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Assam DLSAs unprepared for deluge of NRC appeals: CJP survey Survey of 10 Assam DLSAs shows that they are understaffed, and existing staff are under-trained

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights organisation that has been on the ground in Assam helping our fellow Indian citizens through various processes related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has conducted a survey to gauge the ability of the Assam State Legal Services Authority (ASLSA) to provide free legal aid to people excluded from the…

NRC appeals will overwhelm Assam DLSAs: CJP to Guwahati HC Survey of 10 Assam DLSAs shows that they are woefully understaffed, under-trained and lack infrastructure to deal with deluge of appeals

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights organisation that has been on the ground in Assam helping our fellow Indian citizens through various processes related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has now moved Guwahati High Court (previously Gauhati) demanding proper legal aid for those left out of the NRC. The final NRC published…

How Purvanchal’s traditional weaving industry came undone CJP’s ongoing fact-finding mission examines the twin-blows dealt by Covid and administrative apathy

Weaving is not just an industry in Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region, it is the basis for a strong bond between people from two communities. Handcrafted textiles are the means through which craftsmen and women tell the story of their rich and vivid heritage. But now this bond appears to be weakening as the industry has been…

कैमूर फायरिंग: फैक्ट-फाइंडिंग रिपोर्ट जारी हुई आदिवासियों पर गोली चलाने पर न्यायिक जांच की मांग, दोषी अधिकारियों पर मुकदमा चलाया जाए और झूठे केस रद्द किए जाएँ

23 अक्टूबर को, सीपीआई (एम) की पोलित ब्यूरो सदस्य और आदिवासी अधिकार राष्ट्रीय मंच की उपाध्यक्ष, बृंदा करात ने, कैमूर में बिहार पुलिस द्वारा आदिवासियों पर गोलीबारी पर एक फैक्ट-फाइंडिंग रिपोर्ट जारी की। 11 सितंबर को जब स्थानीय आदिवासी अधौरा में शांतिपूर्ण धरना दे रहे थे, तब गोलीबारी की गई थी। ऑल इंडिया यूनियन ऑफ फॉरेस्ट वर्किंग पीपल (AIUFWP), सिटिज़न्स फॉर जस्टिस…

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…

Kaimur Firing: Fact-finding report released Demand for judicial inquiry into firing on Adivasis, prosecution of officials, and quashing of false cases

The firing by the Bihar police on peacefully protesting Adivasis in Adhaura Block, Kaimur District on September 11 led a four-member team from New Delhi to conduct a detailed fact-finding around the incident. The findings of the detailed report, co-published by CJP, were released in an online press conference on Friday, October 23 by Ms…

Desperate Times Now, desperate measures Channel broadcasts special show on ‘secret tapes’ using footage from Facebook Live by activists!

On Monday night, Times Now, a channel now infamous for making a mockery of journalism on a daily basis, put its foot in its mouth yet again, when it broadcast a ‘secret tape’ where several well-known human rights activists were seen and heard decrying the activities of Muslim extremist groups. The only problem was that…

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…

UBC confers honorary doctorate on Teesta Setalvad Several well-known artists and activists also honoured

On Monday, June 22, The University of British Columbia conferred an honorary doctorate on human rights defender and journalist Teesta Setalvad. Due to the coronavirus outbreak the ceremony could not be held in person and the announcements were made online. Setalvad, who is secretary Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) as well as editor and…

Gujarat’s shame Frontline

Some 19 years after the Surat Police arrested 127 people under sections of the draconian UAPA, a court in the city acquits all the accused, saying that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against them. But many people see the arrests as part of a plan that set the stage for an intense…

Legal service offices ill-equipped for NRC: Survey The Telegraph

The Mumbai-based organisation released the findings of the survey three days after filing a petition before Gauhati High Court According to the survey carried out between September to January, the ten DLSAs found wanting on vis-a-vis personnel, infrastructure and other facilities included Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Darrang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Kokrajhar and Udalgiri File picturem…

A case has been filed in the High Court of 19 lakh people who were left out of the NRC Axomiya Pratidin

Citizens for Justice & Peace survey reveals a worrying situation. There is no legal system available in the state to provide legal aid to the 19 million people excluded from the NRC. Citizens for Justice & Peace (CJP) has filed a PIL in the Guwahati High Court after conducting a survey in 10 districts. Following…

Plea To Provide Legal Aid To NRC Excluded People In Assam: Gauhati High Court Issues Notice To UOI, State Government LivelLaw

While hearing a plea filed by the Human rights organization ‘Citizens for Justice and Peace’ (CJP) [led by Teesta Setalvad] seeking proper legal aid for such people who have been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Gauhati High Court on Monday (01st March) issued notice to the Union of…

“Arbitrary Action Violating Art 14,9 And 21”: Supreme Court Issues Notice On Plea Against Marking Of Certain Voters As ‘D’ Category In Electoral Rolls Live Law

