Human Rights Now in India – Telegraph (editorial)

The European Parliament has reminded the Indian government that in times of a pandemic, “prisoners of conscience” should be released. Who defends in India the rights of the defenders of human rights? Going by the incisively worded letter of the European Parliament’s subcommittee on human rights to the Indian home minister, no one. The immediate cause for the European Parliament’s concern appears to be the arrests of Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde. ..But the sharp and direct questioning of the Indian home ministry’s treatment of rights activists in the letter did not limit itself to the arrests of Mr Navlakha and Mr Teltumbde. The intimidation, harassment and, most alarming, arrests of not just activists but of peaceful protesters against the government’s laws, policies and actions, including the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, under antiterrorism laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, were mentioned critically too.Read more

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