India’s checkered record on human rights issues at UNHRC

India voted against four resolutions and one decision concerning: peaceful protests, the question of the death penalty, and the protection of human rights while countering terrorism, the report says.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
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By Prasun Sonwalkar | June 25, 2017

India was the only Asia-Pacific Commonwealth country to abstain from voting on resolutions on defamation of religions.

A new analysis of voting during a decade at the UN Human Rights Council suggests that India did not consistently support issues such as civil and political rights including the death penalty, reprisals, defamation of religions, torture, drones, and the right to peace and peaceful protests.

The analysis by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) released in Geneva is focused on voting patterns at the apex international forum by Commonwealth countries between 2006 and 2016. The event was chaired by CHRI director Sanjoy Hazarika.

India is currently serving its fourth term at HRC from January 2015 to December 2017.
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