April 5, 2020 | 7:12 PM IST

UN Chief Guterres concerned over ‘statelessness’ of Indian minorities due to CAA, NRC

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the future of minorities in India and even Kashmir.

Guterres, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said it is necessary to adopt all possibilities to prevent ‘statelessness’ when a nationality law is changed.
While interacting with media, Guterres said that he was concerned about new laws in India because it is relevant to the UN body which is quite active. He added, “The present High Commissioner for Refugees is quite active to this situation like many others like this because there is a risk of statelessness created by those national laws.”

He further emphasized, “It is absolutely essential when a nationality law is changed, the statelessness is prevented. Because when the basic right of anyone anywhere is to have a country that a person calls him, then everything should be done in order to avoid statelessness.
Expressing his thoughts on Kashmir, Guterres spoke about the reports on Kashmir compiled by human rights wings. He said that the reports showed the ground reality in the region since the special status of the State of Jammu and Kashmir ended on August 5, last year.
He said that it is essential that the reports are taken seriously and it was the task of the Security Council to constitute a committee to investigate the human rights scenario in Kashmir.

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