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farm laws: UN human rights expert welcomes Indian government decision to repeal farm laws

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Highlights

  • UN expressed happiness over the return of all three agricultural laws in India
  • UN special envoy said – India’s entire food system was at stake due to laws
  • Said- I respect the long process completed for making law

United Nations/Geneva
A top UN human rights expert welcomed the Indian government’s decision to repeal all three controversial agricultural laws. He expressed hope that future decisions regarding agricultural reforms would be in line with the country’s human rights commitments and would be taken after positive dialogue with farmers, communities and unions. The Government of India has got the Agricultural Laws Return Bill passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the first day of the winter session of Parliament on Monday.

PM Modi had announced on 19 November
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, 19 November, announced that his government had decided to repeal all three agricultural laws. Significantly, farmers have been agitating against these laws for the last one year. Along with making the announcement, the Prime Minister had also called upon the farmers to return to their respective homes.

Appeal to people to end the movement and go back home
PM Modi had emphasized that these laws were in the interest of the farmers and the government could not explain this to a section of farmers despite having a clear heart and clear intentions. After which he also appealed to the farmers to end the agitation and go home.

UN special envoy expressed happiness
UN Special Envoy on the Right to Food Michael Fakhri said that India’s entire food system was at stake because of these laws. We hope that future decisions regarding agricultural reforms will be in line with the country’s human rights commitments and will be taken after positive dialogue with farmers, communities and unions.

UN envoy praises ‘peaceful’ protests
He said on Friday that I respect the lengthy process completed to enact the law, but what has happened in the last one year reflects the deep discontent within hundreds of thousands of people. He said this shows that freedom of expression is an important tool in empowering people to effect policy change through demonstrations and peaceful protests.

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