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Hostility towards Muslims violation of rights: UN special rapporteur’s report Highlights targeting via stereotypes, socio-economic exclusion, hate speech online

A report by UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed has been submitted before the on-going Human Rights Council’s 46th session. It examines how Islamophobia/anti-Muslim hatred infringes upon freedom of religion or belief. The report states that “perpetuating discrimination, hostility and violence towards Muslim individuals and communities undercuts the ability of affected Muslims…

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Communal Riots in 2020 Low Numbers only a Deception

Introduction: In the previous section of this report, the authors highlighted the heightened structural violence in India which is contributing to intensifying communal violence. Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) brings out annually comprehensive reports on communal violence- consisting of structural violence, physical violence, attitudinal and symbolic violence, to understand the emerging patterns…

CJP petitions NHRC over communal clashes in Madhya Pradesh A daily wager’s house was illegal razed as a consequence

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has, in a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), urged the authority to take a suo motu notice and conduct an investigation into the violence and inflammatory sloganeering against the residents of Begum Bagh in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. On January 18, 2021, CJP approached the Commission to…

क्या संवैधानिक कसौटी पर खरा उतर पाएगा यूपी का ‘लव जिहाद’ विरोधी कानून? अध्यादेश व्यक्ति की आज़ादी, स्वायत्तता, निजता और पसंद के अधिकार के खिलाफ

यूपी का ग़ैरक़ानूनी धर्मांतरण प्रतिबंध अध्यादेश, 2020 को नवंबर के आखिर में गवर्नर ने मंजूरी दे दी है. कानून बनने के बाद इसके तहत अब तक दो लोगों के खिलाफ मुकदमे दर्ज हो चुके हैं यूपी के बाद उसी तर्ज़ पर अब मध्य प्रदेश, हरियाणा, कर्नाटक और असम भी ऐसे ही ‘लव जिहाद विरोधी’ कानून…

Hate Speech spreads like wildfire in Karnataka A closer look at hate offenders and how digital and print platforms have fulled the hate machine

A report titled Chronicle of Communal Incidents in Coastal Districts of Karnataka, compiled by Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum and People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), member Suresh B. Bhat, presents 47 instances of Hate Speech in 2020 as opposed to 12 in 2019. The report that collates information from the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts…

“Be Wise and in Love” – The Sovereign An assessment of Laws on Interfaith Marital Unions and Freedom of Marriage in India 2020

Abstract: The present paper aims to understand the legal jurisprudence around interfaith marriages in India by analysing recent legislations passed by several States. It further discusses the roots of such legislations, ideology behind them and what purpose they seek to achieve viś-a-viś the secular Special Marriage Act which is already in effect. The author tries…

CJP moves MEITY against Kapil Mishra’s anti-minority activity online Kapil Mishra is building a team- 'Hindu Ecosystem' and appealing netizens to fill its membership form

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) with a complaint against Kapil Mishra, a BJP politician who is using social media platforms to spew communal hate against minorities of the country. The CJP complaint dated November 18, 2020 brings to the MEITY’s notice that Kapil Mishra has…

How Hate Builds An account of speeches inciting hate in light of FIRs on Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani

On the first day of 2018, Saffron flag bearers attacked the Bhima Koregaon Battle Memorial in large numbers. Dalits who come to Bhima Koregaon every year on January 1 to pay respects to the martyrs of the battle were caught off-guard and resisted the attacks spontaneously. The next few days saw an immaculate and organic upsurge of the resistance…

Gita as India’s National Book?: Bizarre Judgment Backs Hindutva’s Assault on Indian Constitution.

The Gita as India’s National Book?: Bizarre Judgment Backs Hindutva’s Assault on Indian Constitution. By Gautam Kumar Justice S.N.Srivastava of the Allahabad High Court, who retired earlier this month, is no stranger to controversy. Some months ago, he stirred a hornet’s nest by ruling that Muslims in Uttar Pradesh were not a minority, although they form only around a fifth of the population of…

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