UN expert welcomes India plan to repeal farm laws that sparked deadly protests

Asha Bajaj
3 min readNov 27, 2021

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New York/Canadian-Media: A UN human rights expert welcomed India’s decision to repeal three contentious farm laws that sparked a year of nationwide protests which left 600 people dead.

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In a statement released this Friday, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Michael Fakhri, also urged the Government to ensure accountability for the casualties.

“To truly turn the page on this painful chapter, it is incumbent on the authorities to heed calls for accountability concerning the casualties reported during the protests and guarantee measures to prevent any repetition of such events”, he argued.

Contentious laws The three agricultural laws which had the goal of deregulating the market were passed in 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were widely criticized for having been rushed through Parliament without enough consultation with affected communities.

In a surprise announcement on 19 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the laws would be repealed at the next session of the legislative body.

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Asha Bajaj

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