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India signed the Convention against Torture in October 1997. More than twenty years later, and despite repeated commitments by the government, its ratification is still pending. Far from being put on hold, torture is still a common practice. The OMCT supports local partners in their documentation and advocacy work and is among the initiators of a Coalition Against Torture pushing for the ratification of the Convention and the adoption of a national anti-torture law.
The environment for human rights defenders has significantly deteriorated in the past years. They are regularly subjected to attacks, arbitrary detention and judicial harassment, including under terrorism charges, generally in full impunity. Those defending the rights of minorities and marginalised groups such as the Adivasi and the Dalit are particularly targeted.