The organisation slammed the recent NIA raids on activists’ homes, NGOs and a newspaper office in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, and Bangalore.
HRW is among several international organisations that have criticised the human rights situation in India. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet had raised several concerns while pointing to three “problematic” laws: the FCRA, the Citizenship Amendment Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights had also raised concerns about seeing the “rule of law deteriorate” and the crackdown on dissent in the country. They called on India to uphold its pledge to “continue to foster the genuine participation and effective involvement of civil society in the promotion and protection of human rights”.
The 2020 ‘Democracy Report’ by V-Dem Institute observed India was on the verge of losing its status as a democracy and referred to “the dive in press freedom along with increasing repression of civil society in India associated with the current Hindu-nationalist regime of Prime Minister Narendra Modi” as an early warning sign of autocratization.