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CJP has pursued the ideals of justice, liberty and equality, enshrined in the Indian Constitution, in our courts, in communities, with the political class and the media. CJP believes in a citizenry that is action oriented and willing to become the agent of change, to breathe life and spirit into the Constitutional dream.

Gauri Lankesh case: CJP assists sister Kavitha move SC SLP filed opposing dropping of KCOCA charges against key accused

CJP is assisting filmmaker and poet Kavitha Lankesh, sister of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh move Supreme Court against an order by the Karnataka High Court dropping charges under Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) against accused Mohan Nayak. The accused has used the Karnataka HC order to apply for bail in the case. Mohan…

CJP’s Guwahati legal aid petition: State fails to file an affidavit CJP had moved the HC over inadequate legal aid for NRC excluded persons

The State of Assam has failed to file an affidavit in the matter before the High Court, where CJP had sought 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 several pending appeals to be…

Inadequate legal aid for NRC excluded persons, CJP moves Guwahati HC Plea for robust infrastructure to deal with impending deluge of applicants at FTs

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…

CJP’s Love Jihad amendment petition allowed by SC Now, love jihad laws of MP and HP will also be included

On February 17, the Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, admitted CJP’s amendment to its original petition to include the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019. The order reads, “I.A. No. 21146 of 2021…

CJP moves SC to include MP, HP in its ‘Love Jihad’ petition Seeks amendment to original petition to add laws by other states

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed an application before the Supreme Court of India seeking to amend its original writ petition that challenged the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand anti-conversion laws. CJP now also seeks to incorporate the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019…

CJP’s Love Jihad Petition: SC issues notice to UP and Uttarakhand It has agreed to test the constitutionality of the anti-conversion laws enforced the two states

The three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice S.A Bobde and Justices V Ramasubramanian and AS Bopanna heard the petitions challenging the validity of the newly enacted Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020 and the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018, and issued notices to the respective states. It said, “Issue notice…

CJP moves SC against “Love Jihad” laws Asks to strike down laws passed by Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh as un-constitutional

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018. CJP, a human rights organisation with a long history of safeguarding the rights and interests of…

CJP Hathras intervention

CJP moves Supreme Court in Hathras case Plea seeks SC monitored investigation, witness protection and judicial inquiry into cremation of victim's body

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has moved an Intervention Application (IA) in the Supreme Court in connection with the case involving the recent gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras. CJP, a human rights organisation with a long history of defending Victims against the mighty State, in the courts and beyond, felt compelled…

The CJP effect: SC orders no children be sent to detention camps in Assam The apex court passed an interim order protecting children’s rights affected by the Assam’s NRC process. Attorney General K Venugopal was required to record an undertaking in this regard

CJP’s application sought directions from the apex court that drew attention to the Constitutional, legal obligations and prayed, specifically that no child excluded from the NRC is either sent to detention camps nor separated from their parents in Assam. In November 2019, CJP (Citizens for Justice and Peace, Mumbai) had filed an Intervention Application for Directions…

Breaking: All Intervention Applications defending FRA, 2006 admitted by SC HRDs Sokalo Gond and Nivada Rana’s IA backed by CJP and AIUFWP also admitted, interveners to file written submissions

In a major breakthrough for Adivasi organisations and advocates of rights of forest dwelling communities, the Supreme Court of India has admitted all the 19 intervention applications that had been filed before it urging it to stop the eviction of millions of forest dwellers. Filed by different sets of directly concerned individuals and organisations, all…

Release Political Prisoners: CJP to Maharashtra CM In wake of Fr. Stan’s passing, CJP appeals for release of remaining Bhima Koregaon accused

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has once again written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, urging him to consider recommending to the high-power committee, that the remaining accused in the Bhima Koregaon case be released on interim bail. There are still 14 people languishing in jail after Fr. Stan Swamy passed away and Varavara…

CJP Impact: Twitter suspends 21 accounts threatening Muslim women with sexual violence 3 accounts actioned for violating Twitter rules, 11 posts removed

Twitter has responded to Citizens for Justice and Peace’s (CJP) complaint against certain accounts that engaged in an abusive campaign against Muslim women. These accounts often used foul language, posted obscene and pornographic content, and encouraged sexual violence against Muslim women. In their response dated July 9 to our complaint (Case number #0210218588), Twitter apprised…

CJP moves NBSA over Zee’s ‘Vaccine Jihad’ show Show was communal, based on unverified information

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed a complaint with the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) against Zee Media’s channel Zee Hindustan, that aired a show about a so-called big revelation that involved “Vaccine jihad” in the country. The show’s content was about a Muslim auxiliary nurse midwife who allegedly wasted vaccine syringes by not administering…

