Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has invited a trouble as the sequel to his clampdown against the protests that held in the state three years back. A complaint has been filed against him by an international lawyers' group amid his visit to Davos, Switzerland.
Yogi Adityanath is touring Davos between January 16 to January 20 to attend the World Economic Forum. In the midst of his tour, the international criminal and human rights lawyers' group, Guernica 37 Chambers, has filed a complaint with the Office of Swiss Federal Prosecutor against Yogi Adityanath for his action of suppressing the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in his state between December 2019 and January 2020.
The complaint was filed on January 17 and the group has said that Yogi Adityanath has committed crimes against humanity. The complaint was filed under the principle of universal jurisdiction as provided in Article 264, that deals with Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, of the Swiss Criminal Code. According to The News Minute, Toby Cadman, the founder of Guernica 37 Group said that both the contents of the criminal report and the details of victims, complainants, and petitioners have been kept confidential with the view of their life and safety.
In a statement, Guernica 37 Chambers said, "Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is reported to have ordered the false imprisonment, torture, and murder of civilians between December 2019 and January 2020 in the state of Uttar Pradesh to suppress protests against the adoption of the Citizenship Amendment Act in India. As set out in the criminal report, these acts may amout to crimes against humanity as they are alleged to have been committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against civilians, mostly the Muslim population in the country."
The lawyers' forum has further noted that there is sufficient basis to believe that senior members of the Uttar Pradesh government, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, are responsible for directing the Uttar Pradesh under their command. The forum stated the Chief Minister's role in the escalation of police violence is apparent in a speech that he delivered on December 19, 2019, in which he called the police to take revenge against protesters.
The group has also noted that the Chief Minister doesn't enjoy diplomatic immunity for these crimes. "The opening of an investigation by the Swiss authorities will serve as official recognition and acknowledgement of the gravity of the alleged crimes and recognition of the status of the victims, that they have thus far failed to receive at the domestic or international levels, and it will further serve as evidence that the culture of impunity will not be tolerated", the international lawyers' group added.