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India: Growing Crackdown on Activists, Rights Groups

Expand People celebrate the Indian Supreme Court decision to strike down a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex conduct, in Bangalore, India, September 6, 2018. © 2018 Aijaz Rahi/AP Photo (New York) – The Indian government intensified its harassment and at times prosecution of critics in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Authorities used draconian sedition and counterterrorism laws to silence peaceful dissent, and foreign funding regulations and other laws to discredit and muzzle nongovernmental organizations critical of government actions or policies. In a landmark…

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