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ACHR Index: PR/IND/EU/01/11/03
28 November 2003
EU-India Summit urged to address anti-terror laws,
Nepal and Burma situations

The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today urged the fourth EU-India summit taking place in New Delhi on 29 November 2003 to address due process of law in the war against terror and the human rights situations in neighbouring Nepal and Myanmar.

"The due process of law must be upheld in the war against terror. The misuse of Prevention of Terrorism Act of India is reflected from the fact the highest numbers of detainees are not from Jammu and Kashmir, the central focus of India's war against terror but from Jharkhand where Adivasis have been affected. The detainees in Jharkhand include children as young as 12 years old and elderly as old as 81 years" - stated Suhas Chakma, Director of ACHR.

The EU-India summit must not only focus on the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan but also the situations in Nepal and Burma.

The situation in Nepal is alarming and about 1000 persons have been killed since the collapse of the cease-fire between the Maoists and the government on 27 August 2003. The National Human Rights Commission of Nepal has also received complaints of over 100 cases of disappearances by the security forces. The military has refused to respond to the NHRC and even refused to accept the orders of the Supreme Court of Nepal. In such a situation of lawlessness, Prime Minister has set up National Centre for Promotion of Human Rights to undermine the NHRC. "As there is no military solution to the crisis, EU-India summit should urge Nepal to invite mediation by the United Nations and also allow the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish monitoring offices in Nepal' - stated Mr Chakma.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Prof. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro after his visit to Myanmar from 2-8 November 2003 reported about the regression of human rights situations. India-EU summit should demand the unconditional release of Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and all of her colleagues and that India should substantively contribute to the efforts of the ASEAN and United Nations to make progress in the national reconciliation process and restoration of democracy in Myanmar.[END]


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