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Bhim Army Chief, Chandrashekhar Azad, popularly known as Ravan, has been incarcerated in an unjust manner for about 8 months now. He was arrested by the UP police on June 9, 2017 in connection with the Saharanpur violence of May 2017. Apart from multiple criminal cases, that CJP believes are being unjustly foist on him,…

The Girl who scared the Government Shehla Rashid on hate, misogyny and threats

Shehla Rashid was dragged into a raging maelstrom of hate and misogyny nearly two years ago when she emerged at the forefront of India’s burgeoning student movement. She earned the wrath of right wing groups and was anointed with a variety of undignified labels like ‘anti-national’ and ‘traitor’. However, none of this deterred the firebrand…

यूँ बनती है नफ़रत की दीवार उमर ख़ालिद और जिग्नेश मेवाणी पर हुई एफ़आईआर और उससे जुड़ी नफ़रत भड़काने वाले ज़हरीले भाषणों की झड़ी का एक छोटा सा विवरण

2018 का पहला दिन और सैकड़ों की तादाद में भगवा झण्डे लिए समूह ने भीमा कोरेगाँव युद्ध स्मारक पर हमला बोल दिया. दलित, जो हर साल 1 जनवरी को भीमा कोरेगाँव युद्ध के शहीदों को याद करने जमा होते हैं, वे इसहिंसा से भौचक्के रह गए और खुद को बचाने का प्रयत्न करने लगे. उसके…

Report: More than 300 human rights defenders killed in 2017

Front Line Defenders, an Ireland-based organisation working to protect human rights defenders at risk, released its Annual Report on Human Rights Defenders at Risk in 2017 on January 3, 2018. According to the announcement of the report’s release, 312 human rights defenders in 27 countries “were killed for their peaceful work, according to data collected” by the…

Dalit Forest Rights Activist Shobha demands action against minor son’s Illegal Detention Alleges constant harassment from authorities

Shobha, a resident of village Baadi, post Daala, and district Sonebhadra, is one of the key women leaders of the ongoing people’s movement in the Sonebhadra district against the illegal construction of the Kanhar dam. She is also part of the movement to implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006. She has now alleged that she is being…

Upward surge in Human Rights Violations in the Valley: JKCCS Annual report highlights cases of suppression of dissent

The Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), in its annual report for 2017, mentions the “upward surge” of human rights violations in the valley last year. Particularly in the efforts of pushing back against dissent, according to the report, “the authorities continue to use [sic] Public Safety Act (PSA) as an instrument to suppress…

UN human rights chief calls on Iran to probe protesters’ deaths

On January 3, 2018, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has called on Iran “to handle the wave of protests that have taken place around the country with great care so as not to further inflame violence and unrest,” and probe deaths and major injuries that have occurred, an Office…

UN human rights experts criticise Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on peaceful activists

Five United Nations (UN) human rights experts have condemned Saudi Arabia’s “continued use” of counter-terror and security laws to target human rights defenders, a statement from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said. These include the special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders, the right to freedom of opinion…

Tibetan education advocate to be put on trial in China

The New York Times reported that Tashi Wangchuk, who pushes for expanded Tibetan language education, will go on trial this week for “inciting separatism,” which could lead to 15 years’ imprisonment, according to his lawyers.Human rights backers and Tibet advocacy bodies have decried Tashi’s trial. The Times said Tashi has been detained for almost two years, having…

Tibetan filmmaker escapes from China to arrive in US

The Guardian reported that Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan filmmaker and activist, received political asylum in the United States following an “arduous and risky escape” from China. Dhondup Wangchen was convicted of subversion, and, according to Reuters, was imprisoned in 2009 in China’s Qinghai province after he filmed a documentary featuring ordinary Tibetans praising the Dalai Lama, and saying…

Chinese human rights activist sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment

The Guardian reported that Wu Gan, a blogger who is known as Super Vulgar Butcher, his screen name, routinely promoted instances of abuse of power by the government, online as well as in street protests. Wu was sentenced to eight years in jail for “subverting state power” on December 26. Earlier in the day, lawyer…

UN rights chief won’t seek second term

Foreign Policy last week reported that the United Nations’ human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, told staff of the UN human rights agency in an email, which Foreign Policy acquired, that he has “decided not to seek a second four-year term.” Zeid added that “To do so, in the current geopolitical context, might involve…

UN: Over 100 Human Rights Defenders killed in Colombia in 2017

Reuters has reported that the United Nations has said that 105 human rights activists have been killed in Colombia this year. Last year, Colombia’s government signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), ending a civil war that lasted more than 50 years. The UN’s human rights office in the country…

Pakistan pushes out several foreign aid groups

The Guardian has reported that, in recent days, Pakistan’s interior ministry has issued letters to 29 international non-government organisations (INGOs) directing them to shutter their offices and leave the country within 60 days, by the end of January. These include ActionAid, which works against injustice and poverty, and Marie Stopes International, which supplies contraception and abortion…

Myanmar government green lights case against Reuters journalists

A government spokesman told Reuters that Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw has permitted the police to go ahead with a case against two Reuters journalists who were arrested last week. According to Reuters, the Ministry of Information last week said they had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”, and that…

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