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Eight world rights' bodies ask EU to press India to release all human rights activists

 May 05, 2021

World human rights' bodies have called upon the European Union to raise the fast-deteriorating human rights situation in India during its scheduled summit with the Indian leaders in Portugal on 8th of this month.

In a statement, Human Rights Watch said that an umbrella of eight human rights bodies have unanimously asked the European leaders to press the Indian government to reverse its abusive and discriminatory policies and immediately release all human rights activists.

These organizations said that the Indian government also ignored calls from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to release every person detained without sufficient legal basis.

The statement said the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has increasingly harassed, intimidated, and arbitrarily arrested human rights defenders, journalists, peaceful protesters, and other critics, under draconian sedition and counterterrorism laws.

The rights bodies' group said the Indian government has imposed harsh and discriminatory restrictions on Muslim-majority areas in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir since revoking the state's constitutional status in August 2019.