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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.

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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…

Citizenship Dilemma in Assam

CJP moves SC to defend genuine Citizenship of people in Assam Petition raises key questions about definition of citizen, immigrant and impact on descedants

Even as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is all set to be published by August 31, 2019, there are several concerns about people who have been left out of the coveted list. Now, CJP, determined to make sure that no genuine Indian citizen suffers, has moved Supreme Court asking for it to take a…

Sokalo Gond and Nivada Rana lead the campaign for Forest Rights in SC Intervention Application backed by CJP and AIUFWP

Adivasi human rights defenders Sokalo Gond and Nivada Rana have moved Supreme Court praying for justice for millions of forest dwellers, especially women, who have been denied forest rights, and now face the prospect of eviction from their traditional habitats. The duo have filed an intervention application in the ongoing case led by Wildlife First.…

Zakia Jafri Case: Bringing the High and Mighty to Justice CJP works alongside Zakia Jafri in a mammoth litigation

The Zakia Jafri case is a unique and unprecedented litigation that attempts to pin responsibility for the Gujarat 2002 carnage on the people who were in power at the time… people who failed to prevent the spread of violence, and may have done so deliberately. Often confused with the Gulberg Society case, mainly due to…

CJP and AIUFWP move Allahabad High Court to release illegally detained Adivasis Habeas Corpus Petition filed to protect Sukalo Gond and Kismatiya Gond

CJP is committed to upholding and defending the rights of all Indians, especially those belonging to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of society. With this in mind, we have been fighting shoulder to shoulder with Adivasis and forest workers in different parts of India, in our common quest for the implementation of…

justice in the Naroda Patiya Massacre

CJP fights for justice in the Naroda Patiya Massacre Punctures Prevalent Culture of Impunity

For 16 long years, CJP has stood by its credo, to assist the eye-witness survivors of the genocidal carnage in Gujarat in 2002, get justice and reparation. We have battled within the Courts, stood by the Survivors in their quest for justice and achieved milestones. In the process we have also been victimised by an…

सीजेपी निशाने पर हमारे साथियों को डराने-धमकाने और उत्पीड़ित करने का एक व्यापक विवरण

हाल ही में, धर्मनिरपेक्षता और धार्मिक अल्पसंख्यकों के साथ मानव अधिकार संबंधी कार्य के प्रति अपनी वचनबद्धता के कारण सीजेपी सचिव तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ जी को दो टीवी समाचार चैनलों ने “हिंदुत्वविरोधी” कहा है. इस के कारणवश सीजेपी ने एनएचआरसी को इस में दखल देने का आग्रह किया, क्योंकि इस तरह की गैरजिम्मेदाराना और दुर्भावनापूर्ण रिपोर्ट…

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…

CJP moves NBSA against India Today’s sting operation on Madrasas The NBSA while taking cognisance has asked the channel to respond within 7 days

CJP has moved the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) seeking action against India Today for running a sting operation on madrasas when the Covid-19 pandemic had started to make headway in India. The show titled Madrasa Hotpots: India Today Investigation hosted by Rahul Kanwal, was aired on India Today TV news channel on April 10, 2020. After this…

NBSA forwards CJP’s complaint against Sudarshan News to I&B Ministry The complaint was filed against the promotional video of the ‘UPSC Jihad’ show

CJP has received a response from News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) on its complaint against Sudarshan News that the complaint has been directed to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) since the news channel is not a member of News Broadcasters Association (NBA). The response states, “This is to inform you that Sudarshan TV…

CJP moves NBSA against Sudarshan News Files complaint against highly communal promotional trailer about 'UPSC Jihad'

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed a complaint with the  News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) in connection with a communally inflammatory promotional video for a show on the presence of minorities in public service. This complaint is against Sudarshan News, a television news channel, for a trailer of the show alleging ‘UPSC Jihad’ that…

Waiting for Lt Gov: Non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits hope for urgent reforms Lt Gov yet to find time to look at KPSS memorandum detailing plight of community

It has been ten days since the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) sent its final memorandum to the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory authorities demanding urgent relief for members of the minority Hindu Kashmiri Pandit community in the state. But it turns out that the Lt Governor hasn’t even looked at it yet! According to…

Sultanpur rape case: NHRC demands police report on death threats to journalist CJP had moved NHRC seeking protection for reporter who had exposed police inaction and possible cover-up in the case

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked UP Police to file an Action Taken Report in the case of a journalist receiving death threats and threats for false implication in cases after he reported on inaction of police in a rape case in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh. In October 2019, Citizens for Justice and Peace…

CJP-AIUFWP move NCW against sexual assault and abuse of Van Gujjar women The women were brutally beaten up in broad daylight and were subjected to gendered violence in custody

After having registered its complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) along with All India Union for Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have now approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) against police personnel and forest officials of Rajaji National Park, Dehradun. The petition to NHRC was regarding the human rights…

