Enforcement of FCRA in “national or public interest” curtailed the work of civil society in India

An excerpt from the US 2017 Human Rights Report for India, published by the US Department of State: In a statement released in June 2016, UN special rapporteurs on human rights expressed the view that Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) “provisions were increasingly being used…to silence organizations involved in advocating civil, political, economic, social, environmental, or … More Enforcement of FCRA in “national or public interest” curtailed the work of civil society in India

Justice Sachar relentlessly fought for protecting democratic, just, egalitarian, plural Indian society

All India Forum for Right to Education In Justice Sachar’s demise, the nation has lost one of the last representatives of the generation that carried forward the socialist vision from the freedom movement for the post-independence India. He would be remembered for his uncompromising commitment to building a secular, just, democratic society where civil liberties … More Justice Sachar relentlessly fought for protecting democratic, just, egalitarian, plural Indian society

Murder of 11th RTI activist in Gujarat 3 months after NHRC asks state govt to ensure protection

By Venkatesh Nayak* One more RTI activist has paid the price for demanding transparency with his life in Gujarat. On 9th March, 2018, Nanjibhai Sondarva (35) a resident of Manekwada village in Kotada Sangani taluka of Rajkot district was allegedly clubbed to death by six persons. The deceased’s father has claimed that the attack occurred soon … More Murder of 11th RTI activist in Gujarat 3 months after NHRC asks state govt to ensure protection

Frustrated by 7 years of bloody war, Syrians yearn for peace and stability, want united Syria restored

By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* “I am going to tell God everything!” were apparently the last words of a three-year old Syrian child before she died. These heart-rending words accompanied with a moving picture of a child has been doing the rounds of social media along with thousands of other messages, pictures, videos on the … More Frustrated by 7 years of bloody war, Syrians yearn for peace and stability, want united Syria restored

Aadhaar: Srikrishna panel must establish a robust law to protect data and privacy of Indian citizens

Mozilla’s Executive Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, has sent an open letter to the Justice Srikrishna Committee highlighting the top browsing site’s main concerns regarding aadhaar. Introduction to the letter: In 2017, the Government of India set up a committee headed by Justice Srikrishna to examine a data protection framework and draft India’s first comprehensive data protection … More Aadhaar: Srikrishna panel must establish a robust law to protect data and privacy of Indian citizens

Vigilante violence became increasing threat in India, govt failed to credibly investigate attacks

Text of the chapter on India in Human Rights Watch’s latest World Report 2018: Vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government—often carried out by groups claiming to support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—became an increasing threat in India in 2017. The government failed to promptly or credibly investigate … More Vigilante violence became increasing threat in India, govt failed to credibly investigate attacks

Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens

By Gopal Krishna* The planned Joint Citizens Protest against world biggest Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of 12 –digit biometric Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar numbers happened at the Parliament Street from 3 pm onwards on 12th of January, 2018.  More such protests are planned across the districts and cities in the country.  Several speakers at the … More Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens