In­dia among 38 coun­tries for ha­rass­ment of hu­man rights ac­tivists: Re­ports

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Kath­mandu, 16 Septem­ber: In what is be­lieved to bring em­bar­rass­ment to the na­tion, the United Na­tions has named In­dia in its ‘shame­ful' list of 38 coun­tries for ha­rass­ment of Hu­man Rights ac­tivists. The United Na­tions in its an­nual re­port re­vealed that a rise in le­gal, po­lit­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive hur­dles used to in­tim­i­date and si­lence civil so­ci­ety have been wit­nessed in coun­tries in­clud­ing In­dia and Is­rael among oth­ers. The an­nual re­port from UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res also in­cluded al­le­ga­tions of ill-treat­ment, sur­veil­lance, crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion and pub­lic stig­ma­ti­sa­tion cam­paigns tar­get­ing vic­tims and hu­man rights de­fend­ers, re­ports said. In In­dia, sev­eral hu­man rights ac­tivist were ar­rested re­cently and charged un­der the UAPA for al­legedly hav­ing ‘Naxal' links. The 38 coun­tries in­cluded 29 coun­tries with new cases, and 19 with on­go­ing or con­tin­u­ing cases. The UN re­port has ac­cused these coun­tries of tor­tur­ing, killing vic­tims and their hu­man rights de­fend­ers, and also car­ry­ing out sur­veil­lance against them. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Reuters, the new cases of vi­o­lence have been re­ported in Bahrain, Cameroon, Colom­bia, Cuba, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Dji­bouti, Egypt, Gu­atemala, Guyana, Hon­duras, Hun­gary, In­dia, Is­rael, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Mal­dives, Mali, Morocco, Myan­mar, Philip­pines, Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Rwanda, Thai­land, Trinidad and Tobago, Turk­menistan, and Venezuela. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, some of the coun­tries listed in the UN re­port are cur­rent mem­bers of the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, which adopted a res­o­lu­tion last year reaf­firm­ing that ev­ery­one in­di­vid­u­ally or in as­so­ci­a­tion with oth­ers had a right to un­hin­dered com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the UN. The re­port quotes the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral say­ing that the world owes it to those brave peo­ple stand­ing up for hu­man rights, who have re­sponded to re­quests to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to and en­gage with the United Na­tions, to en­sure their right to par­tic­i­pate is re­spected. “Pun­ish­ing in­di­vid­u­als for co­op­er­at­ing with the United Na­tions is a shame­ful prac­tice that ev­ery­one must do more to stamp out”, he added.

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