“The next five years will show whether India is willing to be seen as a true global power by upholding human rights at home and abroad, or whether it will continue to be driven by politics and narrow conceptions of national interest,” said Mr. Velath.
The “14 for 2014” human rights charter calls on political parties to incorporate 14 key human rights issues in their election manifestos. It includes issues of business and human rights, reforms to the criminal justice system, violence against women, the death penalty, migrant workers’ rights, human rights through education, a principled approach to human rights abuses abroad, and ensuring the passage of an anti-torture bill in Parliament.
Importantly, it wants the probable prime ministers to hold armed forces accountable for human rights violations by repealing AFSPA and enact a law to abolish death penalty.
you repeal Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code — which deals with
the offence of sedition — which is inconsistent with international
standards on freedom of expression? Will you disclose the details of
the Central Monitoring System — including its permitted grounds of
surveillance and the safeguards on its misuse — and ensure that it
proceeds only after due consultation with the public deliberations in
the Parliament,” are some questions submitted to political parties.