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice on a petition seeking removal of ‘D’ category (indicating doubtful/ dubious) of voters from electoral rolls. A Bench led by CJI SA Bobde issued notice on the petition filed by several individuals, claiming that they were arbitrarily marked as D-voters in the year 1997, without affording an opportunity…

Rights forum seeks proper legal aid for those left out of NRC The Hindu

A human rights organisation has approached the Gauhati High Court seeking proper legal aid for those left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) petitioned the court after its survey of 10 District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) establishments revealed they were understaffed with under-trained para…

Rights body moves HC for legal aid to NRC-excluded people The News Mill

A rights body on March 1 has approached the Gauhati High Court seeking apposite legal aid for those left out in the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, released on August 31, 2019. The Mumbai-based Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) after conducting a survey of 10 District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) establishments in…

Rights body moves High Court for legal aid to NRC excluded people Sify.com

Guwahati, March 1 (IANS) A rights body on Monday has approached the Gauhati High Court seeking apposite legal aid for those left out in the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, released on August 31, 2019. The Mumbai based Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) after conducting a survey of 10 District Legal Services…

Rights body moves HC for legal aid to NRC excluded people Siasat

Guwahati: A rights body on Monday has approached the Gauhati High Court seeking apposite legal aid for those left out in the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, released on August 31, 2019. The Mumbai based Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) after conducting a survey of 10 District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) establishments in…

‘लव जेहाद’ का शोर मचा कर कुचली जा रही है महिलाओं की आज़ादी और गरिमा प्रजावाणी

अफ़ग़ानिस्तान में बामियान के बुद्ध को तालेबान की ओर से डाइनामाइट से उड़ा देने के ठीक दो साल पांच महीने पहले यानी 6 अक्टूबर 1998 को मैंने गुजरात के डीजीपी सी. पी. सिंह का इंटरव्यू लिया था. 2001 में काबुल से 130 किलोमीटर उत्तर-पश्चिम में स्थापित गांधार शैली में बनी बुद्ध की यह मूर्ति तालेबान…

The love jihad spectre: It has now crept into judicial discourse, to the detriment of a woman’s freedom and autonomy Indian Express

“Love jihad” is now entrenched in the public landscape. The term is today wielded by an aggressive majoritarianism, woven into a dominant caste Hindu narrative of religious extremism, Islamophobia, and communal hatred that has crept into Indian courtroom discourse as well. Written by Teesta Setalvad | Updated: November 13, 2020 8:40:19 am “Love jihad” is now entrenched…

Love Jehad as Violent Metaphor Prajavani

  ((ENGLISH TRANSLATION)) Love Jehad as Violent Metaphor Teesta Setalvad October 6, 1998 was a date, two years and five months before the Taliban blew up the 6th century Bamiyan Buddhas, majestic symbols of Gandhara art and the Buddhist faith, 130 kilometers north-west of Kabul in Afghanistan. On that day I interviewed the then Director General…

The migrant’s right to vote Indian Express

Election Commission must ensure optimal conditions for exercise of this freedom. While the US granted universal adult franchise incrementally, India moved from a restrictive 15 per cent of Indians having (limited) voting rights to universal adult franchise, driven by the transformative impetus of the national movement and the ideals of equality and non-discrimination that it…

Justice Hosbet Suresh: His voice, his conscience Indian Express

All his life, Justice Suresh believed and practiced tenets of equity and fairness. Will Justice Hosbet Suresh, who passed away on June 11, be remembered as one in whose mind the constitutional pledge to every Indian was uppermost? Will he be remembered for the trendsetting jurisprudence set in the Sharad Rao v/s Subhash Desai judgement…

When the court is merely a silent spectator The Telegraph

On test is how insulated our institutions of justice are from the pervasive mob psyche. n the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, a strange verdict blotted India’s jurisprudential landscape. Rejecting the weak links in the process of collection of evidence during investigations — which included a video that was not forensically tested by the…

How a government and bureaucracy betrayed its people The Telegraph

No section of Assam’s population has been left unaffected by the overpowering, State-created tragedy of the NRC. So far, at least in ‘mainland’ India, we have been relatively insulated from the tortures and traumas caused by public authorities demanding proof of whether or not we are Indian. In the far corners of Assam, however, turmoil…

Citizens Condemn Pulwama Terror Attack, Appeal for Unity The Siasat Daily

We, as citizens of Mumbai, a city that has been target of brute acts of terror from across the border several times, and all of India, strongly condemn the latest such attack at Pulwama when the country has lost 44 selfless, jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Kashmir on February 14.…

Hate Hatao, a Revolutionary New App Designed to Fight Hate Speech The Wire

Hate Hatao is part of Citizens for Justice and Peace’s ‘Hate Watch campaign’, which spreads awareness and understanding about speech that incites hate and violence against marginalised groups. Democratic societies are not free of either prejudice, stereotype or ‘other-ing’. Arguably, democracies in the making, or unfinished democracies, augment the cleavages already existent within structures of society…

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