"In recent years, hundreds of people have been killed or injured in India in attacks conducted by an array of militant groups with religious, separatist, or nationalist agendas. Time and again, Indian state police and other security forces have committed serious human rights violations in their quest to identify the perpetrators. While the authorities are under intense pressure to solve these heinous crimes and prevent future attacks, such responses are both unlawful and counterproductive. The 'Anti-Nationals' documents the Indian security forces' use of torture and coercion to obtain confessions, as well as other abusive methods against terrorism suspects. The report focuses on the mistreatment of alleged members of the militant Islamist group Indian Mujahideen, which has claimed responsibility for a half-dozen bombings and other deadly attacks since 2008. It also details evidence of abuse of Hindu nationalist suspects charged in a bombing in 2008. The report is based on interviews with over 160 people, including suspects, their relatives and lawyers, civil society groups, security experts, and law enforcement officials. The 'Anti-Nationals' outlines steps that the Indian authorities should take to end abuses and hold those responsible to account. It also urges the government to revise counterterrorism measures reinstated after the brutal 2008 attack on Mumbai that could facilitate torture, prolonged detention without charge, and other abuses. Without these institutional changes, India risks alienating its populace and inadvertently bolstering the lure of violent groups."--P.  of cover.
"This report was researched and written by Letta Tayler, researcher in the Terrorism and Counterterrorism program, and Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch."--P. 106. "February 2011"--P. following t.p. verso.
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Map of India Summary Recommendations for Immediate Action by the Indian Government Methodology I. Recent Attacks Attributed to Islamist and Hindu Militant Groups Indian Mujahideen Students Islamic Movement of India Lashkar-e-Taiba Abhinav Bharat Major Attacks on Civilians in India Since 2001 Past Responses: Abusive and Ineffective II. Torture and Other Ill-Treatment of Terrorism Suspects Torture in Police Custody Forced Confessions in Police Lockups Beatings in Jail Protections against Torture and Other Ill-Treatment Suspicious Killings: The Batla House Encounter III. Arbitrary Detention Arrests of Relatives to Coerce Surrenders or Obtain Information Extended Police Custody Mass Arrests for Questioning Denial of Access to Lawyers and Family Members Protections against Arbitrary Detention IV. Religious and Ethnic Discrimination V. The Malegaon Blast: Hindu Suspects Allege Abuse VI. Attacks on Lawyers Threats against the Mumbai Gunman's Defenders VII. Failure of Accountability Indifferent or Biased Courts Conduct in the Kasab Trial National Human Rights Commission VIII. Draconian Counterterrorism Laws Maharashtra Organized Crime Law Laws of 2008: Repeating Past Abuses Amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act NIAA: Potential for Abuse IX. Reforming the Response to Attacks Inadequate Responses Steps toward Reform X. Recommendations To the Indian Central Government To the Indian State Governments To Concerned Governments and Multilateral Organizations Acknowledgements.
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Online version: Tayler, Letta. "anti-nationals". New York, NY, USA : Human Rights Watch, c2011