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HS Doreswamy: The Man who won’t Give Up Human Rights Defender Profile

Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy, life-long social activist, turns 100 today. Born on April 10, 1918, Doreswamy has credited his life motto–”A social worker should embrace voluntary poverty”–to Mahatma Gandhi’s My Early Life, which Doreswamy read as a teenager. Starting with India’s struggle for independence, Doreswamy has not only been witnessed, but has been an active part of several major activist…

Alarming Rise in Racism and Xenophobia UN Human Rights experts decry “Unashamed bigotry” in joint statement

In a joint a statement issued to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, United Nations and regional human rights experts have called on countries, civil society groups and activists to do more to tackle the increasing xenophobia and racism around the world. The experts include the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary…

Wakanda Forever: Black History Month in the age of Black Panther Is the African diaspora getting its due?

Black History Month also known as African American History month in the US, refers to a month long commemoration of the struggles of the African American community, as well as a celebration of their achievements and culture. Of late, it is also commemorated in Canada, United Kingdom and the Netherlands where it is called Black…

Florida inmates plan strike to coincide with Martin Luther King Day

The Guardian reported on January 15, that Florida’s prisoners were planning to initiate a statewide strike to protest conditions “they say amount to modern-day slavery,” saying that the protest was called by prisoners prisoners who were angry for being made to work as “unpaid clean-up crews” in high temperatures in September 2017, after Hurricane Irma hit the…

He Had a Dream The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the language of social justice today, when ‘allyship’ is and should be actively discussed, one can think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights leader who not only campaigned because, as an African American, he was oppressed, but also campaigned for others not like him who were also oppressed, albeit in…

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Understand what constitutes Hate Speech And learn how to act against it

There are at long last some indications that a few states at least are awakening to their constitutional duty to control the insidious saffron agenda of systematically spreading hatred against religious minorities as a prelude to violence. A countrywide action in this regard by concerned citizens and groups could go a long way in checking…

Dalits, Peacemakers

Stand Up for Human Rights today! Fr. Cedric Prakash sj pens this Exclusive Blog by Special Invitation

It is December 10th ‘Human Rights Day’ once again! This year the day is extra-special as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein puts it, “Next year – on 10 December 2018 – we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and this year’s Human Rights Day on Sunday marks…

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. According to ILO estimates, 40.3 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery, with 15.4 million in forced marriage and 24.9 million in forced labour. One out of every four modern slavery victims are children. Forced labor disproportionately impacts women and girls, as they…

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