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Inadequate legal aid for NRC excluded persons, CJP moves Guwahati HC

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed a petition before Guwahati High Court (previously Gauhati HC) seeking directions to the state to formulate effective and robust modalities for legal aid in terms of having trained panels of lawyers and adequate front offices in light of the impending appeals to be filed before Foreigners Tribunals by people…


Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders

CJP launched a campaign in solidarity with our human rights defenders whose basic rights are being infringed upon by the state. It is a call for strengthening dissent. Know more about the campaign at https://cjp.org.in/human-rights-defenders/   Podcast · Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders


What happens if an ‘unregistered’ labourer dies suddenly?

Kakdi Kakdya Potinda’s wrapped up body lay on a small cleared patch of red earth, as shocked mourners sat around, perhaps waiting for the last rites to be held. One wonders if the death of the 50-year-old Adivasi woman would ever make the news. She was not famous. She was just another worker eking out…


Our life is linked to the forests we call home: Van Gujjars

They are often hailed as eco warriors, as they take care of the forests, they live next to. For the Van Gujjar community taking the health of the forest is a top priority. But now, their very existence, as a community is in peril, as the forest cover is shrinking across the land, and the…


Bail under UAPA: Does the new SC judgment offer a ray of hope?

The Supreme Court recently passed a judgment upholding Kerala High Court’s order granting bail to an accused charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). This judgment has set a new precedent for consideration of bail of persons charged under UAPA, the number of which has been on the rise since the 2019 amendment…


#LoveAzaad Celebrate Love, Not Hate

In the wake of “Love Jihad Laws” being enacted by states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, #LoveAzaad campaign was rolled out. CJP has challenged the constitutional validity of the laws in the Supreme Court whilst also standing with the people of a diverse India.   Podcast · #LoveAzaad Celebrate Love, Not Hate


Love Azaad! What does freedom to love cost in contemporary India?

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) held a day-long event which started with an engaging Instagram live with independent journalist and founder of The Ladies Compartment where CJP Secretary Teesta Setalvad and she discussed the recent love jihad ordinances and answered some questions on the Special Marriage Act this…


Pushing Human Rights Jurisprudence a Challenge

Kanna advanced the argument that there should not be any form of prior sanction for prosecuting a policeman in a Human Rights Court. The fact that there is the establishment of a Human Rights Court at the district level under the protection of Human Rights Act is by itself a statutory sanction. No separate sanction…


CJP Impact: 34th person walks out of Assam Detention Camp

One more person has walked out of Assam’s infamous detention camps with CJP’s assistance, taking the tally to 34. Banesa Bibi was released on conditional bail from Kokrajhar detention camp after spending 2 years and 18 days behind bars. 58-year-old Banesa Bibi is a resident of Village no. 2 Dhupguri, Lungjhar that falls under the…


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