friedkin G...

Transport sector likely to contract by 18-20 pc in FY21: Icra

The domestic road transport sector is likely to contract by up to 20 per cent on account of COVID-19 pandemic-induced challenges, rating agency Icra said on Thursday. It has also revised the outlook on the logistics sector from Stable to Ne...

Babar Azam belongs in league of Kohli, Smith, Williamson, feels Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels its time the cricket world changes the moniker Fab Four to Fab Five by including Pakistans Babar Azam in the same league as Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. Australian run-machine Steve Smith and ...

Give Feedback