Added on : 2023-03-21 11:16:17
A US report has listed significant human rights issues in India in 2022, including unlawful and arbitrary killings, freedom of press and violence targeting religious and ethnic minorities.
The annual report, released by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, mentions human rights violations such as extrajudicial killings, torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by police and prison officials, and harsh and life-threatening prison conditions.
Arbitrary arrest and detention, political prisoners or detainees, arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, restrictions on freedom of expression and media, including violence or threats of violence, unjustified arrests or prosecutions of journalists, and enforcement of or threat to enforce criminal libel laws to limit expression are some of the other human rights violations mentioned in the report.
It is noteworthy that India has rejected similar reports by the US government in the past. The Union government has asserted that India has well-established democratic practices and robust institutions to safeguard the rights of all.