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Times Now’s vilification of Teesta Setalvad: NBSA to hold hearing Hearing to be held via video-conferencing on Nov 26, 2020

On October 28, 2020, the National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) informed Times Now news channel, via an official email, to be present for a hearing on November 26, 2020, to look into allegations of a vilification campaign against journalist and activist Teesta Setalvad. The email said, “NBSA was of the prima facie view that the…

Why did Bihar police open fire on Kaimur Adivasis? Findings of report co-published by AIUFWP, CJP and DSG

On October 23, Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) and Vice President of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch, released a fact-finding report on the firing on Adivasis by Bihar Police in Kaimur. The firing had taken place on September 11, when the Adivasis were holding a peaceful sit-in protest in Adhaura. The report co-published…

UP Police adding to trauma of rape survivors? Report by CHRI and AALI showcases experiences of 14 rape survivors in UP

In wake of the rape, murder and forced cremation of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh, several questions are being raised about the role of the police in delaying even denying justice to rape survivors and victims. Now, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI) have come out with a report…

Persons deprived of liberty require specific focus: UN-IASC Guidance on prisoners and detainees amidst Covid-19

In March this year, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was getting serious, an Inter-Agency Standing Committee issued interim guidance on how people deprived of their liberty should be treated amidst growing concerns of the Coronavirus infection. The two agencies; Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), jointly…

Covid-19 disproportionately affecting Indigenous people: UN OHCHR issues guidance on protection of Indigenous Rights during the pandemic

Indigenous communities, who often lack access to proper healthcare facilities, on account of a history of oppression and discrimination, are also suffering disproportionately due to the Covid-19 pandemic as per the United Nations. A guidance released by the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, titled Covid-19 and Indigenous People’s Rights, says, “The COVID-19 pandemic is…

Revisiting DK Basu: The most relevant judgment of all time A landmark judgment that held that torture revealed the darker side of human civilization

Case title: D.K.Basu vs. State of West Bengal Case No.: Writ Petition (Crl) No. 592 of 1987 Date of judgement: December 18, 1996 Coram: Justices Kuldip Singh and A.S. Anand ‘Torture’ of a human being by another human being is essentially an instrument to impose the will of the ’strong’ over the ‘weak’ by suffering…

Women street vendors particularly vulnerable during lockdown: ISST-Janpahal Survey finds they face high loss of livelihood, sexual harassment

Thrice oppressed, women street vendors have turned to exhausting personal savings for survival besides bearing the overarching burden of household chores reveals this survey by ISST-Janpahal in Delhi. Gender disparities sharpen during calamities and conflicts making the burden worse. So it has been for the impact of the Covid19 pandemic lockdown. While migrant labourers and…

CJP complains to NBSA against Zee News report on “Zameen Jihad” The channel has submitted its response and the hearing will commence once NBSA resumes functioning

The channel allegedly borrowed the deeply communal term from social media and ran a complete show propagating various types of Jihad in the country categorising them as soft jihad and hard jihad. In March, Zee News aired a programme hosted by Mr. Sudhir Chaudhary called “DNA: Jammu मेंज़मीन के ‘इस्लामीकरण’ का DNA टेस्ट” (DNA test…

CJP sends complaint to India Today for its sting operation on Madrasas, terming them as hotspots The complaint also questions the sting operation and the hate peddled through the show

India Today has been conducting investigative journalism on COVID-19 related matters and in the 4th part of this series, its focus was on Madrasas. This show titled “Madrasa Hotpots: India Today Investigation” was hosted by Rahul Kanwal and was aired on April 10. This show was heavily and widely criticised for being blatantly Islamophobic and…

Family migrates from WB, son declared foreigner in Assam! Gauhati HC upholds Tinsukia FT’s order, does not accept land documents as proof

Even as the poor, the unlettered and the dispossessed worry about proving their citizenship in the absence of having proper documents, it turns out even when one has them there is no guarantee that they will be able to prove their case. Munindra Biswas learnt this the hard way. Now that the final NRC has…

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