CJP writes to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray seeking release of BK-15 Unhygienic, inadequate infrastructure in jails threatens their health

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), dedicated to its movement of upholding and defending the freedom and constitutional rights of all Indians, has written to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, urging him to recommend releasing the 15 accused on interim bail to the high-power committee. After learning about some harrowing accounts of…

Bed-blocking scam: CJP approaches NCM against Tejasvi Surya’s communal claim He only read out names of Bangalore's Covid war-room's Muslim staffers, insinuating their involvement

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has moved the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) against Bhartiya Janata Party’s Bengaluru (South) Member of Parliament Tejasvi Surya and three fellow MLAs who attempted to lend a communal spin to the alleged ‘bed-blocking scam’ in Bangalore. They made communal remarks, and allegedly accused only 16 Muslim staff members…

FT Notices pasted on electric poles, CJP petitions Assam authorities Pasting notice for appearance in public places is against due process

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.…

CJP moves NCPCR and NCM against assault on minor Asif was thrashed for entering a temple by Yati Narsinghanand’s disciple

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and National Commission for Minorities with a complaint against the assault on a minor boy Asif, for entering a temple to drink water by Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati’s disciple and the subsequent justification of the hate crime. CJP’s…

CJP approaches MEITy and Minority Affairs Ministry against Yati Narsinghanand His speeches online are virulently Islamophobic and anti-minority

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy) and the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MMA) with a complaint against Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, who has been making offensive and discriminatory speech online, selectively targeting the Muslim community. CJP’s complaint dated March 10, 2021, brings to the notice of both…

CJP petitions NHRC over communal clashes in Madhya Pradesh A daily wager’s house was illegal razed as a consequence

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has, in a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), urged the authority to take a suo motu notice and conduct an investigation into the violence and inflammatory sloganeering against the residents of Begum Bagh in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. On January 18, 2021, CJP approached the Commission to…

Another Victory for CJP

CJP in action: Files a complaint with Facebook against Ragini Tiwari Serial hate offender Ragini Tiwari spread hate against farmers

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached Facebook India with a complaint against Ragini Tiwari for her hateful video against the farmer protests. The CJP complaint dated December 24, 2020 to Facebook brings to their notice, the threatening video of Ragini Tiwari spreading hate against the farmers agitating against the three central legislations. CJP is…

Gov’t doesn’t really care about us: Forcibly evicted Khandwa Adivasis 40 families left shelter-less amidst monsoon and Covid

After watching a rampaging mob destroy their homes and loot their property on July 10, even as Forest Department and Police officials deployed at the spot stood by, Adivasi villagers of Madhya Pradesh’s Negaon-Jamniya village are now demanding justice. They shared their heart-rending stories at an online press conference co-organised by Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan…

Right to health: Obligations of the State How the government is expected to protect your health

The Covid-19 crisis has given fresh momentum to conversations surrounding our Right to Health. From the right to basic medication to a demand for vaccine camps for all, organisations like CJP have been at the forefront of defending this right. However, when it comes to the obligations of the State to serve its people, what…

CJP approaches Twitter over sexually violent content against Muslim women Obscene and abusive content exists on Twitter despite its policy against it

Citizens for Justice and Peace has sent a complaint to Twitter bringing its attention to certain abusive accounts on Twitter that indulge in a sexualised campaign against Muslim women. The complaint has listed down some unchecked accounts that promote material that is not only pornographic but also glorifies sexual violence against Muslim women. It states…

Hany Babu

Hany Babu tests Covid positive, eye infection gets worse Sign CJP's petition to free Hany Babu NOW!

Bhima Koregaon-accused Hany Babu, in custody sans-trial since July 2020, was diagnosed as Covid-19 positive on May 13, 2021. The news came shortly after reports of the professor suffering a dire eye infection in Taloja jail. His wife Dr Jenny Rowena learnt about Hany Babu’s illness at around 7:30 PM at J. J. Hospital in…

Sign CJP’s petition to release political prisoners now! The raging pandemic inside overcrowded jails has put their lives in danger

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…

Forest Land Claims filed in Chitrakoot: AIUFWP and CJP make history! Claims filed for eight villages, 10 more in the pipeline

Rights of Adivasis and forest-dwelling communities have always been a key focus area for both, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and our partner organisation All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP). We have been supporting these communities, especially their women grassroots leaders, navigate the complex labyrinth of bureaucracy and stake legal claim to…

Chorus grows to defend voting rights of Migrant Workers Association for Democratic Rights holds webinar; CJP had launched campaign in July 2020

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) held a webinar on Thursday bringing together activists and Human Rights groups to draw attention to migrant labourers’ right to vote and how it is often violated under the present system. Speakers included three former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. SY Quraishi, Dr. Nasim Zaidi and OP Rawat, as well…

Why did Bihar police open fire on Kaimur Adivasis? Findings of report co-published by AIUFWP, CJP and DSG

On October 23, Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) and Vice President of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch, released a fact-finding report on the firing on Adivasis by Bihar Police in Kaimur. The firing had taken place on September 11, when the Adivasis were holding a peaceful sit-in protest in Adhaura. The report co-published…

Runaway youth declared ‘foreigner’ in Assam Found four years later in a detention camp!

