Divisive politics hurts growth: U.N. Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Michelle Bachelet has pointed out that divisive politics will ultimately hurt India’s growth potential.

Addressing a meeting of the 40th Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, Ms. Bachelet also argued in favour of an end to the conflict in Kashmir.

“We are receiving reports that indicate increasing harassment and targeting of minorities — in particular Muslims and people from historically disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as Dalits and Adivasis,” she said.

The High Commissioner picked up “hate speech” as one of the focus areas. Her observations on India were a part of her speech that looked at some of the most serious reports of rights abuses at the global level, including in China, Turkey.


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