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Rights protect, policy evicts? Laws, procedures and international statutes pertaining to Housing and Eviction

While the law and jurisprudence have created obstructions, there are instances where the Courts have stepped in to protect and emphasise the right to live without forced evictions and the right to housing. In wake of the forced evictions and killings in Assam, perhaps it is time to take a closer look at these rights.…

Crowd control by Police: How much force is too much force? Police brutality and excesses cannot be condoned as "acts done in good faith"

After the inhuman act of evicting impoverished families hailing from the minority community and demolishing their modest homes in the Darrang district of Assam, the administration stooped even lower on Thursday. Police opened fire at those protesting the evictions, killing two people and injuring 10. Images sent by eye-witnesses present on the spot show how instead of firing only below…

Terror Laws under a Proto-Fascist Regime Draconian laws are repealed when citizens' protests multiply and grow

Senior counsel, Mihir Desai delivered this lecture of September 5, 2021 at an online event organised by the Gauri Memorial Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace. CJP is happy to bring the entire text of the lecture here. It is a pleasure as well as a privilege to be invited to present this paper…

आतंक और क़ानून राजनैतिक हथियार बन के रह गया है UAPA

कुछ ऐसे विनाशकारी लम्हे, जिनके होने की एक संभावना होती है। भले ही वे कुछ रूढ़ियों और अनसुलझे सवालों को पूरी तरह से नहीं बदलते हों पर कुछ ज़रूरी गुत्थियाँ खोलने और महत्वपूर्ण बदलावों के शुरुआत की वज़ह बन जाते हैं। दशकों से मानवाधिकार की रक्षा के लिए समर्पित चौरासी वर्षीय जेसुइट पुजारी फादर स्टेन…

Adv S Balan UAPA

Understanding the UAPA Teesta Setalvad in conversation with Advocate S. Balan

In this detailed interview, CJP Secretary Teesta Setalvad speaks to Advocate S. Balan, senior lawyer of the Karnataka High Court, to discuss the UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT (UAPA) and understand its nuances, legal intricacies and how human rights activists have suffered due to this law. Watch/ read more of our legal resources here. Related: Indian…

Why has India still not ratified UN Convention against torture? India still does not have a law condemning torture

What continues to remain amiss in the Indian legislations is the definition, and subsequent condemnation of torture by public officials. A right against torture is nothing but an affirmation of Right to Life under Article 21. However, enforcing fundamental rights is a much more tedious task than invoking the provisions of the specific law, which…

Human Trafficking Bill and the government’s Saviour Complex It denies agency to the women who it wants to save

At the outset the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care And Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021 comes off as a law aiming to introduce stringent measures to tackle the inhuman crime of forcing individuals into the murky business of flesh trade. Naturally, if such an inhuman crime exists there has ought to be a law to tackle it…

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…

Cow Protection

Meat politics vs. jurisprudence in India Who decides what goes on your plate?

The choice of what food we eat or do not eat, is both dictated by cultural choice and economics. Regimes, especially authoritarian ones impose restrictions on this choice. Here we explore who decides what people eat in which Indian state, and how meat is politicised to impose “upper” caste culture upon the “lower” castes. Also,…

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