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UN human rights expert condemns India over unsafe human rights defenders.

ISLAMABAD, March 07, 2012 (Balochistan Times): The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya has urged the Government of India to provide safe and conducive environment to human rights defenders. In her address during the main session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, she raised her concerns on the multiple challenges and dangers that are faced by members of human rights defenders in India, said a press release received here Tuesday from Geneva. The Special Rapporteur said that human rights defenders and their families in India are subject to killings, torture, ill-treatment, disappearances, arbitrary detention, forcible displacement and surveillance. The Special Rapporteur said that most of the human rights violations were attributed to law enforcement authorities, in particular the police. She regretted that these human rights violations are neither registered nor investigated if they are reported; thus impunity to such violations continues. She asked the Government of India to sensitize their state security agencies on the important role of the human rights defenders Ms. Sekaggya also urged India to repeal the National Security Act, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, the Unlawful Activities Act, the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act and the Chhattisgargh Public Safety Act. Ms. Sekaggya was reporting to the main session of the Council on her visit to India that was undertaken in January 2011.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 7, 2012
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