By Bidisha Chattopadhyay*, Sudeshna Roy** Little did Pandora know while opening the box that she would be the harbinger of diseases and misery. The recorded history of mankind has been dotted with deadly diseases such as plague, cholera, smallpox, leprosy, polio and various pandemic influenza, one of the worst being the ongoing Covid-19 in the … Continue reading The return of the pandemic: Burying of the marginalised
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat The passing away of Mr I A Rehman who was also fondly referred as Rehman Saheb, founder of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a truly people's Commission on Human Rights is a big loss for the human rights movement in South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. His was a … Continue reading A strong votary of Indo-Pak peace, Rehman stood against blasphemy laws
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a Bangkok-based regional network of 81 member organisations across 21 Asian countries, with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. Founded in 1991, a FORUM-ASIA statement, endorsed by 122 organisations and several … Continue reading Myanmar military should end violence, respect democracy: FORUM-ASIA
An Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI) note* on web policy discussion on No-Land’s Man: The Human Rights of Rohingyas”: Every human being holds some fundamental rights which is called human rights as enshrined in the international legal framework and globally endorsed legal system. The UN Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948 says that … Continue reading Human rights of Rohingiyas: Livelihood crisis amidst climate uncertainty
By Sanjeev Sirohi* It has to be said right at the outset that mob lynching cannot be justified on any pretext and under any circumstances come what may! There has to be zero tolerance for it but right now we see that the perpetrators of the crime are either escaping with just no punishment or … Continue reading Strictest punishment for mob lynching needed now more than ever before
By Rini Kothari* “The measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” -- Mahatma Gandhi Ever since the World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus, a global pandemic,1 the apathy of various Commissions seems to be the “new normal”. It was in the phase of Unlock 3.0 (1st … Continue reading The visible apathy of invisible commissions: Whither lockdown performance?
Gary McLelleand By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* #Humanistprism is a new series of conversations started by Humanist International, London and it was an honour to be the first guest at it interviewed by Gary McLelland, the Executive Director of Humanist International. The conversation was informal and there was no fixed format. Being the first one, perhaps … Continue reading London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA