The global agency working on the lines of human rights worldwide, UNHRC has asked Indian government, farmers, and the involving authorities to maximize restraint on the farmers protest. The agency has also asked government to find solutions in the interest of human rights.
Michelle Bachelet, high commissioner of UN Human Rights agency, tweeted on Friday night. Mentioning India, she said, “We call on the authorities and protesters to exercise maximum restraint in ongoing #FarmersProtests.”
Here’s the full official tweet:
#India: We call on the authorities and protesters to exercise maximum restraint in ongoing #FarmersProtests. The rights to peaceful assembly & expression should be protected both offline & online. It’s crucial to find equitable solutions with due respect to #HumanRights for all.
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) February 5, 2021
This is the first official comment made on the farmers protest by the global agency. However, no Indian officials have responded to the comments till now.
Before UN human rights, US had also urged Indian government to work out on the on-going protests against the newly formed farm bill laws. It further said to respect peaceful protests as it is the symbol of a democratic country.
It was a peaceful protest which turned into violence on Republic day when the Indian nation flag has been disrespected by few of the farmers from the crowd and situation turned berserk. Next day, barricades near the borders have been tightened and internet was shutdown in the surrounding areas.
Soon it became an international concern. According to The Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson from US State Department has also expressed the concern on Internet shutdowns in the tweet saying,
“We recognize that unhindered access to information, including the internet, is fundamental to the freedom of expression and a hallmark of a thriving democracy”
Indian government and leaders of farm union has been engaged in several round of talks but no results have been derived causing a deadlock condition.