Why denotified tribes, criminalised by British, remain unrepresented at the national level

By Aravindha Raj R* Denotified Tribes (DNTs) are the tribes which were listed by British under the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 which notified certain tribes as “criminals,” regardless of the activities of individual members. The DNTs being a nomadic group have remained outside the Indian constitution and have not received any constitution rights and welfare activities. The Criminals … More Why denotified tribes, criminalised by British, remain unrepresented at the national level

Draft education policy has not recognize full implication of the disabilities rights Act of 2016

By Sheshu Babu* There has been a lot of debate on the draft of new policy on education. Many analysts have exposed loopholes and contradictions in the policy. Though the government  has  eloquently spoken of ‘Divyang’ — disabled persons possessing ‘divine limbs’ and powers,even the ‘access’ contents, considered as ‘a key guiding principle’  by the … More Draft education policy has not recognize full implication of the disabilities rights Act of 2016

Enforced disappearances from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, people kept in secret detentions

While the views of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on alleged human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir are well-known, and have been widely published, OHCHR has forcefully criticized human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which the UN body refers to as Pakistan-Administered Kashmir.  Excerpts from the … More Enforced disappearances from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, people kept in secret detentions

NHRC to inquire into murder of Gujarat’s Rajesh Sondharva, son of murdered RTI activist Nanjibhai

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember recent news reports of the alleged murder of 19-year old Rajesh @ Raju Sondharva a resident of Manekwada village in Rajkot district of Gujarat. Rajesh who belongs to the Dalit community was fighting for justice in a criminal case involving the murder of his father, the Late Nanjibhai Meghabhai … More NHRC to inquire into murder of Gujarat’s Rajesh Sondharva, son of murdered RTI activist Nanjibhai

J&K High Court failed to adequately defend human rights principles enshrined in Constitution

In a written reply to the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir in January 2017, the then-Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stated that from 2007 to 2016, over 2,400 were detained the Public Security Act (PSA), of which about 58% were quashed by courts. The Chief Minister stated in the Assembly in January 2018 that 525 … More J&K High Court failed to adequately defend human rights principles enshrined in Constitution

Implementation of NRC updation in Assam: Worrying signs for those excluded from draft list

In a letter, five top officer bearers* of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner have expressed concern that the Government of India has failed to respond to the UNHCHR’s plea regarding human rights violations in relation to the process of updating National Register of Citizens (NRC). Excerpts: We wish to address … More Implementation of NRC updation in Assam: Worrying signs for those excluded from draft list

Key concerns about violations of UN covenant with regard to Dalits and Adivasis: Joint submission

Joint submission* to United Nations Human Rights Committee, adoption of list of issues 126th session (July 1-26, 2019), submitted by the National Dalit Movement For Justice-NDMJ (NCDHR) International Dalit Solidarity Network-IDSN: National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ)-NCDHR & International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) provide the below information to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee … More Key concerns about violations of UN covenant with regard to Dalits and Adivasis: Joint submission