CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING (POSTPONED): FATF and India’s Use of Counterterrorism Laws to Target Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders
This roundtable aims to illuminate the misuse of anti-terror laws by India, specifically highlighting their use to suppress civil society, purportedly in the name of Financial Action Task Force compliance. These international recommendations meant to protect countries from threats of terrorism can be used by oppressive regimes to justify their assault on the activities of civil society. Within India, these recommendations have encouraged the creation and abuse of the draconian UAPA, or “Unlawful Activities Prevention Act”. This law, which can be implemented very broadly to imprison political dissenters, is the method by which many of the Indian men and women on the Freedom of Religion and Belief Victims List have been detained.
In recent months, this issue has been addressed in reports by both Amnesty International USA and the American Bar Association. We invite you to join us to hear more on this issue from our distinguished panel of experts, including representatives from these organizations.
WHAT: FATF and India’s Use of Counterterrorism Laws to Target Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders
WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
Dr. Waris Husain, Senior Legal Advisor, American Bar Association Center for Human Rights
Carolyn Nash, Asia Advocacy Director, Amnesty International USA
John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
This event is co-hosted by Genocide Watch, World Without Genocide, Indian American Muslim Council, Hindus for Human Rights, Dalit Solidarity Forum, New York State Council of Churches, Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America, India Civil Watch International, Center for Pluralism, International Commission for Dalit Rights, American Muslim Institution, International Commission for Dalit Rights, International Society for Peace and Justice, The Humanism Project and Association of Indian Muslims of America.