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Apr 5 5 tweets 1 min read
The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday poses many risks to human rights. It gives too much power to the authorities and has the scope of being misused against peaceful protesters and discriminated minorities.

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thehindu.com/news/national/… Introduced with no public consultation, it gives powers to police and prison officials to take “measurements”, including biological samples and behavioural attributes, of anyone who comes in formal contact with the criminal justice system in breach of the right to privacy.

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Apr 1 6 tweets 1 min read
The detention of 25 Rohingya refugees belonging to the Tablighi Jamaat in Jammu & Kashmir’s Ramban district is an abject dereliction of India’s human rights obligations and an egregious violation of international law.

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Their detention comes at the heels of the unlawful deportation of Hasina Begum, a Rohingya refugee to Myanmar on 22 March 2022 in violation of the principle of non-refoulement.

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Sep 29, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
#NEWS: Amnesty International India Halts Its Work On Upholding Human Rights In India Due To Reprisal From Government Of India

amnesty.org.in/news-update/am… The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt.
Sep 14, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
1: The arrest of ex-Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) leader, Umar Khalid by the Delhi police is another example of the crackdown on peaceful anti-CAA protests held by the students in Delhi. #UmarKhalid has been arrested under the repressive UAPA.

#DelhiRiots 2: The Delhi police is accusing Umar Khalid as being one of the main conspirators of the riots. Amnesty India had earlier in an investigative briefing pointed out on how the police have taken no action against political leaders who made hate speeches in the buildup to the riots.
Sep 10, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
NEWS: The right to a fair and impartial trial is paramount to ensuring justice. Denial of this right is as much an injustice to the accused as it is to the victim.

#RheaChakraborty
amnesty.org.in/news-update/ju… "The manner in which certain individuals including Rhea Chakraborty and her family have been vilified by media channels impedes this right" said Executive Director @Avinash_1_Kumar.
Sep 8, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
1: After more than six months, the @DelhiPolice is finally investigating its officers who were seen kicking and hitting a group of five wounded men on 24 February, poking them with rifles and asking them to sing the Indian National Anthem.

#DelhiRiots
indianexpress.com/article/cities… 2: Faizan was one of the 5 who were tortured by Delhi police. He was detained 36 hours without any charge. He was handed over to his mother after his condition deteriorated. He died a day later.

You can see our investigative video on this story here:
Sep 4, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
#NEW: Analysis by @amnesty has found that at least 7,000 health workers have died around the world after contracting #COVID19.

In #India, figures from @MoHFW_INDIA state that so far over 87,000 health workers have been infected, and 573 have died.

READ: amnesty.org.in/news-update/am… India has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in the last few months. #Healthworkers have been raising concerns about safety. In August, #ASHAworkers went on strike to demand adequate PPE, better pay and just & favourable conditions of work.

Read: amnesty.org.in/the-women-warr…
Aug 28, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
.@DelhiPolice कर्मी #दिल्ली_दंगे में न सिर्फ शामिल थे बल्कि उन्होंने इनमें सक्रिय रूप से हिस्सा लिया। पिछले छह महीनों में दिल्ली पुलिस द्वारा - हिंसा के पहले, उसके दौरान और उसके बाद - किए गए मानवाधिकार उल्लंघनों में कोई भी जांच शुरू नहीं की गयी है।

amn.st/6014GopMk इन उल्लंघनों में शामिल हैं:

पुलिस अधिकारियों का दंगाइयों के साथ हिंसा में भागीदारी
हिरासत में यातना देना
प्रदर्शनकारियों पर अत्यधिक बल का उपयोग
एफ़.आई.आर दर्ज करने से इनकार करना;
शांतिपूर्ण प्रदर्शन स्थलों को तोड़ना
दंगाइयों द्वारा हिंसा को देखने के बावजूद मूकदर्शक बने रहना |
Aug 28, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
NEWS: The @DelhiPolice personnel were complicit & an active participant in the #DelhiRiots. In the last 6 months not a single investigation has been opened into the human rights violations committed by the Delhi police -before, during & after the violence. amn.st/6010Gopyr These violations include:

⚠️police officers indulging in violence with the rioters
⚠️torturing in custody
⚠️using excessive force on protesters
⚠️refusing to register FIRs
⚠️dismantling sites of peaceful protests
⚠️being mute bystanders as rioters wreaked havoc.

