- United NationsSpecial Rapporteur
Free Speech. Holding the Indian Parliament/Government Accountable.
The Indian Government is currently in violation of basic democratic and civil liberties in relation to peaceful protesters. It has suppressed many individuals from peacefully protesting against the system's irrational policies.
- Special Rapporteur
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The Indian Government is currently in violation of basic democratic and civil liberties in relation to peaceful protesters. They are in breach of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They are currently mistreating a human rights defender. This is unlawful under the UN regulations.
They have currently issued unlawful privilege notices against two civilians who were making critical remarks of parliamentarians. These privilege notices do not have a rational basis.
The directive that is persuasive is this provided by Sedley LJ
"Redmond-Bate v Director of Public Prosecutions  EWHC Admin 732 which is persuasive in all jurisdictions "Mr. Kealy was prepared to accept that blame could not attach for a breach of the peace to a speaker so long as what she said was inoffensive. This will not do. Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and the provocative provided it does not tend to provoke violence. Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having. What Speakers’ Corner (where the law applies as fully as anywhere else) demonstrates is the tolerance which is both extended by the law to opinion of every kind and expected by the law in the conduct of those who disagree, even strongly, with what they hear. From the condemnation of Socrates to the persecution of modern writers and journalists, our world has seen too many examples of state control of unofficial ideas. A central purpose of the European Convention on Human Rights has been to set close limits to any such assumed power. We in this country continue to owe a debt to the jury which in 1670 refused to convict the Quakers William Penn and William Mead for preaching ideas which offended against state orthodoxy"
This persuasive in different jurisdictions especially in India. The Indian Parliament derives its basis from the British style of governance.
Please review the Indian government's unlawful policies that have been acting as a silencer to those who criticise it. It is now clear that the state police and Parliament is being used to curb freedom of expression. This essentially means that the information delivered to the people of India is streamlined and controlled. This is unacceptable.
Dr Rita Pal
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