Explained: What is the UN body that has criticized India for the new citizenship Act?

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News: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act for being fundamentally discriminatory in nature.

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About the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

  • It is the principal UN entity on human rights. It is a part of the UN Secretariat, one of the main organs of the UN.
  •  It was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Its mandate is to promote and protect the human rights that are guaranteed under international law and put forward in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948

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United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

  • It is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States. It was established in 2006 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.