FCRA tussle: India hits back at UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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New Delhi, October 21, 2020: In response to media queries on comments on FCRA made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Official Spokesperson,  Anurag Srivastava said:

“We have seen some comments by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on an issue relating to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). India is a democratic polity based on the rule of law and an independent judiciary. The framing of laws is obviously a sovereign prerogative. Violations of law, however, cannot be condoned under the pretext of human rights. A more informed view of the matter was expected of a UN body.”

The harsh comments by the Indian government come right after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told India to review the FCRA and its compliance with international human rights norms.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had regretted that it was being “used to deter or punish NGOs for human rights reporting”.

India has dismissed the claims made by Bachelet.

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