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New York City Bar Association Report Hails Indian Government

India should limit the use of its tough anti–terrorism laws and push ahead with long–overdue police and criminal justice reforms, a New York–based lawyers’ group said Tuesday.

However, the report by the Committee on International Human Rights of the New York City Bar Association hailed the Indian government for its restraint in the wake of July train bombings in Mumbai that killed over 200 people.

“Respect for human rights when combating terrorism is a strategic imperative,” said Anil Kalhan of the committee’s India project…

The 135–page report, based on a two–week visit to India in 2005 by several of the association’s members, recommended greater transparency in decision–making to ensure the uniform application of laws across the country.

Associated Press
September 25, 2006