World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


INDIA: Will the new government prioritise the rule of law?

INDIA: Will the new government prioritise the rule of law?

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) congratulates the people of India and the Election Commission for successfully concluding a free and fair national election. This election has shown once again that the people of India value their ballot and are capable of changing governments through democratic and peaceful means.

The task now falls upon the political parties that will form a new government to ensure that the vibrancy of this democratic process is preserved. The new government will have the responsibility of resolving issues concerning justice, equality, dignity and opportunity in the country. The AHRC hopes that the new government will deliver on its promises, on the basis of which Indians have voted it to power.

Emphasis must be placed on improving the quality of life of all Indians. Despite all claims of economic achievement, 60% of the population live in poverty. The government will be judged, domestically and internationally, on how it tackles child malnutrition. Public expenditure on health and education will also be of vital interest.

Establishing a stable regime of the rule of law will be fundamental to the government being able to address such issues. The AHRC has been communicating with the Government of India about its failures in establishing the rule of law. Often, the people have had to take to the streets to demonstrate their anger against the government for its failure to address crime, particularly concerning sexual violence.

The impact of corruption on India has yet to be addressed. Will the new government continue business as usual or will it implement structural changes to end the culture of corruption? Policing policy, and the radical changes needed to reform primitive policing in India, is a related matter. Torture and extrajudicial executions in India must end. Development, as promised, is impossible without a rule of law regime; and establishment of the rule of law necessitates that India be unchained from the corruption, violence, and impunity that prevails.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Cyclone Pam Drives Up Contraceptive Demand In Vanuatu

UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 31, 2015) - Katherine Silas grimaces but one is not entirely sure if it is in response to pain or merely the sight of the needle being used to implant the long-term contraceptive, jadelle, a week after Cyclone ... More>>

Palestine: Border Police Extremely Close When They Shot The US Activist

New testimony at final hearing in Tristan Anderson's trial indicates Border Police were extremely close when they shot the US activist in the head More>>

Palestine: Ni’lin Demonstrators Met With Violence

International Solidarity Movement On the 20th of March, during Ni’lin’s weekly Friday demonstration, Israeli occupation forces attacked protestors with about 20 rounds of tear gas canisters shot with the ‘venom’ tear gas launcher mounted on a military jeep ... More>>

ALSO:

UN Envoy Says Yemen On 'Rapid Downward Spiral'

Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned today as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition. More>>


Continued International Support As Vanuatu Recovers

Damage seen on Saturday 14 March 2015 in Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam moved through the Archipelago. Photo: UNICEF Pacific More>>

UNICEF Rushes Emergency Supplies For Cyclone-Affected Tuvalu

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in Tuvalu as part of its efforts to assist communities in the Pacific region that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam, with nutrition and hygiene kits arriving today. More>>

Guinea Reports Highest Weekly Ebola Case Total This Year

Guinea reports highest weekly Ebola case total so far this year, new UN data shows More>>


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news