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Gauri lankesh

HC glossed over core and tangible facts: SC in Kavitha Lankesh SLP A brief analysis of the SC order that restored KCOCA charges against an accused in the Gauri Lankesh assassination

In a huge relief for friends and family of Gauri Lankesh, the Supreme Court overturned a Karnataka High Court judgment that had previously dropped organised crime charges under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) against Mohan Nayak, one of the accused on the assassination of the fearless journalist. Gauri’s sister and filmmaker Kavitha…

राज्य प्रायोजित नफ़रती प्रोजेक्ट : दिल्ली दंगा 2020 घटना के बारे में अभी भी आधा दर्जन रिपोर्ट पर पूछताछ बाकी है

दिल्ली ने फरवरी 2020 में 22 तारीख़ से 28 तारीख़ के बीच जो तबाही का मंजर देखा उसकी भावनात्मक यादें डेजा वू (एक ऐसी स्थिति जिसमें पहले से ही घटना का अनुमान लगा लेना) के डरावने साये की तरह हमेशा बनी रहेंगी। इसे डरावना इसलिए कहा गया क्योंकि यह राज्य आधारित सनक और नफ़रत से…

Forest resource rights vs. Land rights under Forest Rights Act Why it is important to understand the distinction

Chhattisgarh has become the first state to recognise forest resource rights in an urban area by bestowing these rights upon residents of Dhamtari district over 4,127 hectares of forests. Apart from that, the state government also recognised community resource rights over 5,544 hectares of forest within the core area of the tiger reserve area, reported Indian…

Prison Watch: Rajasthan HC directs prisons to educate inmates about their rights Court wants provisions of parole to be displayed prominently

The Rajasthan High Court has stressed upon the need to inform convicts of the provisions of parole that can be availed by them as per the Rajasthan Prisoners Release on Parole Rules, 2021. The court was dealing with a petition filed by a life convict who had sought parole after 14 years in prison and…

No eviction of forest dwellers without resolution of land claims: NHRC Chief J. Arun Mishra (retd.) takes stand against eviction of tribals without resolution of land claims

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairperson Justice (retired) Arun Mishra has said that no Adivasi/tribal should be evicted without the settlement of his/her claim related to land rights, while chairing a webinar organised by the Commission with Human Rights Defenders and Civil Societies on human rights issues. Another suggestion that he gave during the webinar…

Protecting and Promoting Minority Rights in India’s Criminal Justice System: Need for a Special Law Paper in honour of Justice PB Sawant

Minority rights in India’s criminal justice system (CJS) are in dire straits as revealed graphically in institutional murder of Father Stan Swamy, the tribal rights activist. The indifference of the authorities to end such horrific human rights violations has been graphically brought out in several recent reports.  The persisting violence and crimes against the minority…

Secularism and the Constitution This piece was authored as a part of the Concerned Citizens Tribunal, Crimes Against Humanity, Gujarat 2002

The preamble of our Constitution begins with the expression ‘We, the People of India’ and states that it is the ‘People’ who have resolved solemnly to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens, – JUSTICE social, economic and political; – LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; –…

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…

Rights when Arrested

Know Your Rights on being Arrested A video explainer on your rights when you have been arrested by the Police

What happens when you are arrested? Is it absolutely necessary for the Police to arrest you? What happens after the arrest? What are the procedures that are not followed? What is your rights on Arrest. Watch CJP’s new video to understand your rights when you have been arrested by the Police. To read or watch…

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