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Gujarat’s PASA Act: A long running saga of misuse and abuse

The Gujarat High Court in a recent order has pointed to the rampant misuse of the Prevention of Anti-social Activities (PASA) Act in the state. In September 2020, the Gujarat Assembly passed an amendment to the Act expanding its scope, amidst stiff opposition from the other parties. This widened the scope of abuse/misuse. With the 2020…


CJP combating Covid-19: Members continue mission to help vulnerable communities

With a finger on the pulse of India’s Covid-19 crisis, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has adapted its various campaigns to connect with vulnerable communities on ground and help-seeking individuals on social media. “This time CJP is concentrating on working with communities where we do rights work; in east Uttar Pradesh, Sonbhadra and Assam.…


FT Notices pasted on electric poles, CJP petitions Assam authorities

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached the Deputy Commissioner, Bongaigaon, Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam and Superintendent of Police (Border) with a memorandum to take cognisance of some instances where Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) notices are not being duly served upon the noticee/proceedee and are instead, pasted on electricity poles in Bongaigaon.…


Sign CJP’s petition to release political prisoners now!

The soaring rate of coronavirus infections in India has put a lot of pressure on the existing healthcare infrastructure, especially prisons across the nation that already lacks basic amenities. CJP, through this online petition, has humbly urged and requested the Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, to release all political prisoners, most of them who…


Victory! CJP helps two more Assam detention camp inmates get released on bail

On April 30, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) was able to help two men hailing from extremely economically weak backgrounds secure release on bail from the Goalpara detention camp in Assam. While Abdul Sheikh is a riot survivor whose home was burnt down during ethnic clashes in the state, Gopal Mandal never had a…


Scapegoating of Muslims amid Covid pandemic: A CSSS report

A recent report published by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) showcases how the entire Muslim community was demonised for the Coronavirus pandemic by the regime, and the media that drew a narrative that the Tablighi Jamaat gathering was “irresponsible” and a “super spreader”. The Tablighi Jamaat is one of the grassroots Islamic…


Bullets and bureaucracy: Van Gujjars of Shivalik hills are caught in the crosshairs

The Van Gujjars of Shivalik forests have a curious dilemma. Should they stay put in the middle of a region that is used by the Army for firing practice, or pack up and leave… and then go where? Should they revert to the nomadic life of their ancestors, or start life afresh on rented land?…


Foreigners’ Tribunals: Why were they established and how do they operate?

Recently Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)’s Assam team discovered that a number of Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) notices had been pasted on electricity poles in Bongaigaon in Assam. This is a clear violation of set law and procedure. In order to spot violations, one must first understand exactly how FTs are supposed to operate. Here,…


Pasting FT notices on electricity poles a violation of set law, procedure

Recently the Assam team of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) had discovered many notices by Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT) pasted on electricity poles in Bongaigaon in Assam. This is a clear violation of procedure laid down explicitly by the Foreigners (Tribunal) Order of 1964. As per point 3 of this order that deals with Procedure for…


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