CSCHR Press Conference on Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya’s Mission to Indian report
CSCHR held a press conference at the Manipur Press Club on Monday, 5 March 2012 to release the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya who conducted a country visit to India from 10 to 21 January 2011, to assess the current situation of human rights defenders in India, during which she met with senior officials at the central and state levels, and human rights defenders. She visited Guwahati, Assam on 14 January 2011 and met with human rights defenders from Manipur and the north-eastern States. Mrs Sekaggya’s final report of her India mission was tabled before the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, 5 March 2012.
The UN Special Rapporteur’s report recommends to the government of India to repeal the National Security Act, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, and the Chhattisgarh Public Safety Act; enact a law on the protection of human rights defenders, with an emphasis on defenders facing greater risks, developed in full and meaningful consultation with civil society and on the basis of technical advice from relevant United Nations entities; strengthen national human rights institutions; etc.
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