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For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama presidency delivered more hope than change

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many fear a new hostility to human rights on the part of the United States. From his divisive rhetoric about minorities to his embrace of autocrats abroad, there is plenty to worry about…
U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016.
Summary This is what I have to say about the wounds on the body of the said accused. Since he was a hard core criminal, he refused to give any information. It was essential to get that information from him, that’s why [the police] used the “truth…
“It is not actually snooping.” This was the Indian foreign minister’s response to the U.S. mass surveillance programs that also targeted India. One year ago, Edward Snowden released data revealing that the U.S. National Security Agency had spied on the…

To combat global terrorism, India needs better policies at home

NEW DELHI, India - As India takes the helm of the United Nations Security Council's counterterrorism committee this year, its leaders would do well to think of Shahid, a young man who told me in harrowing detail of being tortured as a terrorism suspect by…

Torture and Forced Confessions Alienate Populations, Bolster Militant Groups

(New Delhi) - The Indian government should reform its justice system to ensure that abuses do not take place during counterterrorism efforts, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Indian authorities have taken recent steps to prevent…

 The “Anti-Nationals”
 Arbitrary Detention and Torture of
 Terrorism Suspects in India
 Map of India
 Recommendations for Immediate Action by the Indian
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Obama Visit an Opportunity to Promote Common Values

(New York) - US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should put human rights at the heart of their discussions when they meet in New Delhi, Human Rights Watch said today. The world's largest democracies should make a commitment…

 Back to the Future
 India's 2008 Counterterrorism Laws
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 III. Vague
 and Overbroad Definition of Terrorism.. 
 IV. Unlawful
 Restrictions on…

Amend Laws to Protect Basic Rights

(New York) - The Indian government should revise its draconian 2008 amendments to counterterrorism laws that can lead to serious violations of human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The amendments mirror previous…

Pakistani Army and Intelligence Services Need to Fully Cooperate

(New York) - Condemning the attacks that killed at least 175 people in Mumbai, Human Rights Watch today called upon the governments of India and Pakistan to cooperate in a prompt and thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and planners of the…

50th Anniversary of Law Allowing Shoot-to-Kill, Other Serious Abuses

(New York) - India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act has been used to violate fundamental freedoms for 50 years and should be repealed, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch’s 16-page report, “Getting Away With Murder: 50…

Government Should Investigate Narendra Modi for Seeming Incitement to Violence

(New York) - The Indian government should immediately order an investigation of Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, for statements apparently endorsing the extrajudicial execution of a terrorism suspect by the police, Human Rights Watch said…
(New York) - The bomb attacks today against civilian targets in Mumbai should be investigated and the perpetrators should be prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said today. Seven bombs are reported to have hit the city’s commuter rail network during rush hour…
Still at Risk: Diplomatic Assurances No Safeguard Against Torture Table of Cases Executive Summary The Legal Prohibition against Returns to Risk of Torture and Ill-Treatment International Law.. U.N. Convention against Torture International Covenant on…
(Geneva) – The United Nations should appoint a high-level expert to monitor the impact of counter-terrorist measures on human rights, Human Rights Watch urged today. In a new report released at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch…
(New York) -- Human Rights Watch today reiterated its call to the U.S. government to respect the fundamental rights of individuals detained in connection with investigations into the September 11 attacks. Most of those detained are from the Middle East…