SRINAGAR: Government of India has merely “noted” recommendations of 30 countries that had asked for amending the laws on human rights in the 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons said Thursday.
In a statement issued here, Chairperson Parveena Ahangar said that the Indian state only “noted” the recommendations on Enforced Disappearances in the UPR 3rd instead of “accepting” the same. On September 21, the statement said that, in its response to UPR 3rd, held in May 2017, the state of India did not accept the number of recommendations advocated by many member nations.
“The countries like Pakistan, Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden etc had shown displeasure over many laws and human rights violations that are rampant in India, and, had recommended to amend the laws and stop the violations. In the same session, 30 countries urged India to ratify the treaties on torture, enforced disappearance and other human rights issues,” the statement said.
An APDP statement said that the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights s situations are assessed.