A few years ago, when he was just a teenager, Amit, son of Arabinda Basu, fell into some bad company and took to alcohol. This enraged his father and one day when Arabainda caught Amit red-handed, the father beat up the son. This caused Amit to run away from home. It was only recently discovered…

The year that was: Detention camps, healthcare crisis, violation of Constitution! CJP looks back at campaign progress in UP's Purvanchal region and Assam

Working as a single unit, organisations like Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), and the Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG) have closely observed the state of Covid-19 crisis in India and the government’s attitude towards it. Over the last four to five weeks, the groups examined the…

CJP’s online training programme on CAA-NPR-NRC CJP addressed activists and educationists in Mumbai about India’s citizenship laws

Amidst the Covid-19 chaos, many pressing social issues were side-lined at the beginning of 2020. Among them were some of the most pivotal movements against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). While the physical presence of this dissent had to be withdrawn, organisations like Citizenship…

Repeal UAPA: End targeting of minorities and dissenters Day one of a three-day consultation on inhuman provisions of anti-terror laws

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) along with a hundred organisations including the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) organised a three-day consultation on the implementation of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The session began on January 20, 2021, and here’s what transpired on day one. Repeal of the UAPA and the National…

farm bills and FRA conversation

फार्म बिल का विरोध और वन अधिकार: एक वार्तालाप कृषि कानून, उसका विरोध और वन अधिकार

CJP सचिव तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ ने AIUFWP के महासचिव अशोक चौधरी, उप सचिव रोमा मलिक, AIUFWP नेताओं और फार्म बिल पर वन निवासियों के साथ एक लंबी एवं विस्तृत बातचीत की, जिसमे विरोध प्रदर्शन और वन अधिकारों और उनकी ऐतिहासिक प्रासंगिकता के सम्बन्ध में चर्चा हुई. Related: AIUFWP और वन आश्रित समुदाय ने किसान विरोधी कानून…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण सामुदायिक दावे और इन्हें दायर करने के अलग अलग चरण

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह वीडियो, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA दो हज़ार छे को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। इस…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण भाग ३ सामुदायिक दावे और इन्हें दायर करने के अलग अलग चरण

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह पॉडकास्ट, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA दो हज़ार छे को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। भाग…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण भाग २ पॉडकास्ट में समझें संविधान और वन अधिकार

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह पॉडकास्ट, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA 2006 को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। भाग दो में जानी…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण भाग १ पॉडकास्ट में सुनिए FRA क़ानून बनाने की पृष्ठभूमि

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह पॉडकास्ट, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA 2006 को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। भाग एक में सुनिए…

Legal muscle to defend Forest Rights Day 2 of CJP webinar sheds light on laws and their implementation

Day 2 of the CJP webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19 saw a more in-depth discussion on the law and how its lax implementation had left millions of forest dwellers vulnerable. The webinar started with a beautiful song by the Adivasi women from Tharu tribe of Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh about the struggle of the villagers of Kajaria.…

CJP webinar on Forest Rights: Testimonies from Grassroot Activists In Part 3 of our report on the CJP webinar, activists strike a hopeful chord

In the concluding part of Day 1 of CJP’s webinar, grassroot activists, many of whom work closely with our partner organisation All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) shared stories of small victories that helped end the day on an upbeat note. Nivada Rana: We have been facing oppression since the days of my…

Justice for Faisal: Sign CJP’s petition NOW! The young vegetable seller was allegedly beaten to death by UP cops

Mohammad Faisal Husain, a young vegetable vendor and the sole breadwinner for his family of six, was allegedly beaten to death by the Unnao Police on May 20. Some media reports state that his post mortem report revealed that he succumbed to a head injury. The post mortem examination also found a severe injury behind his…

Hany Babu

CJP’s petition to release Hany Babu for eye treatment: Sign Now! The professor is suffering from a severe eye infection, and could lose vision in one eye

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has launched an online petition to free Hany Babu, the 55-year-old Professor, who is an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, has been in custody since July 2020 without trial. Unfortunately, since May 3, he has developed an acute eye infection in Taloja Jail, with little or no vision…

CJP demands justice for non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits Sign our petition to support campaign by KPSS for inclusion of the community in government schemes

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has launched a new campaign to demand justice for non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit families in association with our partner organisation Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS). We have launched an online petition urging the people of India to come together to appeal to the Central Government and Jammu and Kashmir Lt…

