Jamia violence: Women’s sense of outrage at being stopped from a march that was peaceful

Excerpts from the 82-page report “UNAFRAID: The Day Young Women Took the Battle to the Streets”, which carries testimonies of 18 women, mainly students, by members* of the Independent Women’s Initiative at the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, where violence occurred during protests against CAA and NRC on December 13-15: The sight of state violence … Continue reading Jamia violence: Women’s sense of outrage at being stopped from a march that was peaceful

Without adequate debate and public discourse, CAB shouldn’t have become law

As the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 becomes an act after receiving President’s assent, it becomes even more important to look at the criticism and resistance it has received from various sections of society, says Common Wealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). In a statement condemning the move on the ground that it violates constitutional principles … Continue reading Without adequate debate and public discourse, CAB shouldn’t have become law

Barbaric case of cold-blooded murder, failure of criminal justice administration and state’s denial

Fact-finding report on RTI activist Abhimanyu Panda killing in Kandhamal, Odisha: Yet the dreadful retaliation against the messenger of the truth witnessed again in the early morning of the Human Rights Day, 10th December 2019 with the killing of Right to Information Activist Abhimanyu Panda at his residence of Baliguda under Kandamal District of Odisha … Continue reading Barbaric case of cold-blooded murder, failure of criminal justice administration and state’s denial

A peace yatra to gather and extend support to make India lynching and hate free

By Faisal Khan* Peace-building is a continuous process that has been done through multiple activities; one such is 'Lynching and Nafrat Mukt Bharat Cycle Yatra'. It was started from Rajghat on the 19th of October,2019 and was concluded on the 14th of November, 2019 at Hydari Manzil, Kolkata. This peace-building initiative was started by Khudai … Continue reading A peace yatra to gather and extend support to make India lynching and hate free

Through the remedial lens: The curious case of unilateral declaration of secession 

Arkaprava Dass, Adnan Yousuf* In October 2019, dissident political leaders from the state of Manipur in India unilaterally declared independence from the country fearing the extinction of their culture and destruction of history. They further called for the de jure recognition of their government by the United Nations in London. In light of this incident, … Continue reading Through the remedial lens: The curious case of unilateral declaration of secession 

UN official’s full speech, where she urged India to respect human rights in Kashmir and Assam

Text of the controversial opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva on September 9, where the top UN official made controversial remarks on Kashmir and Assam: A year has gone by since I began my mandate.  I won´t lie to you, it has not been an easy task.  We … Continue reading UN official’s full speech, where she urged India to respect human rights in Kashmir and Assam

Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force

By Sheshu Babu* Since the major aim of capitalists is to see that maximum production can be extracted from labour, exploitation of workers becomes a key factor. Ordinary workers, thus, face constant harassment, humiliation, misery and burden of work. Disabled, in addition, face alienation and abuse both from the employers as well as society. The … Continue reading Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force