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India: Human rights defenders need effective protection: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 23 March 2012)

, Index number: ASA 20/005/2012

Problems faced by human rights defenders in India remain particularly acute for three categories: those highlighting violations by the police and security forces, especially in regions affected by armed insurgency and political violence; those working to defend the rights of the marginalized communities who face violations by the state authorities and abuses by private agencies; and those using recent legislation to obtain information to protect their rights. This written statement includes seven cases which illustrate the need for central government to introduce robust legislation to ensure comprehensive protection for defenders.

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