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Sunday, 01 April 2012 - 8:53
UN asks India to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act
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The United Nations has asked India to repeal the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, saying it had no role to play in a democracy.

A UN Special Rapporteur yesterday urged India to repeal the controversial law that gives its military special powers to act in troubled areas.

Christof Heyns, UN's Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, told reporters that the Act has become a "symbol of excessive state power" and "has no role to play in a democracy".

His comments came after the conclusion of his 12-day fact-finding mission to examine situations of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in India.

As part of his fact-finding mission Heyns visited Gujarat, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and West Bengal and met secretaries of various ministries, police officers, human rights activists and other officials in these states.

 

The UN Special Rapporteur's final conclusions and recommendations will be submitted as a comprehensive report to the Human Rights Council at a future session in 2013.

 

Heyns' visit is the first mission to India by an expert mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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