Human Rights

Denial of human rights and freedoms goes hand in hand with poverty and political powerlessness. Millions suffer discrimination, intimidation, arbitrary detention, violence and death. Several governments in India have been using torture as a coercive tool. Therefore, India Greens Party shall:

  1. endorse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, and other international instruments for the protection of rights and freedoms. We believe that these rights are universal and indivisible and that national governments are responsible for upholding them.
  2. condemn all dictatorships and regimes which deny human rights, regardless of their political claims.
  3. work with local communities to promote awareness of human rights, and to ensure that the UN Commission for Human Rights and other treaty bodies are adequately resourced.
  4. call for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be amended to include rights to a healthy natural environment and intergenerational rights to natural and cultural resources.
  5. uphold the right of women to make their own decisions, including the control of their fertility by the means they deem appropriate free from discrimination or coercion; support the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); urge non-signatories to sign and ratify without further delay; and urge existing signatories to remove all reservations.
  6. support the right of indigenous peoples, land rights, and access to traditional hunting and fishing rights for their own subsistence, using humane and ecologically sustainable techniques; and support moves for indigenous people to set up and work through their own international bodies.
  7. support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the minimum standard of protection accepted by indigenous peoples, and support moves for indigenous people to set up and work through their own international bodies.
  8. demand that torturers are held accountable, and campaign for them to be brought to justice.
  9. oppose any violation of the physical integrity of the individual by torture, punishment or any other practices including traditional and religious mutilation.
  10. demand that the death penalty be abolished worldwide.
  11. call for governments to ensure that all asylum-seekers, whether they are victims of state violence or independent armed groups, are correctly treated in accordance with the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Rights to Asylum; have access to fair processes; are not arbitrarily detained; and are not returned to a country where they might suffer violations of their fundamental human rights, or face the risk of death, torture, or other inhuman treatment.
  12. call for the prohibition of collective expulsion.
  13. uphold the right of all workers to safe, fairly remunerated employment, with the freedom to unionise.
  14. support the right of children to grow up free from the need to work, and the establishment of a lower age limit for working children/adolescents.
  15. dmand decriminalisation of homosexuality, and support the right of gay and lesbian people to their lifestyle, and the equal rights of homosexual relationships.
  16. work to improve the opportunities of disabled people to live and work equally in society, including true political participation.
  17. support the right of linguistic minorities to use their own language.