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Targeted attacks and repeated Harassment of Social activist Harsh Mander


In the wake of a recent raid conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at the residence and offices of Dr. Harsh Mander, a noted human rights activist and founder of the Centre for Equity Studies (CES), concerns regarding the harassment of human rights defenders (HRDs) in India have intensified. Dr. Mander, known for his advocacy on communal harmony and criticism of governmental actions, has faced repeated targeting by central agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and suspension of CES's FCRA license by the Union home ministry. Such actions are viewed as reprisals for his legitimate human rights work, reflecting a broader trend of criminalizing activism and dissent through misuse of legal provisions.

This pattern of targeting HRDs not only violates their rights but also undermines the principles of democracy and constitutional values. HRDA filed a Urgent appeal for intervention by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), including vocal condemnation of such targeting and the exercise of statutory powers, is imperative to uphold democracy, protect human rights, and ensure accountability for state actions. Additionally, adherence to international declarations and regional action plans aimed at safeguarding HRDs' rights should be integral to the NHRC's mandate, underscoring the importance of monitoring and addressing such violations.

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