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NCM seeks report from DGP Assam on CJP’s complaint against Kamlendu Sarkar The RSS leader had delivered an Islamophobic speech in December, 2020

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has responded to CJP’s complaint against RSS leader Kamalendu Sarkar and written to Guwahati’s Director General of Police (DGP), requesting for a detailed report within three weeks on the matter. CJP’s complaint dated December 21, 2020 to the esteemed commission highlighted the hate speech delivered by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh…

Lockdown Impact: Weaver family drowning in debt Part-2 of our on-going series based on CJP's Purvanchal fact-finding mission examining the decline of the traditional weaving industry

The traditional Banarasi weaving industry in India’s Purvanchal region is withering, and people engaged in the trade are struggling financially. Entire families have been pushed into poverty, girls are suffering in the absence of online education as schools are shut.  Our team came across 18-year-old Amina whose family of ten in Mubarakpur, is struggling to get back…

CJP approaches MEITy and Minority Affairs Ministry against Yati Narsinghanand His speeches online are virulently Islamophobic and anti-minority

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy) and the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MMA) with a complaint against Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, who has been making offensive and discriminatory speech online, selectively targeting the Muslim community. CJP’s complaint dated March 10, 2021, brings to the notice of both…

New MSP for Kharif crops

Factsheet on farm realities Why the new farm laws are harmful

Here’s a ready reckoner of ground realities when it comes to agriculture in India, as compiled by Prof Achin Vanaik for the Radical Socialist (RS) Group.   Agricultural Land and Landowners In 2015-16, by land size (all-India breakdown) marginal (less than 1 hectare) small (1-2 ha) semi-medium (2-4 ha)     {All-India average is 1.08 ha} medium…

Lockdown Impact: Weavers forced to become tea sellers! Part-1 of our on-going series based on CJP's Purvanchal fact-finding mission examining the decline of the traditional weaving industry

The once thriving Banarasi weaving industry has come to a grinding halt in wake of the Covid-19 induced national lockdown. But despite the heritage status accorded to the traditional handloom industry that is a part of the Varanasi’s culture for more than a millennium, Banarasi weavers are struggling to make ends meet, mainly due to…

Hostility towards Muslims violation of rights: UN special rapporteur’s report Highlights targeting via stereotypes, socio-economic exclusion, hate speech online

A report by UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed has been submitted before the on-going Human Rights Council’s 46th session. It examines how Islamophobia/anti-Muslim hatred infringes upon freedom of religion or belief. The report states that “perpetuating discrimination, hostility and violence towards Muslim individuals and communities undercuts the ability of affected Muslims…

Assam DLSAs unprepared for deluge of NRC appeals: CJP survey Survey of 10 Assam DLSAs shows that they are understaffed, and existing staff are under-trained

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights organisation that has been on the ground in Assam helping our fellow Indian citizens through various processes related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has conducted a survey to gauge the ability of the Assam State Legal Services Authority (ASLSA) to provide free legal aid to people excluded from the…

Legal service offices ill-equipped for NRC: Survey The Telegraph

The Mumbai-based organisation released the findings of the survey three days after filing a petition before Gauhati High Court According to the survey carried out between September to January, the ten DLSAs found wanting on vis-a-vis personnel, infrastructure and other facilities included Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Darrang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Kokrajhar and Udalgiri File picturem…

A case has been filed in the High Court of 19 lakh people who were left out of the NRC Axomiya Pratidin

Citizens for Justice & Peace survey reveals a worrying situation. There is no legal system available in the state to provide legal aid to the 19 million people excluded from the NRC. Citizens for Justice & Peace (CJP) has filed a PIL in the Guwahati High Court after conducting a survey in 10 districts. Following…

Plea To Provide Legal Aid To NRC Excluded People In Assam: Gauhati High Court Issues Notice To UOI, State Government LivelLaw

While hearing a plea filed by the Human rights organization ‘Citizens for Justice and Peace’ (CJP) [led by Teesta Setalvad] seeking proper legal aid for such people who have been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Gauhati High Court on Monday (01st March) issued notice to the Union of…

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