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Covid-19 and Adivasi Empowerment: CJP’s unique contribution How have eight months of the Lockdown impacted India’s Forest Dwellers & Adivasis?

During the nationwide Lockdown that was announced in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, CJP found that hunger that had gripped urban India escaped our communities living in the forest as they continued their cultivation and had some measure of control over the resources and minor forest produce. We at CJP with our partners the All…

NHRC’s advisories on Covid-19 How to help women, children, prisoners, persons with disability or mental illness

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is a statutory body under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 that aims to protect and promote the cause of Human Rights in India. It looks into violations of human rights by any State actors, recommend measures for the effective implementation of Human rights, to encourage organisations within…

Legal muscle to defend Forest Rights Day 2 of CJP webinar sheds light on laws and their implementation

Day 2 of the CJP webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19 saw a more in-depth discussion on the law and how its lax implementation had left millions of forest dwellers vulnerable. The webinar started with a beautiful song by the Adivasi women from Tharu tribe of Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh about the struggle of the villagers of Kajaria.…

आवाम और ग्राम सभा का सशक्तिकरण इस टूलकिट का उद्देश्य समुदाय का वनों पर स्व-शासन के संवैधानिक अधिकार को मज़बूत करना है।

गांधी जयंती के दिन ग्राम सभा प्रस्ताव लिखने के लिए हम एक टूलकिट “आवाम की सत्ता, ग्राम सभा  की सत्ता” जारी कर रहे हैं। गांधीजी ने कहा था – “स्वतंत्रता, शक्ति और आत्मनिर्भरता से आती है”। यहां ‘आत्मनिर्भरता’ का मतलब हाशिए पर रह रहे लोगों का शोषण कर व्यवसायों और पूँजी के हितों को बढ़ावा देना नहीं…

UP Police adding to trauma of rape survivors? Report by CHRI and AALI showcases experiences of 14 rape survivors in UP

In wake of the rape, murder and forced cremation of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh, several questions are being raised about the role of the police in delaying even denying justice to rape survivors and victims. Now, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI) have come out with a report…

Rights of the Dead: Do they have any in India? Revisiting the sensitive subject in wake of the Hathras victim's rushed cremation

Soon after the death of Dr. Simon Hercules in Chennai and the subsequent brouhaha over his last rights, where he was denied a dignified funeral, CJP’s sister publication Sabrang India had delved deep into the subject of rights of the dead in India. Today, we feel the need to revisit this in wake of the…

Does the Constitution stand with our farmers and their rights? A closer look at safeguards available to the agricultural community

The country is presently engulfed in peaceful protests by farmers, a community that has largely known to be organised yet silent; a community that toils hard to drive the farming sector and to ensure food security for the countrymen. According to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural…

वनाधिकार कानून की बात करनी है तो गोली खाने को रहे तैयार! वे डरते हैं कि इक दिन निहत्थे और ग़रीब लोग उनसे डरना बंद कर देगें

बिहार के इस चुनावी माहौल में जिला कैमूर के अधौरा प्रखंड़ में अपने जल, जंगल और ज़मीन के हक़ों के लिए संघर्ष कर रहे आदिवासीयों पर पुलिस द्वारा बरबर गोलियां बरसाई गई। 11 सितंबर 2020 को पुलिस और वन विभाग ने निहत्थे आदिवासीयों पर गोली चालन किया जिसमें 3 लोग घायल हो गए और काफी…

CJP webinar on Forest Rights: Testimonies from Grassroot Activists In Part 3 of our report on the CJP webinar, activists strike a hopeful chord

In the concluding part of Day 1 of CJP’s webinar, grassroot activists, many of whom work closely with our partner organisation All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) shared stories of small victories that helped end the day on an upbeat note. Nivada Rana: We have been facing oppression since the days of my…

How India treats women in prisons NCRB report reveals overcrowding, large presence of inmates' children

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released its in its Prison Statistics Report for 2019, and it showcases the ever-worsening plight of women prisoners. As per the data, out of the 4,78,600 prisoners, 4,58,687 were male prisoners and 19,913 were female prisoners. Out of about 1,300 prisons, there are 31 women’s jails in 15 States/Union Territories…

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