#DelhiRiots
Aug 14, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
1/5 It is unfortunate that @pbhushan1 has been held guilty of contempt of court for his tweets criticising the functioning of the judiciary. Outdated provisions of criminal contempt laws in India must not be used to punish critics of the judiciary. #prashantbhushan Image 2/5 Because of the importance of an independent judiciary in society, it will inevitably be subject to comments and complaints, which can sometimes be deemed offensive. But courts can and should tolerate criticism #prashantbhushan
Aug 14, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
NEWS: As India celebrates its 74th Independence Day, the Indian Government must stop criminalising dissent & immediately release all the young peaceful protesters who have been intimidated, harassed & arrested for their participation in anti-CAA protests.
amnesty.org.in/news-update/in… "Students are accused of being ‘anti-nationals’ for disagreeing with govt policies & peacefully protesting against them. This is a good time to remind the Government that the Supreme Court of India in 2018 said that ‘dissent is the safety valve of a democracy’" @Avinash_1_Kumar
Aug 13, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
1/6 The Government of India must provide assistance to the ASHA workers who are at the frontline of fighting the pandemic to keep India safe from COVID-19 instead of rushing to criminalise and lock them up under draconian laws. #ASHAWorkers

indianexpress.com/article/cities… 2/6 Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers are demanding an increase in wages and PPE kits. Frustrated with the government's ignorance, they held a strike in Delhi. Now the police have filed an FIR against them for violating the 'unlockdown' guidelines. #ASHAWorkers
Aug 12, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
1/4 Amnesty International India calls for the extrajudicial execution in Shopian, J&K to be investigated and prosecuted by independent civilian authorities.

amnesty.org.in/news-update/in… 2/4 "Civilian investigations & trials offer a degree of transparency and independence that is missing from the military justice system," said @Avinash_1_Kumar
Aug 12, 2020 7 tweets 4 min read
1/7 Yet another dangerous day for journalists in the country. Journalists from the Caravan Magazine, India Today, The News Minute and Suvarna News were attacked yesterday in Delhi and Bengaluru. @thecaravanindia @HartoshSinghBal @vinodjose 2/7 Journalism is not a crime and the Delhi and Bengaluru police must show its commitment towards protecting journalists by filing an FIR and ensuring those responsible are held accountable. @thenewsminute @dhanyarajendran @IndiaToday
Aug 11, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
1/4 We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court that upholds a daughter's right to inherit parental property, as absolute. This is a step towards promoting equality for women. Property rights are fundamental to women's social, economic & legal security.
barandbench.com/news/litigatio… 2/4 This is in consonance with the rights set out in the CEDAW, which India is a signatory to. Article 15 calls for equal rights for men and women before the law and Article 16 seeks the end to discrimination in matters relating to family relations, one area being property rights
Aug 11, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
The Supreme Court of India’s order to restore 4G internet in certain areas of Jammu & Kashmir is encouraging. Since 5 August 2018, the region has suffered a communications blackout in various forms. On 5 August, Amnesty International India released its third update on the deteriorating human rights situation in Jammu & Kashmir calling for the immediate restoration of the 4G mobile internet.
Jul 29, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
1/6 The crackdown on dissent continues during the #COVID19 pandemic. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrests Delhi university professor, MT Hany Babu in the Bhima Koregaon case. This makes the 12th arrest in this case. 2/6 The NIA alleges that Hany Babu was 'propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideologies' and was a 'co-conspirator in the 2017 Bhima Koregaon riots'. #BK12 #FreeBK12
Jul 27, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Amnesty International India urges the government to urgently address concerns of impunity for alleged human rights violations by removing the requirement under the #AFSPA for executive permission for prosecuting soldiers, pending its repeal.

economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-… The Ministry of Defence in response to the Central Information Commission stated that there are no procedures, norms or standards in deciding prosecution sanction under the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act (AFSPA). (2/5)
Jul 25, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
1/4 Varavara Rao's daughter, Pendyala Pavana tells Amnesty International India that the National Investigative Agency is being vindictive and cruel to her father. You can listen to the audio interview here. #BK11 2/4 It is nothing but cruel for the NIA to insist that the Bhima Koregaon 11 activists must continue to remain in jail as the pandemic rages across Indian prisons. #BK11 Image
Jul 16, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Considering the spread of COVID-19 in jails and lack of a gender-sensitive justice system, the charges against the gang-rape survivor and two social workers must be immediately withdrawn and the three must be released. (1/5)

scroll.in/latest/967411/… It has been a week since a gang-rape survivor and two social workers assisting her were jailed in Bihar. The magistrate misinterpreted a nervous breakdown of the survivor while making her statement as an affront to the court disregarding the context of the survivor. (2/5)
Jul 16, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
1: The force used by the police in Guna, Madhya Pradesh on a farmer couple and locals is excessive and violates international standards, which calls for necessity and proportionality.

@ChouhanShivraj Police using force on local... 2: The high level inquiry initiated by the administration must be independent and impartial and prosecute the police officers suspected of responsibility. The criminal charge of attempt to suicide against the farmers must also be immediately withdrawn.