Stifling Dissent

Stifling Dissent

The Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in India

Book - 2016
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India's constitution protects the right to peaceful expression and its courts have issued numerous decisions that are protective of the right. However governments at both the national and state level persist in using harsh laws, many of them relics of the colonial era, to criminalize peaceful expression and arrest critics. While some prosecutions, in the end, have been dismissed or abandoned, many people who have engaged in nothing more than peaceful criticism have been arrested, held in pre-trial detention, and forced to defend themselves in costly criminal proceedings. Fear of such actions has led others to engage in self-censorship. In 2016 there has been a spike in the number of sedition cases filed nationwide. Human Rights Watch calls on the Indian government to drop all pending charges and investigations against those who are facing prosecution for the exercise of their right to freedom of expression, halt the abuse of the legal process and detain critics, and amend or repeal relevant laws to bring them into line with international human rights standards.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781623133542
Branch Call Number: 323.44 B16s
Characteristics: 116 pages ; 27 cm


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