The Amnesty International has slammed violent action against Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students who were protesting against the anti-Muslim Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
The human rights body’s Executive Director, Avinash Kumar, in a statement said the arrest of protesters violates India’s obligations under international law. Amnesty said the allegations that the police brutally beat up and sexually harassed Jamia students must be investigated and those responsible must be prosecuted.
Avinash Kumar said the arrest of protesters violates India’s obligations under international law, specifically the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, set out in Article 19 and Article 21 of that treaty.
Protests which were erupted after the passage of controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which granted to minorities excluding Muslims, have spread across the country as 200 million Muslims fear the legislation is part of the Hindu nationalist government’s agenda to marginalise them.
A protest in the Indian capital against a new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent on Tuesday (Dec 17) after police fired tear gas at demonstrators. Security forces used tear gas to disperse crowds after protestors pelted them with stones in Seelampur, New Delhi, said a police official, with reports of multiple clashes across the area.
Meanwhile, students and activists allege they were subjected to beating, humiliation and abuse by police when protesting against the bill on the campus of university.
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