CJP-AIUFWP petition NCST to take note of atrocities against Van Gujjars Their shelter destroyed, members of the tribe were even subjected to custodial violence

The injustices meted out to some members of the Van Gujjar community of Rajaji National park Dehradun, allegedly by forest officials and police personnel, have been brought to the notice of the National Commission of Scheduled Tribes (NCST). In a joint petition, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the All India Union for Forest…

AIUFWP seeks to join inquiry committee in Van Gujjar assault case The Chief Conservator of Forests had ordered an independent inquiry into the matter

In the aftermath of the violent attack on Van Gujjars of Rajaji National Park, an independent inquiry has been ordered by the Principal Conservator of Forests, Uttarakhand to look into the matter. The All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), a partner organisation with Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), has made a representation to…

Adivasi women attacked in UP, CJP-AIUFWP move NHRC Forest officials brandishing rifles allegedly molest Tharu women in broad daylight, assault youngsters

In yet another example of impunity, forest officials in Uttar Pradesh allegedly attacked and even molested Adivasi women belonging to the Tharu tribe, in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. In light of this, CJP and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have once again approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding action…

CJP moves NHRC against police and forest officials in Dehradun for assaulting tribals Van Gujjars were beaten up, their shelter destroyed, they were even subjected to custodial violence

CJP and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have brought to the attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) a recent instance of blatant violation of legal as well as human rights of Van Gujjars of Dehradun at the hands of police and forest officials. The complaint showcases how the officials not only…

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…

CJP helps Assam man walk free after 12 years behind bars! Jabed Ali served two consecutive sentences; 10-years for an unrelated matter and 2 years in detention camp

67-year old Jabed Ali walked out of the Kokrajhar Detention Camp in Assam on July 22, 2020, after spending a total of over 12 years in captivity. He is the 33rd person to be released from a detention camp due to CJP’s efforts. This is his story. Jabed Ali, a daily-wage labourer, hails from Nilibari village that falls under the…

পরিযায়ী শ্রমিকদের ভোট দেওয়ার অধিকার: সিজেপির অভিযান ECI এর কাছে ডাক ভোটপত্রের দাবি রেখে স্মারকলিপিতে স্বাক্ষর

কোবিদ ১৯ এবং লকডাউনের মাঝে বহু পরিযায়ী শ্রমিক নিজ নিজ গ্রামে ফিরে গেছেন।  বহু অনেক কষ্টে নিজের বাড়ি পৌঁছেছেন আর বহু কাজকর্ম হারিয়ে এখন চাকরিবিহীন। রাজ্য বিধানসভা ভোট এবং সংসদীয় উপ নির্বাচনের প্রক্রিয়া শুরু হতে চলেছে আর কয়েক মাসের মধ্যে।  এর মধ্যে, এরকম বহু শ্রমিকের এই পুরো প্রক্রিয়া থেকে বাদ পরে যাওয়ার একটা সম্ভাবনা রয়েছে।…

CJP campaigns for migrant workers’ Right to Vote Signs memorandum to ECI demanding postal ballots for migrant workers

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent national lockdown forced lakhs of migrant workers to head back to their native villages. While many workers took long journeys to get back home after being virtually rendered unemployed and homeless, many others just wanted to be in the relative safety of rural India with their families, even as…

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CJP’s relief efforts continue in Assam despite cyclone, floods and heavy rains Lockdown challenges compounded by extreme weather conditions, CJP Team persists

As if the nationwide lockdown in wake of the outbreak of the Coronavirus wasn’t placing enough strain on the lives and livelihoods of people hailing from impoverished backgrounds in Assam, cyclone Amphan, floods and heavy rains have continued to wreak havoc in the region. However, undeterred by any of this, CJP has surged forth in…

How CJP helped 32 people walk out of Assam’s Detention Camps Here is the step-by-step procedure we followed to ensure their release on conditional bail

So far, CJP has been able to secure the release of 32 inmates from 4 detention camps in Assam on conditional bail. This was in line with two judgments of the Supreme Court. In order to accomplish this task, CJP followed all legal and bureaucratic processes and procedures. But before we take you through the…

CJP helps reunite detention camp inmate with his daughters in Assam Rahman Ali was released from a detention camp after CJP’s intervention

On Tuesday June 2, Rahman Ali, a Goria Muslim man belonging to an indigenous group in Assam, was released on conditional bail from the Goalpara Detention Camp after CJP stepped in to organise sureties and complete his bail formalities. But the true reward lay in reuniting Rahman with his three daughters. 39-year-old Rahman Ali hails…

CJP Impact: Four people released from Tezpur Detention Camp Previously released detainees pay it forward by referring new cases to CJP

