Freedom House report incorrect misleading government says India News
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NEW DELHI: The authorities on Friday termed as “misleading, incorrect and misplaced” the Freedom House report titled ‘Democracy Under Siege’, which mentioned India’s standing as a free nation declined to “partly free” in 2020.
The rebuttal got here whilst Freedom House discovered itself within the midst of a row over a truncated map of India which didn’t present J&Ok. The non-profit defined that this was as a result of J&Ok was a separate report, however the image of the map in its report, tweeted amongst others by Sanjeev Sanyal, principal financial advisor within the finance ministry, noticed a heated dialogue on social media.
An official assertion by the data and broadcasting ministry mentioned governments on the Centre and in states, usually completely different, had been appointed by way of a free and honest election course of, which mirrored India’s “vibrant democracy” and which “gives space to those who hold varying views”.
Freedom House, which charges folks’s entry to political rights and civil liberties in 210 nations and territories by way of its annual ‘Freedom in the World’ report, had on March three launched its India report by which it pointed to a decline within the nation’s whole rating and standing to a “partly free” nation.
Separately, the report additionally referred to “Indian Kashmir” as “not free”. The report mentioned India’s standing declined from ‘free’ to ‘partly free’ attributable to a “multi-year pattern in which the Hindu nationalist government and its allies presided over rising violence and discriminatory policies affecting the Muslim population”.
Rebutting the report’s claims of the federal government’s alleged discriminatory insurance policies in opposition to Muslims with explicit reference to the north-east Delhi riots in February 2020, the ministry assertion mentioned the federal government handled all its residents with equality as enshrined within the Constitution and legal guidelines had been utilized with out discrimination.
The authorities additionally took exception to the report’s evaluation in regards to the frequent use of the sedition legislation. ‘Public order’ and ‘police’, the assertion mentioned, had been state topics beneath India’s federal construction of governance. “The responsibility of maintaining law and order, including investigation, registration and prosecution of crimes, protection of life and property etc., rests primarily with the concerned state governments. Therefore, measures as deemed fit are taken by law enforcement authorities to preserve public order,” it mentioned.
The authorities mentioned the coronavirus-induced lockdown in India was based mostly on states’ evaluation of the unfold of the virus and mentioned the Centre took a number of measures to mitigate folks’s misery throughout the lockdown interval to offer meals, healthcare and shelter to homeless and migrant staff, amongst different measures.
The authorities additionally mentioned it has a strong human rights safety mechanism within the National Human Rights Commission and SHRCs.

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