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Foreigners’ Tribunals: Why were they established and how do they operate? A ready reckoner to empower you with correct information and help you spot procedural violations

Recently Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)’s Assam team discovered that a number of Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) notices had been pasted on electricity poles in Bongaigaon in Assam. This is a clear violation of set law and procedure. In order to spot violations, one must first understand exactly how FTs are supposed to operate. Here,…

Pasting FT notices on electricity poles a violation of set law, procedure Assam Border Police’s actions are in contravention of provisions of FT Order 1964

Recently the Assam team of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) had discovered many notices by Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT) pasted on electricity poles in Bongaigaon in Assam. This is a clear violation of procedure laid down explicitly by the Foreigners (Tribunal) Order of 1964. As per point 3 of this order that deals with Procedure for…

Gauhati High Court Has Given A New Lease Of Life To Tribunals in Assam

Guwahati HC grants bail to Assam woman declared foreigner CJP had provided her legal aid to challenge the FT Order in HC

CJP has helped a hapless Assam woman declared foreigner secure bail from the Guwahati High Court. The woman named Chenbhanu Begum had been declared foreigner in an ex parte judgment by an Assam Foreigners’ Tribunal in 2019. Chenbhanu Begum, wife of Madan Ali, is a daily wage labourer and resident of Fuhuratali village that falls…

EXCLUSIVE: Foreigners’ Tribunal notices pasted on electricity poles in Assam! CJP finds several such notices across Bongaigaon; widespread panic among people

Though assembly elections have ended in Assam, with the conclusion of the third phase on April 6, 2021, the politics over citizenship issue continues, with fresh panic being created in the form of Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) notices, that were found pasted on several electricity poles in Bongaigaon by the Assam team of Citizens for Justice…

CJP helping a daughter secure her mother’s release from Assam detention camp The Dalit woman has been languishing behind bars after being declared foreigner in an ex parte judgment

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), in its continuing efforts to help some of the most vulnerable and marginalized people of Assam, has now taken on a challenging new case. We are helping Champa Basfore secure the release of her mother Shanti from the Kokrajhar detention camp where she has been languishing since May 2019.…

CJP Wednesdays Assam Update

Assam: CJP’s fight against citizenship crisis stronger than ever Our team in Assam is reaching remote areas and marginalized regions

CJP Assam continues its fight against the citizenship crisis, stronger and braver than ever. We are going door to door in remote areas of Assam, collecting documents of citizenship and being there beside those who need our assistance. We have been fighting relentlessly for every Indian battling the citizenship crisis in Assam, in courts and…

Assam DSLAs woefully understaffed, staff under-trained to handle FT cases Findings of CJP’s survey of DSLA in 10 Assam districts

A survey by CJP’s Assam Team of personnel, infrastructure and other facilities at District Legal Services Authority (DSLA) offices in 10 Assam districts has revealed just how ill-equipped they are at present, and they could get completely overwhelmed when lakhs of people who had been excluded by the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was…

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CJP files a petition for legal aid to NRC excluded persons in Assam CJP moves Guwahati High Court

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed a petition before Guwahati High Court seeking directions to the state to formulate effective and robust modalities for legal aid in terms of having trained panels of lawyers and adequate front offices in light of the impending appeals to be filed before Foreigners Tribunals by people from…

LoveAzaad

#LoveAzaad Celebrate Love, Not Hate Episode 2 of CJP's podcast series Rightscast

In the wake of “Love Jihad Laws” being enacted by states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, #LoveAzaad campaign was rolled out. CJP has challenged the constitutional validity of the laws in the Supreme Court whilst also standing with the people of a diverse India.   Podcast · #LoveAzaad Celebrate Love, Not Hate

Sign CJP’s petition to release Nodeep Kaur NOW Raise your voice for Dalit Activist Nodeep Kaur

Dalit trade union activist Nodeep Kaur has been in jail for over a month, denied bail, and has allegedly been assaulted in Karnal jail. CJP through this petition demands her immediate release, and that the trumped up charges against her be dropped. We also urge that each person who signs this petition, also writes to…

CJP Impact: 34th person walks out of Assam Detention Camp Banesa Khatun was released on conditional bail due to CJP’s efforts

One more person has walked out of Assam’s infamous detention camps with CJP’s assistance, taking the tally to 34. Banesa Bibi was released on conditional bail from Kokrajhar detention camp after spending 2 years and 18 days behind bars. 58-year-old Banesa Bibi is a resident of Village no. 2 Dhupguri, Lungjhar that falls under the…

NRC for Assam: A flawed design A process with an inherent potential to exclude millions of genuine citizens

The exercise for preparation and updating of NRC for the state of Assam was directed and also monitored by Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Fali Nariman (in the ongoing matter, the judgement dated December 17, 2014 in the case of Assam Public Works Vs. Union of India & Ors (Writ…

Supreme Court to take up pleas against anti-conversion laws on January 6 Indian Express

The plea says the right to convert oneself to another religion is manifested in Article 25 of the Constitution, but the “Ordinance and the Act impinge upon this right by imposing unreasonable and discriminatory restrictions…” By: Express News Service | New Delhi | December 31, 2020 3:22:38 am The Supreme Court is likely to take up on January…

Empowering Assam in 2020 An honour and a privilege for CJP

The year 2020 has been challenging for people across the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But for those in Assam, it was particularly excruciating in light of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, the Covid-19 related lockdown, the floods and the ongoing crisis related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Amidst all this…

CJP in 2020

#CJPWednesdays We achieved so much together because of YOU CJP 's work in 2020

Since 2002 when we began this work, our expertise have grown even as our conviction to stay the course has deepened. As this year comes to an end, here’s a round up of our extremely challenging work through the difficult year that 2020 was. From our inspiring team in Assam to our women leaders and…

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