GENEVA- United Nations (UN) human rights experts have released a statement following the travel ban on the seven majority Muslim countries on Wednesday, January 30 by saying that it does not observe the international law.
According to the statement by ,François Crépeau, Mutuma Ruteere, Ben Emmerson, Nils Melzer and Ahmed Shaheed, the ban could lead to people denied asylum being sent home to face torture.
Reuters reported that the U.N. experts have urged the Trump administration to protect people fleeing war and persecution by offering refuge.
The U.N. experts said that people who are travelling to the U.S could be subject to detention for an unknown period and eventually deported.
In the statement they said that U.S should not force back refugees, a practice known as refoulement.
They have also asked the Trump Administration to uphold the principle of non-discrimination based on race, nationality and religion.
“Such an order is clearly discriminatory based on one’s nationality and leads to increased stigmatization of Muslim communities,” said the experts.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights , Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that discriminating people on the basis of their nationality is illegal.
Nils Melzer urged Donaald Trump to reconsider returning to waterboarding and other methods of torture as interrogation.
“Any tolerance, complacency or acquiescence with such practice, however exceptional and well-argued, will inevitably lead down a slippery slope towards complete arbitrariness and brute force,” Melzer said.
The executive order from the president has led to an international outcry, even among U.S. allies, and has brught confusion among travelers.
Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Mark Heinrich