New Delhi, September 23 (KMS): Amnesty International India-chapter (AII) has said that India did not accept several important specific recommendations related to reducing discrimination and violence against marginalized groups, respecting the freedom to dissent and reducing impunity for human rights violations.
Amnesty International India in a statement issued in New Delhi said, India has done far too little to tackle incidents of mob violence against Muslims and widespread discrimination against Dalit and Adivasi communities.
The statement said, the freedom to dissent is increasingly under threat in India. It said, the government’s refusal to accept recommendations to amend the NGO foreign funding law, to align communications surveillance and restrictions on online expression with international human rights standards, and to independently investigate attacks on journalists raises troubling questions about its commitment to protecting the rights to freedom of expression and association.
The AII has also regretted India’s refusal to accept recommendations to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which has contributed to a culture of impunity for human rights violations by Indian forces, to ban inherently inaccurate pellet-firing shotguns that have blinded and killed hundreds, and to enact a law to address communal violence.
“These decisions, unfortunately, paint a grim picture of India’s commitment to upholding human rights and respecting its international obligations,” the statement said.
By taking steps recently to forcibly return all Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers in India to Myanmar, where they may face serious human rights violations, India risks failing its moral and legal obligations, it added.