The Advocates for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) and Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association, submitted a joint stakeholders report to the United Nations Human Rights Council for consideration during the second Universal Periodic Review of India in 2012. This submission addresses India’s failure to comply with its international human rights obligations to protect members of minority groups. In particular, the submission calls attention to serious problems with the treatment of Muslims in India.
Major human rights challenges include extrajudicial executions committed by security personnel as well as non-state actors, arbitrary and unlawful detentions, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorism suspects in police custody, and harassment of human rights defenders, whistleblowers and witnesses to human rights violations. Additionally, this submission highlights the failure of the Indian government to adequately investigate and effectively prosecute perpetrators of these human rights violations against members of minority groups in the context of counter-terrorism investigations. The submission also includes specific recommendations urging India to strengthen legislation facilitating human rights abuses, increase the accountability of its security forces and implement effective measures to address issues of systemic religious bias and discrimination against its religious minorities.
The report is listed as JS12 in the UN's official summary of stakeholders' information.
Please see the full report below.