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Knowledge is power and can set us free. This multi-media section, ready reckoners, podcasts and videos were created by CJP to enable you to become a Defender of Rights and Liberty.

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…

Junaid Khan’s lynching: A timeline of his case since 2017 The family awaits justice on his fourth death anniversary

While returning from Delhi after Eid shopping in 2017, four young Muslim boys namely Junaid, his brother Hasim, friends Moin and Mausim were attacked in a third coach of a Mathura bound train. They were allegedly playing Ludo while sitting on the seats when some passengers asked them to vacate the area. They soon started…

Almost, but not quite… Which states fared moderately well in controlling Covid-19 and why?

The pandemic, while bringing on a sea of tragedies for Indians, has exposed the unpreparedness of callous governments which left people to the mercy of an over-burdened and structurally weak healthcare system. While the enormity of the second wave of Covid in India caught the central as well as state governments off guard. Some states,…

An Indian’s right to vaccination amidst a global pandemic The Centre’s revised policy continues to be profit oriented

As news about availability of vaccines against Covid-19 broke out, a sense of relief dawned upon all of us. But the vaccination drive in India is more complicated than just showing up at a nearby vaccination centre and getting a shot. Our vaccine policy, which has already seen multiple changes, has recently been revised, after…

House Arrest: A window of opportunity A factsheet on is history, relevance and use, especially when it comes to political prisoners

House arrest which is also known as home detention, refers to home confinement or electronic monitoring. It is one of the official methods to restrain the movement of an individual by confining the movement of the person to the residence.     Related: Sign CJP’s petition to release political prisoners A prison without bars or…

Assam gov’t gets a headstart on CAA, even as protests persist Assam has resisted CAA since its inception for being antithetical to the provisions of the Assam Accord

On March 19, Political Department, Dispur, Guwahati issued a notice directing the Commissioner of Police, Kamrup, Superintendent of Police and Foreigners Registration Officers to display on their website provisions of The Citizenship Act relating to grant of Indian citizenship to migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan at the time of granting Long Term Visa (LTV). …

What are the Rights against being handcuffed in India? Iron fetters and handcuffs violate human rights

For a lay person the visual of a person getting arrested or being escorted to court, includes him being restrained by handcuffs. That is how arrests were and are portrayed in movies and pop culture for decades. However, the use of handcuffs, while once a common practice, has now been restricted by directives of the…

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