India doesnt walk the talk on human rights: Amnesty

The country's first and second reviews took place in April 2008 and May 2012, respectively.

She said this support encourages Indonesia to innovate more on the implementation of human rights protections in the archipelago.

The statement also said that the Pakistani representative attacked the Indian government on its atrocities in Kashmir, the continuation of AFSPA, and the use of pellet guns, among other things.

"All the countries except Pakistan lashed out at India in solidarity with the Kashmir cause of self determination in consonance with the provisions incorporated in ICCPR (International covenant on Civil and Political Rights)".

Other than the state of human rights, the Philippine delegation would also present the state of the country's labor, employment, and vulnerable sectors which include women, children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. "India is a secular state with no state religion", he added.

In his address at the UNHCR, Rohatgi said India, however, remains conscious that the large backlog of cases often results in delays in their closure.

Spokesman: Iraqi forces launch new push in Mosul's west
The U.S. had issued the bridging equipment, so soldiers went forward with the Iraqis to help with quality control. Smoke is seen as members of the Iraqi Army clash with ISIS fighters at a frontline northwest of Mosul Friday.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi is leading the Indian delegation which also comprises Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West) in the External Affairs Ministry, P.S. Patwalia, Additional Solicitor General of India, and senior officials from the External Affairs, Home, Women and Child Development, Social Justice and Empowerment, Minority Affairs, Rural Development Ministries and the NITI Aayog.

"We want to share the overall picture of our human-rights based development programs, especially our gains, priorities in the coming years, as well as the major challenges at hand", Mr. Cayetano said.

Group of countries such as Germany, Vatican, Kazakhstan, Kenya, UK, South Korea and the Netherlands were apprehensive on the issues of religious intolerance and rights of minorities.

The delegation from Haiti, last to make suggestions, recommended that India set up a 'National Action Plan against racism and Afro-phobia'in the wake of the recent attacks on members of the African community in India; defending itself, the Indian delegation claimed that India has historically stood against racism and thus it was not possible for Indian's to have a racist mindset.

Spain, Italy, Namibia, Portugal, Ireland and Belgium among other countries spoke of the need to have a moratorium on the death penalty in India and eventually abolish it altogether. He repeatedly mentioned the role the judiciary played in upholding human rights in India. "However, the United States also said that the violence perpetrated by the police and other security personnel still persists", the statement added.

India faced criticism on its record on torture and failure to ratify the relevant Convention against Torture (CAT) at the 27 session of UPR -3 (Universal Periodic Review) conducted by the UN Human Rights Council at its offices at Geneva on May 4, a statement issued by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) said. It is among 14 countries to be reviewed in the current cycle.

  • Regina Holmes