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News code: 28997
Published Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020 - 15:36:54
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Rights to peaceful protests violated in India: Amnesty

Rights to peaceful protests violated in India: Amnesty
World  - People protesting peacefully against India’s new citizenship law are facing a brutal crackdown by the Indian Government. More than 1000 people have been arrested and over 5000 detained. Internet services have been shut down in many parts of the country, and at least 30 people have been killed.

In December 2019, the Indian Government passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) that discriminates on the basis of religion, particularly Islam. Hundreds and thousands of people took to the streets in protest of the law and many were met with police brutality, arbitrary detention under repressive or colonial laws and ill-treatment in detention.

People in India continue to face threats to their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and association. The authorities continue the use of legislations that prohibits the gathering of more than 4 persons and imposes a blanket shutdown on internet services. Excessive force, including police firing and lathi (baton) charge, is further used to deter largely peaceful protests. With this approach, India stands in absolute violation of international human rights laws and standards.

Sometime earlier, the Prime Minister had said, criticism makes a democracy strong. Yet, he continues to maintain a deafening silence as peaceful protests are crushed violently across the country, including in his own constituency of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

 

News Code: 28997
Published Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020 - 15:36:54
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