The United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) has moved an intervention application in the Supreme Court on the Citizenship Amendment Act matter.
In an unprecedented move, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights informed India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva yesterday that her Office had filed the intervention application.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, reacting to the move by the UNHRC, said: “The Citizenship Amendment Act is an internal matter of India and concerns the sovereign right of the Indian Parliament to make laws. We strongly believe that no foreign party has any locus standi on issues pertaining to India’s sovereignty.”
“India is a democratic country governed by the rule of law. We all have utmost respect for and full trust in our independent judiciary. We are confident that our sound and legally sustainable position would be vindicated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” the MEA spokesperson added.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing petitions against the amended Citizenship Act.