India snubs UNHCR report citing Greenpeace issue

India snubs UNHCR report citing Greenpeace issue

India snubs UNHCR report citing Greenpeace issue

India snubs UNHCR report citing Greenpeace issue

India dismissed as “misplaced enthusiasm” the reference to its crackdown of the environmental agency Greenpeace by a Special Rapporteur of UN Human Rights Commission.

“There are thousands of NGOs receiving foreign funding in India,” India’s permanent representative to UN offices in Geneva Ajit Kumar said in a discussion on a report titled “Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association” on Wednesday.
“Highlighting the cause of one organisation without explaining the case in its legal entirety reflects misplaced enthusiasm,” Kumar added.

UN HCR’s Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai, a Kenyan lawyer, presented the report to the agency last month.

Kiai said NGOs engaged in “environmental protection, or community mobilization against natural resource exploitation activities, or generally any activities perceived as a threat to natural resource exploitation operations” faced “heightened risks of restrictions of their rights” in different countries.

Governments of several countries placed “restrictions on access to foreign funding to curtail the activities of associations engaged in environmental protection work,” which often focused on “natural resource exploitation activities”, he said, citing India’s crackdown of Greenpeace.

“In India, for example, the Government in 2014 blocked funding from foreign sources to Greenpeace India, although the High Court ultimately ordered the release of funds,” he said.

“The freedom of peaceful assembly and association is enshrined as a fundamental right in Article 19 of the Indian Constitution,” the Indian representative informed the UN HCR responding to the Greenpeace reference.
 



 
 

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