Need for comprehensive international investigation into allegations of rights violations in Kashmir

UN Human Rights Office statement on its new report on the situation of Human Rights in Kashmir’s both sides of Line of Control: There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that … More Need for comprehensive international investigation into allegations of rights violations in Kashmir

Andhra land bill empowers state to infringe upon people’s rights over natural resources

Forty six civil society organizations, in a joint statement, have said that the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill of Andhra Pradesh is “anti-people”, demanding its withdrawal: We the people’s movements and Civil Society Organisations from across India condemn the Presidential assent to the recent amendment Bill passed by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, severely diluting provisions … More Andhra land bill empowers state to infringe upon people’s rights over natural resources

All of Rohingiyas refugees were emphatic: They wanted to return, but in safety and dignity

An excerpt from the seminar report “The Rohingya Refugee Crisis:  Causes and Consequences”, organized by the South Asia Forum for Human Rights in collaboration with Development and Justice Initiative, India International Centre and Euro-Burma office, held in New Delhi on May 11, 2018: Voices of Rohingyas brought to the centre of the discussions, the perspectives … More All of Rohingiyas refugees were emphatic: They wanted to return, but in safety and dignity

Simultaneous elections: Possible to avoid premature dissolution of Lok Sabha, state assemblies

“Simultaneous Elections – Constitutional and Legal Perspectives” A summary to the draft working paper of the Law Commission of India, prepared last month: The need to have simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies is under discussion for quite some time now. Simultaneous elections were held in the country during the first two … More Simultaneous elections: Possible to avoid premature dissolution of Lok Sabha, state assemblies

Corporate takeover or ‘tackling Naxalism?’ Adivasis losing sovereignty over their natural resources

National Alliance of People’s Movements statement on recent encounters:  The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) unequivocally condemns the recent series of killings of Adivasis by the CRPF and C-60 elite anti-Naxal force of the Indian State in the name of ‘encounters’ at Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) and Bijapur (Chhattisgarh). Various news reports have revealed that at … More Corporate takeover or ‘tackling Naxalism?’ Adivasis losing sovereignty over their natural resources

Down in the dumps: Delhi’s recycling nightmare and its unacknowledged waste pickers

By  Amita Bhaduri* Eight-year-old Meera (name changed) got ill after eating filthy food remains from a dump at Mansarovar park in Delhi. Children like her work in filthy environments, rummaging through hazardous waste with bare hands and feet. They play in these dumping ground strewn with syringes, scrap iron, rotting waste, solid and liquid household … More Down in the dumps: Delhi’s recycling nightmare and its unacknowledged waste pickers

Gujarat riots: Despite challenges, human rights lawyers worked to hold perpetrators accountable

Excerpts from the book “Breathing Life into the Constitution: Human Rights Lawyering in India”, by Arvind Narrain and Saumya Uma, published by Alternative Law Forum – 2 The efforts to bring justice to victims of communal violence face the same challenges as faced in efforts to bring justice to victims of caste violence. Victims face … More Gujarat riots: Despite challenges, human rights lawyers worked to hold perpetrators accountable