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A 2020 Report on how Indians took to the streets in protest In defence of Article 19, CJP brings you the panorama of protests that shaped this year

Article 19 (1) (a) and (b) give all Indians the right of free expression and peaceful protest. Clearly, however, these fundamental freedoms are irksome to governments increasingly impatient with the people’s sovereign voice. This has however not stopped Indians, even in the midst of a crippling lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year we saw…

#CJPWednesdays CJP’s incredible journey in 2020 A look at CJP Victories in the year 2020

This week, here’s a look at all the major achievments that CJP is humbled and proud to have achieved through this tumultuous year. From legal interventions in the supreme court to our on ground work amidst a humanitarian crisis, we have been blessed to be supported by our incredible allies and human rights activists. With…

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Fighting to keep the pottery industry alive Listen to stories of the artisans of Bengal

CJP grassroots fellow Ripon Sheikh travels to village Palsha in Bengal to listen to the stories of artisans working in the pottery industry, how they struggled through the lockdown and their appeal to the Government. Related: CJP Grassroots Fellowship: Meet Ripon Sheikh who documents rural Bengal Meet Ameer Hamza, a CJP fellow Adivasi youth Mamta…

The worst from Indian courts in 2020 A month by month look at various court orders adversely shaping rights’ jurisprudence

As 2020 draws to a close, here is an annual round up of orders and judgements from India’s constitutional courts — High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. In a month by month look, CJP brings you a calendar of the year gone by, an overview of verdicts that raised some eyebrows, resulting in…

Education is the biggest weapon

Education is the biggest weapon to win the battle against poverty CJP fellow Ripon Sheikh speaks to inspiring Adivasis of Bengal

This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program, and has been written by researcher Ripon Sheikh, who is travelling around rural Bengal, tracking and documenting social and cultural movements of indigenous people. For this report, he meets inspirational citizens who are working to educate members of the Adivasi communities they themselves belong to, leading by…

The best of Indian courts in 2020 CJP takes a look at various court orders that positively shaped human rights’ jurisprudence

As the year 2020 draws to a close, here is an annual round up of orders and judgements of India’s constitutional courts — High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. In a month by month look, CJP brings you a calendar of the year gone by: through judgements and orders that paved new paths…

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Tinku Sheikh: Migrant worker who became a CJP Grassroots Fellow Introducing our new Grassroots fellow

CJP is proud to introduce its newest grassroots fellow Tinku Sheikh. Growing up in poverty, Tinku managed to study till the 8th standard before he moved to Mumbai as a daily wage worker. During the lockdown, when Tinku was facing tremendous difficulty, CJP came in touch with him amid our ‘CJP against hunger’ campaign. Watch this…

The 10 worst laws of 2020 CJP brings to you 2020's laws that take no notice of human rights

While the law, in any democratic republic is meant to protect individual and collective rights the year of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic was misused in India to pass a slew of laws, even through the emergency power of the Ordinance, by both the Union (Central) and state legislatures that showed an utter disregard for human…

They call us Jamatis, no longer buy milk from us: Van Gujjars Nomadic community faces discrimination and economic boycott

Here Mohammed Meer Hamza interviews Baniyabeen, a Van Gujjar who hails from Gauhri Range Kunou, Chaurd Pauri, Garhwal, and is currently camping at Gari Shyampur, near Rishikesh, Dehradun. They discuss the long-lasting impact that the Covid-19 pandemic on the community, and how despite facing discrimination, Van Gujjar’s hold no resentment. All they want is the safety of their…

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