Security personnel conduct flag march during clashes between those against and those supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in north east Delhi | PTI
Security personnel conduct flag march during riots in northeast Delhi | PTI
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New Delhi: The United Nations’ Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, has expressed concern over the increase in hate speech and discrimination against minorities in India ever since the Citizenship Amendment Act was adopted in December 2019.

The Special Adviser stated, “While the objective of the act, to provide protection to minority communities is commendable, it is concerning that this protection is not extended to all groups, including Muslims. This is contrary to India’s obligations under international human rights law, in particular on non-discrimination.”

Moreover, Dieng has shown additional concern on reports that protests against the Act prior to the coronavirus pandemic breaking out led to injury and death of civilians, as well as attack on religious sites. It also resulted in “expressions of hate” against the Muslim community in India.

In late February, the northeast district in the national capital had seen communal riots break out and last for three days, which resulted in more than 50 deaths.

Dieng also particularly pointed at Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy’s statement that claimed all Indians are not equal, noting that “statements such as those expressed by Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy, that all people are not equal, and that Muslims are not in an ‘equal category’ as others are extremely alarming. Hate speech and the dehumanisation of others goes against international human rights norms and values.”

The Special Adviser welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that coronavirus affects all communities equally and that it “does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or border before striking and that our response and conduct … should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood.”

Dieng asserted that the Government of India must continue to abide by this kind of guidance and ensure that its laws follow international standards on non-discrimination. He also emphasised the need for India to counter the rise of hate speech through messages of “inclusion, respect for diversity and unity”.

Dieng concluded, “In these extraordinary times brought about by the Covid-19 crisis, it is more important than ever that we stand united as one humanity, demonstrating unity and solidarity rather than division and hate.”


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  1. I am surprised at the number of people in india who are bigoted and racists.
    Thanks the UN for taking the indian govt members to task.
    Harvard boycotted Mr Swamy earlier and now The Modi Govt will have to answer for the action of its MLA.
    We people in Mauritius strongly condemn Mr Swamy’s views.

  2. May andh – bhakts get their sight back!
    Differences will take India backwards; while the “divide and rule“ british legacy has been fully revived by RW.

  3. Exactly, this is the third party clue still all above bhakts cannot digest the fact that Swamy is a follower of ancient caste system. May be they are too insecure of their minorities as is evident through comments.
    If india has to progress, it should treat it’s citizens equally.
    Displaying minor incidents and old ones of Kashmir is not going to prove any point here, the world knows and u your self know the Big events that occurred against minorities throughout India since independence, a little retaliation is what u guys are crying over.. duh.

    • Around half a million Hindus (Kafirs) hounded out of Kashmir in their very own country and UN does not take notice of it, more than 15% non-Muslim population (read Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists, etc. ) in ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN reduced to less than 1% and UN does not take notice of it, 35% Hindu population in Bangladesh reduced to less than 5% and UN does not take notice of, and Afghanistan non-Muslim population almost reduced to zero and UN does not take notice of it, around 58 Islamic countries on mother earth but not even four of them giving equal rights to all their citizens irrespective of their religion, but UN has no issue with that. The problem is that UN has around 58 Muslim votes against India solely working on grounds of Hindu hatred that despite the fact that despite 800 years of Muslim brutality in this country, we chose to keep it truly secular in every sense of word and people have cheeks to call India names.

  4. You people follow Zakir Naik and ISIS. You are destroying the world for your feelthy grit of earning. Putting the the whole humanity at the risk of destruction. Do you think you will earn and take that to heaven for enjoyment.??theprint is a destructive media and I condemn it outright.

  5. Don’t teach us Inclusiveness and Patience. Read the Indian Ancient History first, You seem to be working for some groups with propaganda. Teach these lessons to those nations where humanity and democracy are sins. Mind your own business please.

    • Totally agree with you. I seriously don’t understand why Dieang or whatever the name is, not saying anything against the wrongs that are happening to minorities in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh etc….and also, muslims are not the only minorities in India…..not others but only they seem to have problem with everything done by the current government.
      fake news at its best. Bloody propaganda network!!!

  6. U r a anti hindu jernalist u r insulting only one hindu. Majority nation all minority Charis multiplied all islamic countries minority are buchered ,converted,& raped do u know how much cast, language and culture people we have?

  7. Subramanian Swamy, though a bit abrasive with his expressions, is one who talks logic with clear understanding of the subject and history behind it. UN cannot use it’s common dipstick in India to understand the happenings disrupting and troubling the majority in the name of equality and politics that has developed a more-than-equal status for minority in the country.

  8. If india is discriminating against minorities so what pakistan has done with hindu minorities why dont you say on it more than 4 lakh kashmiri pandits were removed from kashmir on the other hand why dont you say something on waris pathan who was delivering hate speech at hyderabad who has said still female lions has come out when what will happen then lions come out what shows hate against kafirs who the hindus and also said we are 20 crore but can kill every hindu in india let me also give one example ankit sharma were stabbed more than 400 time then you be shut up

  9. That the UNO is a pale shadow of its former self is becoming clear, when persons with their country’s bias man the various limbs. We need not pay the slightest attention to such persons with personal agenda, as our country’s standing and prestige is not affected. This joker did not understand, that Subramanyam Swamy ment Muslims were more than equal than the rest of Indians. Which is a fact.

  10. Do they have good relationship with Terrorism. If so ask them to control their wards and stop killing innocents across the world so in India. Also they must ensure the safety of every peace loving human beings so the indians from radical muslims, leftists, naale and other supporting pseudo secular corrupted professionals.

    If can’t, it’s a shameful tactics to tarnish the image of a country which love& practice justice happiness peace to all its citizens.

    I think my comments can’t go here

  11. Do they have good relationship with Terrorism. If so ask them to control their wards and stop killing innocents across the world so in India. Also they must ensure the safety of every peace loving human beings so the indians from radical muslims, leftists, naale and other supporting pseudo secular corrupted professionals.

    If can’t, it’s a shameful tactics to tarnish the image of a country which love& practice justice happiness peace to all its citizens

  12. Tell that worthless person from UN not to interfere in internal affairs of India. Ours is the most secular country in the world.

  13. This kind speech and write ups by the highly responsible UN authorities like Mr. Dieng only instigating the certain section of the Indian citizens to do more harm to the Nation and give courage to disobey the Law and Orders of our great Bharat……

  14. Mr, Subramaniam Swamy consider himself as high caste. But he could not keep his own flock together at home with him. May be that is the reason he has lost mental balance. If he feels his religion is superior let him practice & show in his daily routine and preach. If people feel good they will embrace. If it is forced on them through terror you can’t expect them to practice for longer.

  15. Dieng parrots typical Islamic misinformation game. Amazing propaganda network!!! A Hindu temple is desecrated in d heart of India’s Capital, New Delhi ,just a few months before Sharia followers started their anti hindu propaganda, Jihadis Stab a Information Bureau officer OVER 400 times JUST coz he was a Hindu, there r open calls to eliminate 1 billion Hindus by 150 million Jihadis in India & this Dieng is ranting abt Muslims being d innocent ones in India!!!???? Everyone who has access to internet can google n find out how many of over 500000 Kashmiri Hindus were Raped, shot, burnt, Chopped n hanged by Muslims in Kashmir in 1989-90…Everyone can also find out what level of religious justice is given to Non Muslims in Islamic countries across d globe…v all know ISIS & Al Qaeda!! So pls dnt spread lies n half truths thru global platforms.

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