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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…

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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…

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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)…

Child Rights

Budget for Children in #NewIndia in 2018-19 A few observations by Haq Centre for Child Rights

At 11 AM on February 1, 2018, the Finance Minister presented Union Budget2018-19 to the country. He presented it as the budget for #NewIndia. India’s 37% children (below the age of 18 years) are part of this new India.   Madam, while making the proposals in this year’s Budget, we have been guided by our…

Farmers’ Income may fall by 25 percent due to Climate change: Economic Survey 2018 Absence of policy measures and lack of irrigation to be blamed

The Economic Survey 2018 was released on January 29, 2018 at the beginning of the Budget Session of the Parliament and things are not looking up for the Indian farmer. While, the survey paints a picture of increase in growth rate, it does not gloss over the shortcomings of many sectors, especially agriculture. In a…

Saffron Conspiracy in Bhima Koregaon

Saffron Conspiracy in Bhima Koregaon? Fact finding report by Rashtra Seva Dal unearths insidious scheme to target Dalits

On January 1, 2018, thousands of Dalit families that had gathered at Bhima Koregaon to pay homage to the Dalit Mahar martyrs of the Anglo-Maratha war of 1818, were targeted and attacked by members of extreme right wing Hindutva groups. The saffron goons not only pelted the Dalit gathering, where there were thousands of women…

Procedure not Privilege, Assigning Cases in the SC Roster Analysing Issues Raised in the Letter of Four Judges of the SC Collegium

Four Judges of Supreme Court, J Chelameshwar, J Ranjan Gogoi, J Madan B. Lokur and J Kurian Joseph wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India addressing their concern about the way allocation of few cases has been done by the Hon’ble Justice of India. In the letter they have said the convention of recognizing…

Upward surge in Human Rights Violations in the Valley: JKCCS Annual report highlights cases of suppression of dissent

The Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), in its annual report for 2017, mentions the “upward surge” of human rights violations in the valley last year. Particularly in the efforts of pushing back against dissent, according to the report, “the authorities continue to use [sic] Public Safety Act (PSA) as an instrument to suppress…

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