India gets a rap from UN Human Rights Commission a day after it seals the office of Kashmir Times

  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet claims that India is restricting the right to freedom of association using its ‘vaguely’ worded laws.
  • She pointed in particular to the country’s newly amended Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
  • According to her, the UN Human Rights Committee has found that India ‘must show the specific nature of threat’ to justify its restrictions.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called out India for its “vaguely” worded laws, which are stifling the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and human rights activists in the country.

Incidentally, her letter comes a day after the Jammu and Kashmir estates department sealed the Srinagar office of the Kashmir Times.

However, Bachelet’s issue isn’t related to that one incident. Instead, she points to India’s newly amended Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) that poses a big concern.


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