Request to raise serious concerns and urge progress on the situation of human rights defenders during the upcoming 15th EU-India Summit of 15 July 2020

  • To European Council President Charles Michel
  • To European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen
  • To High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell Fontelles
  • Cc: EU Special Representative Eamon Gilmore

Your Excellencies,

Amnesty International (AI), CSW, Front Line Defenders (FLD), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN), Minority Rights Group International (MRG), together with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, following up on their respective letters to the office of the HR/VP from January, are writing to ask you to raise concerns regarding the deteriorating condition of human rights defenders in India during the upcoming EU-India Summit, and to take India’s deteriorating human rights record thoroughly into account in the reshaping of the EU-India relationship.