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Foreigners’ Tribunals: Why were they established and how do they operate? A ready reckoner to empower you with correct information and help you spot procedural violations

Recently Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)’s Assam team discovered that a number of Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) notices had been pasted on electricity poles in Bongaigaon in Assam. This is a clear violation of set law and procedure. In order to spot violations, one must first understand exactly how FTs are supposed to operate. Here,…

New MSP for Kharif crops

Factsheet on farm realities Why the new farm laws are harmful

Here’s a ready reckoner of ground realities when it comes to agriculture in India, as compiled by Prof Achin Vanaik for the Radical Socialist (RS) Group.   Agricultural Land and Landowners In 2015-16, by land size (all-India breakdown) marginal (less than 1 hectare) small (1-2 ha) semi-medium (2-4 ha)     {All-India average is 1.08 ha} medium…

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…

Assam DSLAs woefully understaffed, staff under-trained to handle FT cases Findings of CJP’s survey of DSLA in 10 Assam districts

A survey by CJP’s Assam Team of personnel, infrastructure and other facilities at District Legal Services Authority (DSLA) offices in 10 Assam districts has revealed just how ill-equipped they are at present, and they could get completely overwhelmed when lakhs of people who had been excluded by the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was…

Pushing Human Rights Jurisprudence a Challenge A tribute to legal luminary KG Kannabiran

Kanna advanced the argument that there should not be any form of prior sanction for prosecuting a policeman in a Human Rights Court. The fact that there is the establishment of a Human Rights Court at the district level under the protection of Human Rights Act is by itself a statutory sanction. No separate sanction…

A prison without bars or walls Are Open Prisons the correctional and reformatory facilities India needs?

The concept of the open prison is based on the premise that freedom and socialisation are the best reformers. Out of a total of 63 such facilities across India, 29 are located in Rajasthan.   People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity…

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…

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