NEW DELHI: Expressing hope for an “equitable solution” to the farmers’ “crisis”, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said the farmers’ protests highlight the need for governments to consult all stakeholders before introducing any new legislations.
Bachelet made the comments while updating the UN Human Rights Council on recent human rights issues in more than 50 countries, including China, Pakistan and Russia. Bachelet also criticised the Centre for police action against journalists and protesters and claimed that charges of sedition being levelled against journalists who are covering the protests “are disturbing departures from essential human rights principles”.
Reacting sharply to her remarks, Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, Permanent Representative of India, reiterated the Centre’s stance on the new farm laws and said the legislations aim to double famers’ income by 2024.
“The purpose of enacting three Farm Acts is to enable farmers to realise better price for their produce and enhance their income. It will particularly benefit small farmers and offer more choices to those farmers who opt for them.
“The Government has shown utmost respect for protests by farmers and has remained engaged in dialogue with them to address their concerns,” Pandey said in his National Statement.
In her statement, Bachelet said, “In India, continued protests by hundreds of thousands of farmers highlight the importance of ensuring laws and policies are based on meaningful consultations with those concerned.”
“I trust that ongoing dialogue efforts by both sides will lead to an equitable solution to this crisis that respects the rights of all,” she added.