STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

European Union must ask India to act on rights abuses

The European Union should use its rights dialogue with India to encourage the government to ensure accountability for abuses and strengthen the protection of women, children, Dalits, and other vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Published: 21st January 2013 01:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2013 01:31 PM   |  A+A-

European Union1AP
By IANS

The European Union should use its rights dialogue with India to encourage the government to ensure accountability for abuses and strengthen the protection of women, children, Dalits, and other vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The rights body said this in a letter to ambassador Joao Cravinho, head of the EU Delegation to India. The EU-India Local Human Rights Dialogue will be held in New Delhi Tuesday.

The EU should urge India to end effective legal immunity granted to state security forces under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the criminal procedure code for violations of fundamental rights, including torture, rape, and extrajudicial killings, Human Rights Watch said.

"The Indian government often has noble intentions when it comes to creating laws and policies, but too often the impact on the lives of ordinary Indians is minimal," said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The EU-India rights dialogue is an important opportunity for the EU to help India turn good intentions into real changes."

The Indian government has recently taken some positive steps to improve human rights protections, including enacting a new law to protect children from sexual abuse and proposing amendments to existing laws on sexual assault. However, implementation will remain a challenge unless the government holds accountable the officials tasked to enforce the laws.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp