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“Grim and despairing, death-knell for the media” NWMI-FSC report exposes absence of press freedom in Kashmir

It has been a month since Kashmir went dark in wake of a virtual communication and media blockade, and now a report has emerged that exposes what is going on in that darkness. Prepared by the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and the Free Speech Collective (FSC), the report titled News Behind the Barbed Wire:…

Child Rights

Budget 2019: A mixed bag of sops for children Analysis by HAQ Center for Child Rights

The government of India presented its budged for 2019-2020 on July 5, and the share of children in this budget stands at a mere 3.2 percent. Another cause of worry is the cut back in allocations to schemes that deal with the ordeals of child labourers. Here’s an analysis of the budget by the HAQ…

Tuticorin firing

Tuticorin firing: Report slams TN for apathy, inadequate compensation and inaction People's Watch Report highlights gaps in approach of TN govt, NHRC, CBI, Justice Aruna Jagadeesan Committee

In a damning indictment of the State’s lack of compassion for victims and survivors of May 22, 2018 Tuticorin massacre, a new report by a human rights organisation has found that not only was the compensation inadequate, but that there was also a lack of accountability by multiple agencies looking into the matter. The report…

justice in the Naroda Patiya Massacre

Locating the Role of State and Changing Nature of Violence Part-1 of a Study on Communal Violence by Centre for Study of Society and Secularism

As per newspaper reports, the number of communal incidents all over India in 2018 has been the lowest in the past four years. The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) monitors reports of communal incidents in five newspapers every year. In 2018 the number of communal incidents reported was 38 as compared to…

Role of the Media: How Hate was Spread in 2002 in Gujarat Excerpts from the Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report, Crimes Against Humanity, Gujarat 2002

The following piece that first appeared in the Nov Dec 2002 edition of Communalism Combat examines the role of media in spreading hate during the Gujarat 2002 communal carnage.   The Tribunal recommends that all the recommendations made by the Editors’ Guild in its report on the Gujarat carnage be implemented. India; Rights and Wrongs the Editors…

Free Speech in India 2018 The State Rolls On

A Report by the FreeSpeechCollective Overview: The State flexes its muscles, other assaults continue unabated Free speech in India came under attack on all fronts in 2018. Alarmingly, even as assaults continued unabated, the State was all set to take on the mantle of the chief censor with repressive regulatory and surveillance mechanisms being put in place…

Hate Watch: CJP writes to NHRC about Varanasi Church attack Also urges Facebook to take action as its video feature was used to spread hate and incite violence

CJP was founded on the constitutional values of dialogue and harmony between various sections of Indian society, and it is consistently disappointing when dominant groups target minority communities in India. Recently, several local citizens’ organisations in Varanasi alleged, in a letter submitted to district officials, that a mob of members of the Hindu Yuva Shakti…

NRC Claims and Objections process

UN questions ‘statelessness and disenfranchisement’ of ‘minority groups’ in Assam Special Rapporteur's report to UNGA highlights plight of Bengali Muslims

The UN Special Rapporteur has once again raised the issue of possible statelessness of millions of people in Assam in wake of the exclusion of their names from the National Register of Citizens (NRC). This is part of a report titled Contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that was presented before…

Mixture of Innocuous and Publicly Available Facts and Baseless Fabrication: Sudha Bharadwaj Activist-lawyer gives Fitting Reply to Fake Letter circulated by Pune Cops

Decrying the willful campaign of misinformation launched by the State in a bid to justify the nationwide crackdown on human rights activists and dissenting voices, social activist and advocate Sudha Bharadwaj has hit back at the Pune Police for circulating a letter full of falsehoods. The said letter that was released to the press was…

कासगंज केस में फ़र्ज़ी पुलिस जांच तह्किकाती रिपोर्ट का सनसनीखेज़ खुलासा - पुलिस ने हिन्दुओं को बचाया, मुसलमानों को फंसाया

26 जनवरी 2018, गणतंत्र दिवस, की सुबह उत्तर प्रदेश के कासगंज शहर में सांप्रदायिक दंगा भड़का. पुलिस ने दावा किया कि हिंसा तब हुई जब हिंदुओं की एक मोटरसाइकिल रैली को मुसलमानों ने अपने मोहल्ले से गुज़रने से रोका. इस रैली में भाग ले रहे चंदन गुप्ता नाम के एक हिंदू लड़के की हिंसा के दौरान…

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