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More than 7,000 dissidents arrested in Iran in 2018: Amnesty

According to Amnesty International, authorities in Iran arrested more than 7,000 dissidents in 2018, the Guardian reported. The efforts at repression including several hundred people being imprisoned or flogged, the deaths of at least 26 protesters, and those of nine people in custody, who died under suspicious circumstances. Those who were detained when protests were met…

Canadian academics, activists call for charges against Anand Teltumbde to be dropped Write to President Kovind, PM Modi

A collection of academics, experts and activists has written to President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling for the charges against academic and activist Dr. Anand Teltumbde to be dropped, and seeking the release of the ten human rights activists who are currently in jail.  The letter lists Dr. Teltumbde’s…

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Sister Kavita demands case stay with Karnataka SIT Files Intervention Application to prevent investigation to be transferred to another agency

Ms Kavitha Lankesh, sister of slain journalist activist Gauri Lankesh has intervened in the Supreme Court urging that the investigation into her sister’s murder should remain with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed in 2017. The investigations in the case are at an advanced stage and arguments on framing of charge were to be made…

साहस और सहानुभूति के साथ मज़बूत होता भारत मिलिए उन मानवाधिकार रक्षकों से जो साल 2018 में लाखों लोगों के प्रेरणा स्रोत रहे

देश में एकता, समरसता और सामंजस्य बनाए रखने, संविधान में दिए अधिकारों और आज़ादी को कायम रखने की कोशिशों में, साधारण से नज़र आने वाले कुछ आम भारतीय नागरिकों ने असाधारण साहस और करुणा का परिचय दिया है. यहां कुछ ऐसे ही लोगों का ज़िक्र कर रहे हैं जो मानवाधिकार रक्षक की भूमिका में सभी…

Making India Stronger with Courage and Compassion Meet the Human Rights Defenders who inspired millions in 2018

Ordinary Indian citizens showed exceptional compassion and commitment to maintaining harmony as well as upholding the rights and freedoms guaranteed to all in out Constitution. Their exemplary courage inspires us all. Here’s are some Human Rights Defenders who are a beacon of hope for everyone.   Sokalo Gond Sokalo Gond is an Adivasi forest rights activist…

‘मामला’ क्या है? तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ पर मुक़दमों की झड़ी का ख़ुलासा

गुजरात दंगो में साज़िश की जांच के लिए ज़किया जाफ़री और तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ की अर्ज़ी जैसे ही सुप्रीम कोर्ट में पहुंची, गुजरात के विभिन्न न्यायालयों में तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ के खिलाफ चल रहे मामले उफान मारने लगे। लेकिन ऐसा पहली बार नहीं हो रहा है। किडनैपिंग से लेकर जालसाज़ी तक हर तरह के केस झेल चुकी…

Gauri Lankesh Murder Case: Chargesheet names Sanatan Sanstha Momentum gathers for banning the right-wing group

In fresh developments in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has filed an additional chargesheet naming the hardline Hindutva group Sanatan Sanstha as the chief perpetrator in the case. Following this there has been a demand to ban the Sanatan Sanstha in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Karnataka SIT investigating the case…

Sokalo Gond Released from Jail Today Victory for CJP and AIUFWP's campaign to release forest rights defenders

Sokalo Gond an Adivasi human rights defender & executive committee member of AIUFWP was illegally incarcerated since June 2018. Despite being granted bail on October 4, technical & procedural issues kept Sokalo behind bars till today. After 5 long months in jail she walks free today. Related: A Beautiful Show of Solidarity: Activists group reaches…

“सुधा सोना” : जन्मदिन पर 1 नवंबर को सुधा जी अपने जन्मदिन पर जेल में होंगी, पर देश भर से बहुत सारी मुबारके उनके साथ होंगी।

संभवत देश का बहुत बड़ा वर्ग अमिताभ साहब के साथ–साथ करोड़पति बनने के सपने देखता है या मंच पर गाने और नाचने की प्रतियोगिताओं को देखने में मशगूल होता है। दिन भर की काम थकान और शाम को बहुत सारे चैनल पर देश भक्ति  की फसल  का हिस्सा बनने पर  मजबूर सा  रहता है। फिर…

Drama Unfolds as Three Lawyer-Activists Arrested Rejection of bail pleas by Pune court on the last day of house arrest paves way for custody

While Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Fereira were feretted away by the Pune police in Mumbai within minutes of the Pune court rejecting their pleas for bail, the police waited outside Sudha Bharadwaj’s home from the midnight of October 26-27 Drama over the arrests of renowned human rights activists and lawyers continued into the midnight of…

CCBE writes to PM Modi on arrests of Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj Calls for their immediate release, seeks safeguards for all lawyers in India

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the Bars of 45 countries, and, through them, around one million European lawyers, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the arrest lawyers Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj. The letter, penned by CCBE President Antonín Mokry, notes that the CCBE “places great…

Lower courts reject bail pleas, Navlakha and Teltumbde given protection from arrest Bombay High Court to hear Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde's plea on Nov 1

The Bombay High Court has adjourned the hearing in matter of Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR in Bhima Koregaon case till November 1. There will be interim protection from arrest to Gautam Navlakha till November 1. On Thursday, October 25, the Hyderabad High Court had extended poet Varavara Rao’s house…

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