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Big Win for Farmers’ Rights as Key Bills make it to Parliament Bills pertaining to Indebtedness and Minimum Support Price will be introduced as Private Members Bills

In a significant victory for rights of India’s agrarian community, two major bills geared towards the welfare of farmers, have received the backing of 21 political parties. These are ‘Farmers Freedom from Indebtedness Bill 2018’ and ‘Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Price for Agricultural Commodities Bill 2018′. On Wednesday, April 25, the All India Kisan…

Hate Speech Rules the Day Join Our Campaign Against Hate Speech

A report released on April 25, 2018 by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) says that the BJP leads the pack when it comes to members who have police complaints of hate speech filed against them. Join Our Campaign Against Hate Speech Understand what constitutes Hate Speech How Hate Builds  

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Kathua Rape Case: Are the actions of BCI politically motivated? BCI says Kathua lawyers did not obstruct charge-sheet filing, demand CBI probe

The Bar Council of India (BCI), on April 26, 2018, told the Supreme Court that the Kathua Bar Association hadn’t obstructed the Crime Branch from filing the charge-sheet against the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case. The BCI also advocated the CBI probe into the case. Notably, on April 9, 2018 lawyers from the Kathua…

NWMI demands an End to the Online Vilification of Rana Ayyub Woman journalist threatened after fake tweet goes viral

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) has expressed solidarity with journalist and author Rana Ayyub, after a tweet attributing a fake and controversial quote to her went viral and severely vilified her in the process. Though Ayyub is not new to such vilification and has been in the eye of the storm ever…

Death Penalty for Child Rape: Knee Jerk Reaction or Careful Political Manoeuvre? Was the Ordinance passed with an eye on elections?

Riding on the outrage generated in wake of the horrific details of minor Kathua girl becoming public, the BJP government has passed an ordinance on death penalty and other stringent punishments for people who rape minors. Not only is this a regressive step but also this move is nowhere close to yielding the desirable results. This measure is only…

Humanitarian groups unconvinced about Bangladesh’s plan to relocate Rohingya refugees to island

Humanitarian groups are not convinced about Bangladesh’s plan to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in June, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. Bangladesh’s government has been working on the Bhasan Char island for four months, but has not given humanitarian agencies access. A briefing with aid groups took place on April 4, but it…

In 2018, Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people: HRW

Human Rights Watch reported that Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people since 2018 began, with half of these executions punishments for “nonviolent drug crimes”. The organisation noted that many more people are also in death row in the country after being convicted of drug crimes. Calling the country’s criminal justice system “notoriously unfair,” HRW highlighted Crown Prince…

Latin America struggling with Homicide Crisis

According to a report from the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think tank, 2.5 million murders have taken place in Latin American since the year 2000, the Guardian reported. “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking,” the report says. Latin America is home to just 8% of the global population, but sees 33% of the world’s…

सत्ता के रथ तले रौंदा जा रहा है न्याय झूठे अभियोगों के जाल में मानव अधिकार के रक्षकों को फंसाया जा रहा है

अपने आलोचकों और मानवाधिकार रक्षकों (HRDs) को चुप कराने के लिए सरकार अक्सर अपने संस्थान, तंत्र और कानूनी प्रावधान का उपयोग करती है. निम्नलिखित कुछ मामले हैं, जहां राज्य ने HRDs को परेशान करने के लिए झूठे, नकली या दुर्भावनापूर्ण आरोपों का इस्तेमाल किया है या उन्हें खुद को बेगुनाह साबित करने के लिए एक छोर से दूसरे छोर…

कठुआ के बकरवाल समुदाय के उत्थान हेतु वन अधिकार कानून आवश्यक : तालिब हुसैन विशेष संवाद में युवा वकील-कार्यकर्ता ने हमें बताए कमजोर खानाबदोश समुदाय को सशक्त बनाने के उपाय

क्या जम्मू के जंगलों से बकरवाल समुदाय को जानबूझकर अलग रखना अंतर्निहित कारकों में से एक हो सकता है, जो कठुआ में एक नन्ही बच्ची के क्रूर बलात्कार और हत्या का कारण बन गया? तेजतर्रार वकील और कार्यकर्ता तालिब हुसैन, जो बच्ची के लिए न्याय के संघर्ष में सबसे आगे हैं, वन्य अधिकार अधिनियम, 2006…

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