CJP’s online petition to CJI: Hold Kapil Mishra accountable for instigating the Delhi violence Sign our petition urging CJI Bobde to prosecute the serial hate offender

In the wake of the gruesome Delhi violence, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has initiated an Online Petition appealing to the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, to hold Kapil Mishra – said to be the chief instigator – accountable for instigating violence using hate speech and prosecute him. BJP leader Kapil Mishra is…

Release Chandrasekhar Azad

चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद को रिहा करो अभी इस याचिका पर हस्ताक्षर करें

भीम सेना प्रमुख, चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद की रिहाई और उनके खिलाफ राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा कानून (रासुका या NSA) के आरोपों को खारिज करने के लिये CJP ने उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्य मंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ के नाम एक याचिका तैयार की है. हमने उनसे अनुरोध किया है कि वे जल्द से जल्द चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद को जेल से रिहा…

intervene and secure justice for TISS students

CJP Appeals to MHRD to intervene and secure justice for TISS students Sign our petition NOW!

TISS students from the campuses in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad and Guwahati have been on strike since February 21, 2018. Their peaceful protest focuses on issues that have a universal and far reaching impact on the education system in India. The main concern behind the protests is against the withdrawal of fee exemption and waivers to…

Rath Yatra 2018: Political ploy or Communal Conspiracy? The last time a chariot passed through India, it triggered hate and violence

The RSS and its affiliates have started a Rath Yatra aimed at polarising voters in upcoming elections. This even as the Supreme Court hears the Ayodhya dispute case. CJP calls for peaceful protests at each stop of the Rath Yatra takes. We also urge people to hold programmes for Peace and Communal Harmony. After all, India…

प्रेम जन्म भूमि – एक कदम शांति की ओर सर्वोच्च न्यायलय में हमारी याचिका का समर्थन करें

देश के कोने कोने से अलग अलग व्यवसायों से जुड़े तीस से अधिक लोग, जो हज़ारों हिन्दुस्तानियों की तरह की अमन की इच्छा रखतें हैं, आज CJP के साथ मिल कर सुप्रीम कोर्ट में अयोध्या विवाद के केस में हस्तक्षेप कर रहे हैं| हमारी प्रार्थना है की संवैधानिक मूल्यों को ध्यान में रखते हुए फैसला…

Ayodhya Dispute: Give Peace a Chance Sign this online petition supporting our intervention in the Supreme Court

Citizens for Justice and Peace and several prominent Indians, from different walks of life, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court to intervene in the Ayodhya dispute case. We believe that this is neither a property dispute, nor a Hindu vs Muslim issue but a matter that affects the very soul of India. A…

Free Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan

Free Chandrashekhar Azad (Ravan) Sign our petition today!

Bhim Army Chief, Chandrashekhar Azad, popularly known as Ravan, has been incarcerated in an unjust manner for about 8 months now. He was arrested by the UP police on June 9, 2017 in connection with the Saharanpur violence of May 2017. Apart from multiple criminal cases, that CJP believes are being unjustly foist on him,…

CJP Moves NHRC Against Police Excesses In Daryaganj

CJP in Action: CJP moves NHRC against police excesses in Daryaganj  The Commission has registered the complaint that retells the horrors of the night when 18 minors were detained

CJP took note of this abhorrent incident in Delhi in which 8 minors were detained by the Daryaganj Police station and were reportedly stripped below the waist and beaten with lathis and belts. An email was first sent in order to lodge a complaint at the earliest detailing how the detained minors were beaten and how…

NHRC Takes Note Of Complaints

CJP in Action: NHRC takes note of complaints, issues notice to UP police chief  After receiving multiple complaints about violence against anti-CAA protesters, NHRC seeks a report from UP police

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognizance of the many complaints received by it concerning the several human rights violations in police action undertaken during anti-CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh. Teesta Setalvad’s complaint on behalf of Citizens for Justice and Peace was one of the complaints received and officially taken on record by…

AAJ Tak airs inflammatory debate, posts hateful content on Twitter Acts despite NBSA advisory, CJP sends written complaint to the broadcaster

While covering the Ayodhya dispute case, Aaj Tak resorted to certain practices which were violative of the guidelines issued by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA). The channel not only aired a debate where participants were allowed to make hateful statements against the minority community, it also made a post on twitter about another show…

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Hate Watch: CJP writes to Zee News Seeks action against hate filled poetry show

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has written to the Zee Media Corporation after its channel, Zee News, saw fit to air a divisive programme on June 30, 2018, on its ‘Kya Kehta Hai India’ segment. The programme featured multiple poets who called for widespread violence against the population of Jammu and Kashmir, with no…

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