Human rights activists "face risks" in India.

UN Calling Asia- a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

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Human rights activists in India are finding it increasingly difficult to carry out their work. That’s according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya. She says the national and state human rights commissions should do much more to ensure a safe environment for activists. Ms Sekaggya has recently visited five Indian states. Gerry Adams asked her what she found.



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Producer: Jocelyne Sambira
Duration: 10:00

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Human rights activists “face risks” in India

Margaret Sekaggya

Human rights activists in India are finding it increasingly difficult to carry out their work. That’s according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya. She says the national and state human rights commissions should do much more to ensure a safe environment for activists. Ms Sekaggya has recently visited five Indian states. Gerry Adams asked her what she found.

Duration: 3’28″

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