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United States Congressional Briefing “Religious Freedom in India,” September 22, 2021

Thank you for inviting me to testify today. Among India’s most pressing human rights concerns today is the worsening situation with respect to religious freedom. The facts are clear: attacks against religious minorities in India, especially Muslims…

Authorities Targeting Critics, Supporters of Farmers Protests

(New York) – The Indian government has taken various measures that violate free expression and privacy rights in response to growing international criticism of its handling of the farmers protests, Access Now, ARTICLE 19, the Association for…

Bilateral Human Rights Dialogue Scheduled for January 12*

(Brussels) – The EU should take a strong stand and press India to immediately end systemic human rights violations, seven organizations said today, ahead of the European Union-India human rights dialogue scheduled for January 12, 2021.…

Item 4 General Debate – Oral Intervention

Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government, Egyptians continue to face some of the worst human rights abuses in decades. The government’s zero-tolerance policy to peaceful dissent means that civil society organizations are under continuous attack,…

Written Submission of John Sifton to the United States Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Thank you for inviting me to testify today. Human rights are under threat in the province of Jammu and Kashmir, and in India more generally. The Lantos Commission deserves praise for recognizing that the human rights problems in both Kashmir…
A paramilitary trooper stands guard during shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir.

126th session of the Human Rights Committee

We write in advance of the Committee’s review of India to highlight some areas of concerns regarding India’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (hereafter “The Covenant”). We hope our submission will inform your…
Schoolgirls participate in a protest rally against the rape of two teenage girls in Chatra and Pakur districts of Jharkhand state, in Ranchi, India May 8, 2018.

Testimony by John Sifton, Asia Policy Director, Human Rights Watch

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission   Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, Thank you for inviting me to testify today in this well-timed hearing. It was fitting and proper to hold a hearing today to coincide with the…

Consideration of India’s Periodic Report, 58th Session

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) on India’s obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (…

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Testimony by Human Rights Watch

Testimony of John Sifton Asia Advocacy Director Human Rights Watch Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission | Hearing of April 4, 2014 “The Plight of Religious Minorities in India”   Mr. Chairman, Committee members:  Thank you for inviting me to testify today…

Appeal by Humanitarian Leaders Puts Pressure on BRICS

(New York) – India should respond to the stark new picture of Syria’s humanitarian crisis by working with Brazil and South Africa for improved access to humanitarian aid, including over Syria’s borders, Human Rights Watch said today. In a briefing to…

General Recommendation on Access to Justice

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) for its General Recommendation on access to justice. Human Rights Watch has done extensive research on this…

Oral Statement Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the second Universal Periodic Review of India, which reflects a large number of important recommendations. We are encouraged by recent positive steps on human rights by the Indian government. …
November 2011 In its submission for its first Universal Periodic Review in April 2008, India said that its “approach towards protection and promotion of human rights has been characterized by a holistic, multi-pronged effort.” It cited the Indian…