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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…

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…

Is UP at war with it’s own people? Fact finding report by Karwan-e-Mohabbat reveals administration's inefficiency and possible complicity

In wake of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) coming into effect, several protests had erupted across India. While most remained peaceful, violence was reported from a few. However, questions that need to be asked are; who triggered and who perpetrated the violence, and who was at the receiving end. Now, a fact-finding report by Karwan-e-Mohabbat,…

Ayodhya

Another Victory for CJP! NBSA rules in CJP’s favour in complaint against Aaj Tak The channel was reprimanded and warned, asked to remove content within 7 days

This has come as another victory for CJP in bringing the perpetrators of hate speech to book. The NBSA acted on CJP’s complaint against hateful content of Aaj Tak in connection with news coverage of the Ayodhya verdict and asked the channel to take down the debate episode in question from its social media platforms.…

Accessibility barriers and insufficient support services key hurdles for persons with disabilities: ILO Future of Work Report paints a bleak picture, urges immediate remedial measures

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has just released a report that highlights how challenges to participation in the workforce make persons with disabilities vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion. The report titled Making the future of work inclusive of people with disabilities is a joint publication by the ILO Global Business and Disability Network and the ONCE…

India needs safe public spaces for women: A re-look at the Justice Verma Committee Report 2013 Had the recommendations of the report be implemented in time, the heinous incident of sexual violence in Hyderabad could have been prevented

In the wake of the recent case of the most brutal rape-murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, attacked and killed when returning home after work, the question of the safety of women in India has yet again generated heated debate. In 2013, the Justice Verma Committee recommended better street lighting, 24/7 public transport, more alert…

Compilation of Forest Rights Act, Rules, and Guidelines Compiled by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme

This document contains the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA), Comprehensive Tribal Rules, and Guidelines on the implementation of the FRA. It also contains Annexures of forms to claim title for forest land under occupation, title to community forest rights and title to community forest resources, along with the format for furnishing quarterly reports. The document…

Statistical Profile of Scheduled Tribes in India, 2013 Compiled by the Statistics Division of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs

The second edition in this series publication has been divided in nine sections: Section-1 covers population and the demographic distribution of Scheduled Tribes as per Census 2011. Section-2 enlists the status of education of the STs by looking at attainment and deprivation in areas of education of Scheduled Tribes. Section-3 shows the health and family…

Overview of the law pertaining to land and governance under the Fifth Schedule Compiled by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with the UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs collaborated to compile this report on law pertaining to Schedules Areas as covered under the Fifth Schedule. The Report has been divided into three parts. Part I covers the Fifth Schedule of the Indian Constitution and its related provisions such as the criteria for…

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