India: New anti-terror laws would violate international human rights standards

The President of India should reject new amendments to anti-terror laws which would violate international human rights treaties, said Amnesty International today, in response to India’s speedy introduction of new legislation after the November attacks in Mumbai city in which more than 170 people died.

From: Amnesty International

The organization calls upon the President, Indian authorities and lawmakers to urgently review the new amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, (UAPA), 1967, and provisions of the new legislation aiming to set up a National Investigating Agency (NIA), exclusively meant to probe acts of terrorism in the country.

“While we utterly condemn the attacks and recognise that the Indian authorities have a right and duty to take effective measures to ensure the security of the population, security concerns should never be used to jeopardize people’s human rights,” said Madhu Malhotra, Asia Pacific Programme Deputy Director at Amnesty International.

The experience of other countries which have also rushed to pass sweeping anti-terror legislation in response to terrorist attacks has shown that such measures undermine the rule of law and respect for human rights internationally, and do not enhance security. The UN General Assembly said in 2006 that “measures to ensure the respect for human rights for all and the rule of law [are] the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.”

India’s experience with previous anti-terrorism laws has shown that they can lead to abusive practices….

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One Response to “India: New anti-terror laws would violate international human rights standards”

  1. Manish Goel Says:

    ………..Tough laws are offenly abused,what is required the strict compliance of existing laws,rules& regulations.The better coordination among various agencies,be it at State level or at National level is the need of hour. Threat perceptions on VVIPs should constantly viewed & reviewed so that better allocation & (re) deployment of Security takes place.
    Access of legal rederssal of accused should never be curtailed or compromised & his legal, natural & humanitarian rights should never be taken away,inspite of knowing that the accused committing heinous crimes under Jingoism …come what it may.

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