The UN human rights office on Thursday dismissed any submissions made by representatives of the “United States of Kailasa (USK),” which was established by Indian fugitive Nithyananda. The office deemed these submissions as “irrelevant” and declared that they will not be taken into account in the final outcome drafts.
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The comments by the OHCHR spokesperson came even as videos and images showing a USK representative speaking on behalf of the fictional state on “indigenous rights and sustainable development” at one of the events went viral on social media. The two events were held on February 22 and 24.
“Registration for such public events is open to NGOs and the general public. Anyone can submit information to the treaty bodies, who will use their judgment to determine the credibility of the submissions received,” the OHCHR spokesperson said when asked about their participation.
“On 24 February, at CESCRs general discussion, when the floor was opened to the public, a USK representative spoke briefly. As the focus of the statement was tangential to the topic at hand, it will not be taken into consideration by the Committee in the formulation of the General Comment,” the spokesperson added.
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There was no immediate comment from India’s permanent mission in Geneva.
Vijayapriya Nithyananda, who claimed to be “the permanent ambassador of (so-called) the United States of Kailasa”, can be seen making her intervention in videos from the event and has triggered questions over the groups involvement at sessions addressed by the likes of former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and other human rights experts.
Nithyananda, a self-proclaimed godman, is wanted in India on several charges of rape and sexual assault allegations he denies. He claims to have founded the “United States of Kailasa (USK)” in 2019 and according to its website, counts “two billion practising Hindus” among its population.
(With agency inputs)