Poor implementation of Atrocity Act, caste hierarchy affect justice delivery to Dalits, Adivasis

The National Dalit Movement for Justice and the American Bar Association have come with a report on Dalit and Adivasi victims for accessing justice in the Exclusive Special Court under SCs and STs (PoA) Amendment Act 2015. Titled ‘Criminal Justice: In the Shadow of Caste’, the report particularly focuses on discrimination against Dalit and Adivasi … More Poor implementation of Atrocity Act, caste hierarchy affect justice delivery to Dalits, Adivasis

Rohingyas should be declared as international citizens, they should be issued UN passport

By Rana Basharat Ali Khan* Arabs were the earliest people to travel to the east by sea. They were in contact with Arakan even during the pre-Islamic days. The Arakanese first received the message of Islam from the ship wrecked Arabs in 788 AD. Such ship-wrecks were occurred over and over in the coasts of … More Rohingyas should be declared as international citizens, they should be issued UN passport

On being declared foreigner in Assam, families being torn apart, children growing up in detention

Amnesty International India has called upon the authorities in Assam to end rights violations against persons declared foreigners and are held in detention centres. An Amnesty note: Assam must end human rights violations against persons declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals and held in detention centres across the state. Detention of ‘irregular foreigners’ in detention … More On being declared foreigner in Assam, families being torn apart, children growing up in detention

Productivism, endless growth and accumulation for accumulation’s sake must be reversed

Final statement of  the international civil society meet Thematic Social Forum on Mining and Extractivist Economy, held at Johannesburg, November 12-15, 2018, in which representatives* from Indian voluntary organizations also participated: We, the participants of the Thematic Social Forum on Mining and Extractivist Economy, are gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa to consolidate a broad movement … More Productivism, endless growth and accumulation for accumulation’s sake must be reversed

RTI activist’s murder: M’shtra govt must make public information sought by Junawane, publicize it

On November 1, 2018, yet another RTI user was killed in Maharashtra for seeking information to expose corruption and wrongdoing. According to media reports, Rohit Ashok Junawane  was brutally attacked by nine armed assailants near his residence in Aundh, Pune and died of the injuries. The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) has … More RTI activist’s murder: M’shtra govt must make public information sought by Junawane, publicize it

Silencing media through violent means signals the breakdown of a functioning democracy

Reproduced below is an article by Raksha Kumari, “…and then they came for the journalists”, in “India: Pursuing Truth in the Face of Intolerance”, published by PEN International, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency: In India today, if a journalist cannot be lured by money or scared away from a story, … More Silencing media through violent means signals the breakdown of a functioning democracy

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