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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…

CJP condemns arrest of human rights activist Zamser Ali in Assam Ali had raised his voice against the blatantly communal social media posts by Rupa Rani Bhuyan, a college professor

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)’s Assam state coordinator Zamser Ali who is a highly respected human rights activist and journalist, was arrested in Mangaldai on May 7, in connection with a case where he had objected to communal social media posts made by Rupa Rani Bhuyan, who teaches English at the Mangaldai College. CJP…

CJP demands conversion of Goalpara detention camp into Corona Treatment Hospital Its location and accommodation capacity make it an ideal center for treatment amid the current situation

Guwahati, March 30, 2020: Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights organisation that has worked extensively in the state of Assam to help Indian citizens defend their citizenship during and after the process to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC), now demands that the upcoming Goalpara detention camp be converted into a…

The eNGO Challenge 2019-20 CJP wins award for work in Assam

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) was awarded for the work in Assam, under the Governance and Livelihood category at the eNGO challenge 2019-20 for extending help and support to the people of Assam during the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process. The award ceremony took place at the Eros hotel in New Delhi. The…

CJP And AIUFWP Condemn Armed Attacks On Peaceful Protesters

Press Release: CJP and AIUFWP condemn armed attacks on peaceful protesters Rights groups demand action against assailants who have threatened the lives of women, children and students

In wake of back-to-back instances of armed men discharging their weapons on peaceful protesters, first outside Jamia Milia Islamia University (JMIU) and then at Shaheen Bagh, where a majority of the protesters are women, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have come together in solidarity with…

Ayodhya

CJP Impact: NBSA pulls up Aaj Tak for communal content during Ayodhya verdict coverage Press Release

In a huge victory for secular forces in the country, the National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has reprimanded Aaj Tak for broadcasting communally divisive and inflammatory content during its coverage of the verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid case. On October 16, 2019, Aaj Tak had aired a  debate show where participants were allowed to make…

CJP Targeted

CJP appeals to groups aiding victims of the NRC process to stand together: Assam Press Release

Not for the first time, a section of the press recently questioned attempts by law students as well as legal and civil rights groups to reach down to the grassroots and assist the victims of the NRC and citizenship related process in Assam. It didn’t matter that help was being provided to some of the…

Proto-fascism and State impunity in Majoritarian India: An Interview with Teesta Setalvad Jindal Global Law Review

This interview with Teesta Setalvad was conducted in the wake of the February 2020 anti-Muslim violence in North East Delhi. Drawing on her vast experience as a human rights activist, journalist, and peace educator, Setalvad’s responses map the continuum — across years, anti-minority pogroms and ruling parties with divergent ideologies — of the cultures of hate,…

Archive of reports by Justice Hosbet Suresh released Citizens for Justice and Peace brings it out on the occasion of his birth anniversary - The Hindu

An archive of reports of tribunals and public hearings by the late Justice Hosbet Suresh in his post-retirement years was released by Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) on his birth anniversary on Monday.  In a statement, CJP said: “Justice Hosbet Suresh, legal luminary and a stalwart of human rights jurisprudence, continues to live on…

Allow postal ballot for migrant workers, rights groups tell EC Their memorandum points out that migrant workers are often unable to cast their votes as they are away from their home State - The Hindu

The facility of postal ballots should be extended to migrant workers, a group of civil rights organisations have said in a letter to Election Commission (EC). The Citizens for Justice and Peace, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, Bangla Sanskriti Manch, All India Union of Forest Working People and the Bharatiya Nagrik Adhikar Suraksha Manch have pointed out…

Plea to allow postal ballot: Only 31% of 10 crore ‘long distance’ migrants able to vote Counterview

Several civil rights groups have represented to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to declare migrant labourers as ‘notified electors’ in order to give them the right to cast their vote through the postal ballot. They have regretted that “the attendant ills of hegemony, money power in politics, class, caste and community interests” have overshadowed…

चुनाव आयोग को खुला पत्र: ‘प्रवासी मज़दूरों को भी मिले डाक से मतदान का अधिकार’ मीडिया विजिल

मशहूर सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता तीस्ता सीतलवाड ने चुनाव आयोग के नाम एक खुला पत्र जारी किया है। उन्होने बताया है कि सिटीज़न फ़ार जस्टिस एंड पीस की ओर से भारतीय निर्वाचन आयोग को ज्ञापन भेजकर प्रवासी मज़दूरों को भी डाक के जरिये मतदान का अधिकार देने की मांग की गयी है। कहा गया है कि आयोग…

CJP ने लिखा चुनाव आयोग को खुला पत्र, कहा- प्रवासियों की जिंदगी भी रखती है मायने Janchowk

तीस्ता सेतलवाड़, “आम नागरिक और लोकतांत्रिक शासन की सफलता में अपार विश्वास की बदौलत ही इस असेंबली ने वयस्क मताधिकार के सिद्धांत को अपनाया है। इस सभा का इस बात में पूरा विश्वास है कि वयस्क मताधिकार के जरिये एक लोकतांत्रिक सरकार की स्थापना से देश में जागरुकता और बेहतरी आएगी। लोगों का जीवन स्तर…

2nd Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) has organized a press conference to announce the 2nd Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award to be conferred posthumously on Late Justice Hosbet Suresh. The press conference will be on Zoom Cloud Meeting on 13th July 2020 at 3.00 pm. The link of the…

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…

Gujarat riots: The journey of the Zakia Jafri case The Telegraph

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up on November 19 (Monday) a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, the widow of slain former MP Ahsan Jafri, challenging the clean chit given to Narendra Modi, the then chief minister, and others by a special investigation team (SIT) in a massacre during the riots of 2002 in…

Zakia Jafri’s Case is a Reminder of How the Guilty of Gujarat Subverted the Law The Wire

On Monday, the Supreme Court will consider her appeal against the closure report of the SIT – which ignored all evidence to the contrary and decided the large-scale violence in the state was not the product of a criminal conspiracy. “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the…

When The Dissenting Voice Speaks For Democracy News Central 24x7

Today, we have to accept that the wise words in Justice Chandruchud’s dissenting judgement were a minority verdict. The battle is still on. An interesting study into the way the political wind blows, especially with relation to fundamental freedoms in a democracy where we speak of elections for the people, by the people and of the…

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