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EU MPs urge Indian government to investigate use of Pegasus against Bhima Koregaon accused

In a letter, the MPs also sought broader constitutional reforms that prevent the persecution of human rights defenders.

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The use of spyware, malware, and digital surveillance tools on the 16 accused in the Bhima Koregaon case was flagged by 21 members of the European Union (EU) Parliament, in an open letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and others on March 8. In the letter, the MPs particularly raise concerns about with the use of malware 'like Pegasus and NetWire' against the accused or their lawyers, and have asked the Indian government to hold those responsible to account. "We draw your attention to the most recent endorsement by India of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in September 2020, and the Human Rights Dialogue between India and EU and wish to emphasize that any deepening of EU-India ties will have to be ratified by the European Parliament." — Letter written by EU MP Alviina Alametsä…

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