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Hanged by Gaurakshaks, Denied Justice by the State Independent Investigation reveals how Jharkhand Police sabotaged lynching probe

An independent investigation by journalist Ajit Sahi has brought to light several instances of police negligence and even outright sabotage in connection with investigations into the hanging of Mazloom Ansari (32) and Imtiaz Khan (12) in Latehar, Jharkhand in March 2016. The report titled Hanged by Gaurakshaks, Denied Justice by the State was released in New…

Gujarat Lags Behind 14 States in Tribal Land Redistribution: Eklavya Sanghatan Tribals given pieces of paper with little legal value

A report released by Eklavya Sangathan, a Gujarat-based tribal rights organization, claims that Gujarat lags behind as many as 14 other states in ensuring that its tribal people get rights to forest land. The report is based on information released by the Government of India’s Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), that showcases the achievements of 20 states.…

Increased Cross-border Shelling has devastated lives: Concerned Citizens Group Six fold increase in ceasefire violations, 40,000 civilians evacuated

In view of the rise in cross-border firing between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, the Concerned Citizens’ Group (CCG) decided to visit some of the affected areas. They also held discussions with prominent opinion makers in Jammu and in Srinagar. The primary rationale…

Curb Cow Vigilantism

Divide and Rule in the Name of the Cow Findings of Fact Finding team investigating cow vigilantism and lynching

In a damning indictment of the government’s failure to stop violence against minorities, especially in the name of the cow protection, a new report by a fact finding team led by the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan has found that the so called ‘Gau Rakshaks’ are a communally motivated group that thrives on religiously motivated violence. What…

How the National Register of Citizens causes ‘othering’ of minorities in Assam Findings of a study by Sadbhav Mission, Delhi

On February 3, 2018, Sadbhav Mission, in collaboration with Delhi School of Social Work, organized a one day seminar, “Migrant Workers: Rights and Concerns”. A special session was held on National Register of Citizens (NRC) update in Assam. Based on the presentations and discussions following consensus emerged.   Assam is the only state in the…

Bangladesh government curtailing civil and political rights

Bangladesh government has created a fearful environment by curtailing civil and political rights: Odhikar Report slams Bangladesh for deteriorating human rights situation

Human rights organisation Odhikar has released report detailing the human rights situation in Bangladesh in February 2018. Bangladesh is currently governed by the Awami League-led alliance, which has been in power since 2009. The report alleges that the government has “made different, important government and independent institutions politicized and subservient to it.” It says that…

NRC Claims and Objections process

India Doesn’t Escape UN High Commissioner’s Concern on Global Rise of Dictators, Deteriorating Rights Violence against Muslims, Dalits and Criminalisation of Dissent mentioned

In a stark and sharp oral statement before the 37th session of the Human Rights Council while presenting the Annual Report, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has minced no words while speaking about out the emergence of global dictators.   On Authoritarian World Leaders Recalling Mandela’s greatness, the Commissioner spoke of…

Killing Crime with Crime

Killing Crime with Crime: Yogi’s UP Police on an Encounter spree Kills flaunted to attract investors?

Shootouts and encounters are on a rise in Uttar Pradesh (UP) under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with the government portraying encounters as a badge of honour. Official data released by the State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) indicates that there have been 1142 police encounters since the time (10 months) the government came…

Amir Rizvi

3 out of 4 Bohra girls forced to undergo FGM New study makes shocking revelations on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

A newly published study, titled ‘The Clitoral Hood: A Contested Site’ has found that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is widely prevalent among India’s Bohra community. The qualitative study, which involved interviews with 94 people–83 women and 11 men–has revealed that 75% of daughters (aged 7 and above) of all respondents had undergone FGM/C, or ‘khafd’,…

Adivasi woman dies in Jharkhand as Aadhaar crumbles like a House of Cards How Lukhi Murmu’s unnatural death in Jharkhand is a damning indictment of a flailing PDS system

Lukhi Murmu, a 30 year old resident of Dhawadangal village in Ghagharjani Gram Panchayat (Pakur, Jharkhand) died on January 23, 2018. Her cause of death may have been under-nutrition and exhaustion, as revealed by a Fact-finding Report by members of the Right to Food Campaign. The report has highlighted serious shortcomings in the Public Distribution System (PDS)…

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