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

 

Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>

Werewolf: The Maverick On Moloka’i

Monday, April 17 was Moloka’i’s turn for some face-to-face time with Tulsi Gabbard, who is part Samoan and part haole (pakeha), a practising Hindu, and a Middle East combat veteran. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>

ALSO:

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO: