July 30, 2010, 9:21 a.m.
Finding a balance between security and human rights is an issue that every democracy must deal with. As the world's largest democracy, India is no different. Human Rights Watch has released a report, which urges the Indian government to revise its 2008 amendments to counterterrorism laws that it claims can lead to serious violations of human rights.
The 20-page report, "Back to the Future: India's 2008 Counterterrorism Laws," is an analysis of the amendments to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), enacted after the November 26, 2008 attacks on Mumbai that killed 166 people and injured over 300. Comparing them to previous legislation, the report finds that the new amendments contain provisions that are also likely to result in abuse of terrorism suspects and the infringement of basic due process rights.