India: UN Human Rights High Commissioner Expresses Worry Over UAPA

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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The way the UAPA Law is used in India, has worried the UN Human Rights High Commissioner owing to the restrictions imposed by the law, in their perspective, seemingly muzzling dissent and Free Speech.

"Ongoing use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act throughout India is worrying, with Jammu & Kashmir having among the highest number of cases in the country," says Michelle Bachelet reads.

She has stated that in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian authorities continue to prohibit public assembly and impose regular temporary communication outages, while hundreds of people remain detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and journalists face increasing pressure. While acknowledging India’s efforts to block terrorism, she had warned against a wrong way of doing this resulting in radicalisation and had also pointed out unfair detention of Journalists.