Human Rights

Human Rights

There seems no light at the end of the tunnel for Sanjiv Bhatt | Comment

As whistle-blower IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt completes one year in jail, the message from Gandhi’s Gujarat in his 150th birth anniversary seems ominous: If you speak the Truth, you shall be banished!

September 6,2019

Human Rights

‘Pakistan using Kashmiris as pawns against India’: Exiled Uyghur rights’ activist Halmurrat Harri

If PM Imran Khan were genuinely concerned about defending freedom, then the persecution of Pakistan minorities would have stopped by now, the beleaguered activist tells Dhairya Maheshwari in a telephonic interview

August 22,2019

Human Rights

PHRA Amendment 2019 – a critical analysis

The amendments will compromise the independence of NHRC and SHRCs

Parliament Watch

Parliament watch: Centre seeks to change composition of NHRC and SHRCs through statutory amendment

SC judge in addition to CJI could be eligible for NHRC chairperson’s post

July 10,2019

Human Rights

Madras High Court upholds citizenship rights of Sri Lankan refugees

Invokes Art 21 to ask the government to adopt a humanitarian approach

July 2,2019

Freedom of Press

Assange’s arrest: “Stolen Documents" and the assault on press freedom

Reminiscent of India, the stolen documents argument sets an “especially dangerous precedent for journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest”.

April 17,2019

Global Eye

Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison

Rights activists around world express shock, call for her release.

March 13,2019

Women's Day

Stop The Criminalisation of Triple Talaq

Redraft Muslim Women’s Rights Bill, 2018

March 8,2019

International Law

Geneva Conventions apply to IAF pilot in Pak custody

India has cited the Geneva Conventions while asking for the immediate release of Wing Commander ​​Abhinandan. India objected to the “vulgar display of injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention”.

February 28,2019

Human Rights

​Human Rights Watch report on cow vigilantism

According to the HRW report, approximately 44 people have been killed by extremist cow protection vigilante groups. In many instances, the lynch mobs have received the protection of right-wing Hindu local politicians while law enforcement agencies have turned a blind eye. The HRW report claims: “Between May 2015 and December 2018, at least 44 people—36 of them Muslims—were killed across 12 Indian states. Over that same period, around 280 people were injured in over 100 different incidents across 20 states”.

February 22,2019

Democracy and Rule of Law

What the AMU sedition row tells us

If there is a bona fide conspiracy against the Indian State, there are enough laws in the statute book to look into them. A mature, liberal democracy cannot fight its own citizens. The Law Commission in its August 2018 report pointed out that “while it is essential to protect national integrity, it should not be misused as a tool to curb free speech. Dissent and criticism are essential ingredients of a robust public debate on policy issues as part of a vibrant democracy”.

February 16,2019

Prison Reform

Madras High Court holds 50% deduction of prisoners’ wages in Tamil Nadu as unconstitutional

The petitioner, Mr K R Raju, in his PIL prayed that: “Writ Petition is filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, to issue a Writ of Declaration, to declare the Rule No.481 of the Tamil Nadu Prison Rules, 1983 to the extent of 50% of the wages earned by the prisoners deducted for up keeping of the prisoners and 20% of the wages credited to prison fund to be paid to the victims, as illegal and against law and justice, consequently to direct the respondents to increase the prisoners wage in the State of Tamil Nadu credited to the prisoners cash property account from 30% to at least 75% within the time stipulated by this Court.”

February 14,2019

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