India’s human rights record came up for review under the Universal Periodic Review Process at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday. Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi presented India’s endeavours towards observance of human rights supported by rights-oriented constitutional framework, secular policy, independent judiciary and free and vibrant Media.
Speaking at the third Universal Period Review of India in Geneva, Rohatgi said India believes that the goal of achieving human rights calls for constant dialogue, engagement and coordination among various stakeholders. He said, India remain convinced that inclusive and equitable development is the key to securing a life of dignity, security, empowerment and freedom for all.
Referring to the the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Mr Rohatgi said, it is applied only to disturbed areas where the law and order machinery is dealing with exigent circumstances like terrorism. He said, safeguarding the rights of minorities is an essential core of the Indian polity.