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UN puts India, Israel In 'shameful' list of 38 countries for HR violations

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The United Nations has listed India and Israel, two best allies, among 38 shameful countries, which it said had carried out reprisals or intimida­tion against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests.

According to sources, Allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalization, and public stigmatization campaigns targeting victims and human rights de­fenders were also included on the list.

Authorities repeatedly charged hu­man rights activists with terrorism or charged them for cooperating with foreign entities or damaging the state's reputation or security, it added.

"There is a worrying bias in the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism strategies by states as an argu­ment for barring access by communities and civil society organizations to the United Nations," the report said.

Women supporting the UN had re­ported intimidations including rape and being subject to online slander attacks, and UN staff often encountered people who were too afraid to speak to them, even at UN headquarters in New York and Geneva.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour, who will present the report to the Human Rights Council next week, said in a statement that the cases in the report were the tip of the iceberg. "We are also frequently wit­nessing legal, political and administrative barriers used to threaten and mute the civil society," he said.