The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday urged both the Indian government and the protesting farmers to exercise maximum restraint.
“We call on the authorities and protesters to exercise maximum restraint in ongoing #FarmersProtests,” it tweeted. “The rights to peaceful assembly & expression should be protected both offline & online. It’s crucial to find equitable solutions with due respect to #HumanRights for all.”
On Thursday, the United States had urged the Narendra Modi government to resolve its differences with the farmers over the recently passed agriculture reforms through dialogue, saying that peaceful protests are a “hallmark of any thriving democracy”.
Tens of thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi’s border points for over two months, seeking the repeal of agricultural laws passed in September. The protests had largely been peaceful but violence erupted on…