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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has filed an intervention application (IA) in the challenge to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) pending before the Supreme Court of India.
The IA filed on behalf of UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet Jeria has been filed with the objective of ensuring the implementation of India's international legal obligations.
Jeria has sought to intervene as amicus curiae in the matter, in view of her mandate to protect and promote all human rights and to conduct necessary advocacy in that regard. The IA states,
"The High Commissioner's role is thus to promote adherence to international human rights law and, with this purpose in mind, to support domestic courts, with their constitutional or judicial function, in ensuring the implementation of international legal obligations."
The IA goes on to state that the High Commissioner has filed amicus curiae briefs in legal proceedings around the world, including those before the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, as well as the United States Supreme Court and final appeal courts of countries in Asia and Latin America.