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Amnesty India calls for journalist’s protection

Expressing concern over journalist Prashant Rahi, held in Aheri police station, Maharashtra,  Amnesty International India called on the state authorities to ensure he is protected from torture and any form of ill-treatment.

52-year-old Prashant Rahi,  a freelance journalist and activist from the state of Uttarakhand  was arrested on 1 September, 2013. He has been actively working to secure legal aid for people arrested on suspicion of having links with the Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI Maoist).

Prashant Rahi is being held under India’s principal anti-terror legislation, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), for allegedly being involved in unlawful activities, being a member of and supporting a terrorist organization.

The police also suspect Prashant Rahi of involvement in criminal conspiracy. A local court has remanded him in police custody until 16 September 2013.  'Parts of the UAPA do not meet international human rights standards and are likely to lead to human rights violations. Amendments to the Act in 2008 extended the minimum period of detention of suspects from 15 to 30 days and the maximum period of such detention from 90 to 180 days,' said Amnesty.
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