In yet another victory, CJP has been able to secure the release of three men and one woman from an Assam detention camp. The inmates were released on conditional bail in accordance with a Supreme Court order. Banesha Khatun, Banamali Das, Rajendra Das and Binod Das, had all been languishing behind bars for over two…

कोरोनाच्या काळात कोट्यवधी मजुरांना अन्न पुरवठा करावाच लागेल – ज्याँ द्रेज आणि तीस्ता सेटलवाड

भारतासह संपूर्ण जग आज एका खूप मोठ्या संकटकाळातून जात आहे. जन आरोग्याशी (Public health) संबंधित या भीतीदायक संकटाचे नाव आहे COVID-19. जगभरात आज लोक या वैश्विक साथीच्या रोगापासून आपले अस्तित्व वाचवण्यासाठी धडपडत आहेत. पण अशावेळी भारतातील लोक यापेक्षा मोठ्या संकटाशी लढत आहेत. या भीषण संकट काळात देशातील खूप मोठी लोकसंख्या भूक, भोजनाचा अभाव आणि पोषणाच्या…

Struggle for Forest Rights in India stretches from East to West Part-2 of CJP’s webinar reveals how grassroot activists from West Bengal to Maharashtra still struggle for Forest Rights

In the second leg, CJP and AIUFWP’s webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19, moved from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to other parts of the country. Grassroot activists from West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra joined moderator and CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad to share stories of how they continued a peaceful struggle for forest rights,…

Forest Rights and Covid-19: Through the eyes of UP and Uttarakhand grassroot activists Part-1 of CJP’s webinar reveals how authorities are abusing their power to usurp rights of forest dwellers

On August 7 and 8, 2020, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) conducted a two-day webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19. The objective of this unique initiative was to provide a platform to forest rights defenders to share how officials of the forest department, police force…

Use the Covid Curfew to learn about Forest Rights Oxfam India has launched a course in collaboration with Nagrik Learning and CPR India on understanding forest governance and community rights in India

While the Covid-19 pandemic has grabbed all our attention and the PM of India has announced a ‘Janta Curfew’ in a bid to curb the transmission of the Coronavirus in India, we must while ensuring the safety of ourselves and others, not forget other important issues that plague the country. Forests are the lifelines of India…

CJP continues with its awareness program; this time in Bhiwandi CJP urges people to educate themselves on the CAA-NPR-NRC

CJP in Action: CJP conducted one more workshop in Bhiwandi in collaboration with Lok Raj Sangathan and Bhiwandi Jan Sangharsh Samiti. Suhel Banerjee from CJP was the Speaker for the evening. The workshop was attended by social activists and the curious and worried people of the neighbourhood. Citizenship has been defined as the right to…

CJP at the Azam college campus in Pune Public meeting held on NRC, NPR and CAB

On 7th December, a public meeting organised by Haji Gulam Mohammed Azam Education Trust saw an attendance of over 500 hundred people. CJP’s secretary, Teesta Setalvad, a key speaker at this meeting emphasized on the fact that a nationwide NRC/NPR is only being used to divide the country. She questioned how such an exercise can…

CJP ने चलाया असम के भारतीय नागरिकों को कानूनी मदद देने का अभियान पैरालीगल कार्यकर्ताओं और स्थानीय और जिला स्तर के वकीलों को दी ट्रेनिंग

सिटिजन फॉर जस्टिस एंड पीस (CJP) ने असम में भारतीय नागरिकों को अपनी नागरिकता के दावे को अच्छी तरह पेश करने की ट्रेनिंग देने के लिए हाल में एक कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया था. इस कार्यक्रम में पैरालीगल कार्यकर्ताओं और स्थानीय और जिला स्तर के वकीलों को उन कौशल और ट्रेनिंग से लैस कराया गया,…

CJP trains paralegals to help Indians defend their citizenship Legal luminaries share knowledge with over 100 participants in Guwahati

CJP has just concluded a three day paralegal training workshop in Guwahati in the run up to the publication of the final NRC on August 31, 2019. The objective of the workshop was to equip local, district level lawyers and paralegal volunteers with in-depth skills and training to navigate the complex issue of citizenship after…

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 petitions NHRC urging protection orders for eminent journalist, Dharmendra Mishra The UP police have been intimidating him for exposing a rape case that they tried to conceal

In the petition filed on November 29, CJP has detailed how the intimidation from administration and police –including threats to file false cases – arose after Mishra’s not only broke the story but pursued coverage of the Sultanpur rape case that took place in September 2019. Dharmendra Mishra is a recognised journalist working with an…

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…

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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,…

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Join CJP’s campaign to quash False Cases against Adivasis in Odisha Sign petition to CM Naveen Patnaik NOW!

CJP is focusing its resources in helping Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) being targeted with false cases for fighting from the ground, to negotiate the Indian legal system and continue the good fight. Battling False and Mala-fide cases in the Courts is a Special Focus Action Area of CJP. CJP has been following up the developments…

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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