Goodbye Girishbhai! Your ‘home-office’ was open to everybody: From slum dwellers to rural folk

A personal tribute to Girish Patel, doyen of the human rights movement in Gujarat, who died in Ahmedabad on October 6, 2018 By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* It is hard to say goodbye to someone who has been so very special; someone who has meant so much to me and many others too. I can hardly … More Goodbye Girishbhai! Your ‘home-office’ was open to everybody: From slum dwellers to rural folk

United Nations Declaration on Human Rights should have a separate article on ‘Right to Peace’

By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* On Thursday September 20, four people were killed in Maryland, US in a workplace mass shooting spree; it was the third workplace shooting in the US in less than twenty –four hours. Earlier that day in Uttar Pradesh, India killed two men in an “encounter” after “inviting” journalists to watch. … More United Nations Declaration on Human Rights should have a separate article on ‘Right to Peace’

Caught between Maoist terror, government pressure, villagers be allowed choose how they want to live

A fact-finding team consisting of senior academics Bela Bhatia and Jean Drèze, and activists Soni Sori, Lingaram Kodopi visited Phulpad village of Dantewada district following the news that people were beaten up by Maoists. They found that villagers are caught between pressure from the Maoists, on one hand, and government authorities, on the other. A … More Caught between Maoist terror, government pressure, villagers be allowed choose how they want to live

Murder of Himachal Pradesh Dalit RTI activist result of caste-based discrimination in Shillai region

A fact-finding team — comprised of Kuldeep Verma, Birbal (Dalit Vikas Sangathan Sirmaur), Sukhdev Vishwapremi (Centre for Mountain Dalit Rights), Advocate Sanjay, Rajkumar (National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights & National Dalit Movement for Justice), Raja Velu from Human Rights Defenders Alert and Manshi Asher from Kangra Citizens Rights Group — is in the process … More Murder of Himachal Pradesh Dalit RTI activist result of caste-based discrimination in Shillai region

Hope PM will not permit trampling of Fundamental Rights of those who work for the rights of poor

Forty eight retired civil servants, in an open letter to the Prime Minister, have said that simultaneous raids and arrests of several rights activists falls in a “pattern designed by the current dispensation to tag any dissident or critical intellectual activity as anti-national or seditious or supportive of secession and terrorism.” Text: We are a … More Hope PM will not permit trampling of Fundamental Rights of those who work for the rights of poor

Govt must stop profiling, criminalisation human rights activists as Urban Naxals or Maoists

A memorandum for Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, was submitted to Resident Commissioner, Maharashtra Sadan, New Delhi, by civil society activists, following a protest meet organized by the National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM). It has demanded immediate stopping of unlawful police raids and arrests of activists, even as revoking false charges imposed against … More Govt must stop profiling, criminalisation human rights activists as Urban Naxals or Maoists

Serious lack of accountability for hate crimes against marginalized communities of India

By KC Sachin* It is extremely dangerous to be a Dalit in India. In the early hours of 20 May 2018, Mukesh Vaniya was flogged to death. His crime? Revealing his Dalit identity and then refusing to clean and collect scraps as ordered to by complete strangers. The act was captured on video and widely circulated. Mukesh … More Serious lack of accountability for hate crimes against marginalized communities of India