A strong votary of Indo-Pak peace, Rehman stood against blasphemy laws

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

Myanmar military should end violence, respect democracy: FORUM-ASIA

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

Human rights of Rohingiyas: Livelihood crisis amidst climate uncertainty

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

Strictest punishment for mob lynching needed now more than ever before

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

The visible apathy of invisible commissions: Whither lockdown performance?

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?

London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA

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

Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale is an experienced South African land activist who has played leading roles in several campaigns and initiatives. She led a grassroots movement called the Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), A federation of communities claiming land through Restitution, an organisation that challenged the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2015. She … Continue reading Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa