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Citizenship proof documents a sign of Conspiracy of Exclusion in Assam? Underprivileged people rarely have any of these documents, women worst affected

Citizenship is a very touchy subject in the state of Assam, where the ‘insider vs outsider’ debate has often ended in violence and death. As the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being updated, residents hope it is done in the original spirit of the Assam Accord. However, there are also concerns about the exclusion…

Gauhati HC order on Siblings and family members of Declared Foreigners

असम में FT ने 63959 लोगों की गैरमौजूदगी में उन्हें विदेशी घोषित किया गृह मंत्रालय द्वारा FT और डिटेंशन कैंप से जुड़ा चौका देने वाला खुलासा

लोकसभा के समक्ष एक चौंका देने वाला खुलासे में गृह मंत्रालय ने यह स्वीकार किया है कि FT की सुनवाई में शामिल हुए बिना ही लगभग साठ हजार से अधिक लोगों को विदेशी घोषित किया गया है। गृह मंत्रालय ने काँग्रेस नेता शशि थरूर के छह सवालों का जवाब देते हुए यह बात कही। गृह मंत्रालय में राज्य…

SC offers Relief to Assam Detention Camp Inmates

63959 people declared foreigners ex parte in Assam! MHA reveals shocking figures related to Foreigners' Tribunals and Detention Camps

In a shocking revelation before the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has admitted that over sixty thousand people have been declared foreigners ex parte i.e without them ever appearing before a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT). The MHA was responding to six questions raised by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. The responses were made by…

New MHA order setback for citizens’ rights in Assam? Order grants multiple officials right to make FT reference, FTs get unspecified powers

On May 30, 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an ‘Extraordinary Order’ via a Gazette which in effect appears not only grant powers to multiple authorities to make a reference to Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT), but also grants rather nebulous powers to FTs themselves.  FTs are quasi-judicial authorities that decide upon the question of…

Tuticorin firing
Bengali Hindu dies

Another Bengali Hindu dies in an Assam Detention Camp 70 year old used to sell snacks by the street side before being declared foreigner

70 year old Amrit Das became the latest example of what some people in Assam are beginning to call a 3D death. He was first pronounced a D-Voter. Then a Foreigners’ Tribunal ruled that he was a Declared Foreigner and finally he died in a Detention Camp. This is the 43rd such death in the state.   A resident…

BREAKING: Dr. Hiren Gohain reacts to Sedition case against him Assamese intellectual had opposed Citizenship Amendment Bill

Reacting to the sedition charges against him, Dr Hiren Gohain makes it clear that whatever he has being saying against the citizenship amendment bill , has been in favor of secularism and hence in favor of a democratic India. In fact, it seems that the sedition case against him is just a pressure tactic by…

Zakia Jafri Case back in Spotlight

ज़किया ज़ाफ़री मामला फिर आया सुर्ख़ियों में प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

ज़किया ज़ाफरी द्वारा दायर स्पेशल लीव पिटिशन, जिसे गुजरात हाईकोर्ट ने 5 अक्टूबर 2017 को ख़ारिज कर दिया था वो मामला अब सुप्रीम कोर्ट में है, जिसकी सुनवाई सोमवार 19 नवम्बर को होगी. अपनी याचिका में ज़किया ज़ाफरी ने गुजरात दंगों में नरेन्द्र मोदी को क्लीन चिट दिए जाने का विरोध किया था. 8 दिसंबर…

Police brutality against teaching candidates

CJP writes to NHRC over Police brutality against teaching candidates in Lucknow, UP Yet another instance of violence against protesters by the Uttar Pradesh Police

Taking note of another recent incident in which the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police once again brutally targeted student activists, CJP has lodged a strong protest with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC): this time, candidates who were peacefully protesting procedural lapses in the selection process for assistant teachers in the state. On November 2, students were…

Handcuffed in hospital, Assam man fights for his life Ratan Chandra Biswas spent 2.5 years in a detention camp

Illegally framed as a “foreigner”, Ratan Chandra Biswas, is handcuffed in the Goalpara hospital Civil Hospital, battling for his life. Emaciated and shivering, his condition is bitter testimony to the ghastly conditions in Assam’s six detention camps, where over 2,000 persons are estimated to be incarcerated. Guwahati, November 4: Ratan Chandra Biswas, framed as a…

“Genocidal intent” in Human Rights violations committed against Rohingya in Myanmar: UN UN Fact-Finding Mission raises serious allegations against Myanmar authorities

Days after the first anniversary of a bloody crackdown by Myanmar security forces that forced more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee the country, the United Nations released an in-depth report outlining the vast scale of human rights violations in the country. It is a damning indictment of the actions of the Myanmar authorities, even as…

NRC or Anarchy? Confusion at Nagrik Seva Kendras, citizens face inconvenience

The process of updating National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was started with the objective of identification of the Indian Citizens living in Assam. The process was welcomed by all sections of in the State, as it came with an assurance that all Indian Citizens, along with their descendants will be enlisted in the…

“Thoothukudi firing is another Jallianwala Bagh!” Vikatan

தீஸ்தா செடல்வாட் – இந்தியாவில் இயங்கும் மனித உரிமைச் செயற் பாட்டாளர்களில் முக்கியமானவர். 2002 குஜராத்தில் நடைபெற்ற இனப்படுகொலைகளுக்கு எதிராக சட்டரீதியாக உறுதியாகப் போராடியவர். இந்தியாவின் முதல் அட்டர்னி ஜெனரல் எம்.சி.செடல்வாடின் பேத்தியும்கூட. தூத்துக்குடி ஸ்டெர்லைட் துப்பாக்கிச்சூட்டுச் சம்பவம் தொடர்பாக மனித உரிமைப் பாதுகாப்புக் குழுவின் ‘உண்மை கண்டறியும் அறிக்கை’ புத்தக வெளியீட்டுக்காகத் தமிழகம் வந்தவரிடம் பேசினேன்… “தமிழகத்தில் நிகழும் பொது நிகழ்ச்சிகளில் நீங்கள் அவ்வளவாகப் பங்கெடுக்காதவர். ஸ்டெர்லைட் போராட்டம் தொடர்பான நிகழ்வில் மட்டும் குறிப்பாகப் பங்கெடுக்கக்…

Tuticorin firing

The Day Tuticorin Burned Findings of the People's Inquest

On May 22, 2018, police fired into a crowd of protesters near the Collectorate in Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) in Tamil Nadu to mark the 100th day of peaceful protests against the proposed expansion of the Sterlite Copper Smelting Plant. By that evening, 11 people had been killed, and four more died over the subsequent days. Here…

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