The legal cell of farmers’ union, which volunteering legal services to release the detaied farmers and finding out missing farmers, has written a five-page letter to the United Nations Human Rights Commission on the ‘illegal detention’ of protesting farmers and internet suspension.
A total of 127 protesters have been detained since the January 26 tractor rally at the Lal Quila, Delhi.
The lawyer collective has now written to India head of the United Human Rights Commission with demands to
clear identification of the interrogation officers, memo of arrests, information to family members of those arrested, diary entries, and medical check-up are some of their demands.
The lawyer’s body alleged that the government is acting arbitrarily against the agitating farmers.
“Since the initiation of the protest, farmers are getting arrested by police from the protest site unreasonably and inappropriately,” the lawyer’s body said.
The lawyers said that the police are ‘commitying grave errors’ by flouting all the guidelines which were laid down by the Supreme Court in the prominent DK Basu vs State of West Bengal judgement.
The lawyers further urged the UN rights body to interfere into the human rights violation perpitrated on the farmers and set guildelines for the government.
“That your lordship, as the matter of Human Rights violations, we want your concern towards the situation of farmers in India and in the on-going agitation, kindly interfere in the matter and issue guidelines to the state for violating the human rights,” the lawyers requested the UNHRC.
On February 5, UN Human Rights office issued statement calling upon the Indian government and the protesting farmers to exercise maximum restraint. It also pointed out reminded the government that “the rights to peaceful assemby should be protected both offline and online”.