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NHRC’s advisories on Covid-19 How to help women, children, prisoners, persons with disability or mental illness

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is a statutory body under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 that aims to protect and promote the cause of Human Rights in India. It looks into violations of human rights by any State actors, recommend measures for the effective implementation of Human rights, to encourage organisations within…

Covid-19: Notifications and advisories issued by Indian states A comprehensive resource on where to find all coronavirus related communication by various state governments

While central government started gearing up for COVID 19 sometime in February, there were some states like Kerala and Madhya Pradesh which had started issuing Covid-19 related preventive measures in January itself. Here is a ready reckoner for accessing these notifications and orders with respect to COVID19 issued by states and Union Territories (UT) and…

CJP demands conversion of Goalpara detention camp into Corona Treatment Hospital Its location and accommodation capacity make it an ideal center for treatment amid the current situation

Guwahati, March 30, 2020: Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights organisation that has worked extensively in the state of Assam to help Indian citizens defend their citizenship during and after the process to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC), now demands that the upcoming Goalpara detention camp be converted into a…

Coronavirus Pandemic: CJP appeals for relief CJP against CoVid-19

CJP is reaching out to people impacted by the country-wide lockdown following the Corona virus  outbreak. Working together with The Jimme Foundation and Prayas ek khoj, we are providing relief by delivering essential supplies to the poor and  marginalised. We have also raising funds to distribute 10,000 masks in Assam to counter the threat of…

Covid-19: Guidelines for volunteers providing non-medical relief to the needy If you are a relief worker providing ration and food during the covid-19 outbreak, this is for you.

The Covid-19 crisis in India has left many throughout the country bereft of essentials. While medical relief and rehabilitation is ongoing, there is a need for volunteers to reach to the grassroots and the marginalized communities to spread awareness of the pandemic and ensure they have enough to tide by this time. If you are…

Laws in the time of Corona Some laws which are helping the administration in containing the spread of the virus

As the Covid-19 pandemic claims new lives everyday and fresh cases emerge in different states, certain laws and legal provisions can enable a system to be put in place to best manage the fragile and fast deteriorating situation. Here’s a look at some such laws and how they can help the administration check the spread…

Your shit kills! Deaths of sanitation workers continue even as governments claim (sic) that they have no person involved in manual scavenging

“In India, a man is not a scavenger because of his work. He is a scavenger because of his birth irrespective of the question whether he does scavenging or not.” – Dr B.R. Ambedkar   In a report released recently by the ‘Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan’[1], Gujarat reported 62 deaths of manual scavengers, followed by Maharashtra and…

The High Level Committee’s Report on Socio-economic, Health and Educational Status of Tribal Communities of India (May 29, 2014) Committee headed by Prof. Virginius Xaxa

In August 2014, the Prime Minister’s Office constituted a High-Level Committee (HLC) with Prof. Virginius Xaxa as Chairperson. In its Terms of Reference (TOR), the Committee was mandated “to examine the socioeconomic, educational and health status of tribal communities and recommend appropriate interventional measures to improve the same”. The Report comprises thematic sections based on…

SC on Aarey: Stop tree felling till Oct 21 Apex court also orders release of arrested activists

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered that no more trees be cut in Mumbai’s Aarey forest until October 21, when it would hear a plea against the government’s decision to clear the area for a metro car shed. The court, in its directions, also asked all activists who have been detained for protesting the government’s action…

Aarey Tree

Aarey: Trees Felled in the Dead of the Night CJP Stands with Aarey

On Friday night trees in Aarey Milk Colony, a region regarded as Mumbai’s “green lungs”, were felled. This, just hours after the Bombay High Court shockingly disposed of all petitions against the felling of over 2,700 trees to make way for a car shed for the Mumbai Metro project. CJP has been following all developments…

Aarey's adivasis are fighting against losing land that they feel is historically theirs

Aarey! What’s going on? Trees felled in the dead of the night, why is this forest a thorn in the government's flesh?

On Friday night trees in Aarey Milk Colony, a region regarded as Mumbai’s “green lungs”, were felled, purportedly with full blessings of the ruling dispensation. This, just hours after the Bombay High Court shockingly disposed of all petitions against the felling of over 2,700 trees to make way for a car shed for the Mumbai…

Disasters, Displacement and Political Dis-enfranchisement in a warming world Exclusive Blog: How flood displacement leads to uneducated and destitute women becoming D Voters in Assam

Hannah Ardent in her work on The Origins of Totalitarianism, interrogated the contradiction in the modern conception of rights. Based on her experience of statelessness, she pointed that despite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it was membership of a nation-state that gave humans the right to have rights. This ‘right to have a right’ is…

Aarey: Mumbai’s struggle to save its lungs How ordinary people are standing up against a bully state government

The battle to preserve the last green cover, popularly known as the “lungs” of Mumbai city has becomes uglier with the targeting of Save Aarey activists on social media. Several suspicious looking handles published residential addresses of activists involved in the struggle on twitter. This was a barely veiled attempt at intimidation. Aarey protests picked…

A quest for Dignity and Justice

A quest for Dignity and Justice Sonbhadra Forest Movement leader calls for protests on July 14

Forest movement leader and Human Rights Defender (HRD) Sokalo Gond calls for July 14 to be commemorated in the memory of her son who died allegedly because of Hindalco doctors’ apathy. “The day he died, we went to buy school dress, pencils and everything else for the other children. He was getting fever for some…

Aarey Adivasi’s Roar at Public Hearing Mumbaikars urge a callous Tree Authority to save its Forest

Apart from being the Green Lungs of the city, Aarey is also home to 27 Adivasi Padas or hamlets. The residents of these padas attended the Public hearing of the Tree Authority to oppose the felling of 2702 trees for a Metro Shed. They were overwhelmingly represented by women and their refrain was to protect…

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