India points out areas of ‘concern’ in US’ human rights record – IANS

Ajit Kumar“India made a few recommendations, including that the US ‘may consider establishing a national human rights institution.'” – IANS

As violence continues in Baltimore in the US following the custodial death of a black man, India has pointed out areas of “concern” regarding the US’ human rights record, including “deficiencies in law enforcement procedures and disproportionate use of force”.

In a statement, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN at Geneva Ajit Kumar acknowledged the “openness of the US delegation in accepting areas of continuing concern such as racial bias in the criminal justice system, incidents of bias-motivated crimes, including those committed against Hindus and Sikhs, and need for safety and living conditions at confinement facilities”.

India made a few recommendations, including that the US “may consider establishing a national human rights institution”.

Flag of the United Nations“We encourage the US Government to take adequate steps towards gender parity at workplace, protect women from all forms of violence and enhance opportunities in education and health for children from ethnic minorities.”

“We note efforts towards maintaining respect for privacy and civil liberties while addressing dangers to national security. We request the US delegation to share more information in this connection.”

India also welcomed the developments towards better protection of the rights of indigenous peoples by the US.

“We recommend that the US consider early ratification of International Conventions relating to the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), Rights of the Child (CRC) and Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).”

Mary McLeodSpeaking before the United Nations Human Rights Council, State Department’s acting legal adviser Mary McLeod highlighted steps taken by the US to battle against all forms of discrimination.

“Torture and cruel and inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment are absolutely prohibited at all times and in all places under both international law and US domestic law with no exception,” she said.

McLeod was speaking at the US’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council. The UPR is a process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states.

Arrest of Freddie Gray in BaltimoreBaltimore has witnessed a spate of violence following the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, 25, earlier this month. Gray’s death is the latest in a line of deaths of unarmed black teens/men due to use of excessive use of force or shooting by the police in the US.

India last week, during a statement on the UPR of the Maldives’ human rights record, called upon the Indian Ocean nation of islands to safeguard space for legitimate political dissent.

“We have seen reports by UN agencies that press freedom is being abridged. The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers has also reported their increased politicization. Maintaining public trust requires strong adherence to due process. The space for legitimate political dissent must be safeguarded,” India has said. – Indian Defence Research Wing, 12 May 2015

» Indo-Asian News Service or IANS is a private Indian news agency based in New Delhi.

3 Responses

    • Yes, but it neglects to to indict the Christian NGOs that proselytise and convert in India. This is to be expected from a Canadian writer in a Canadian newspaper as Canada sends missionaries to India.

  1. Reblogged this on HINDUISM AND SANATAN DHARMA and commented:
    USA stands quite for human rights in Saudi, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar etc and make noise for nations who wants to protect themselves. USA is not a good country for people living out of USA. It is a country where blacks are treated differently and still like animals as you see white police personals are shooting black like animals.

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