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Empowering Assam in 2020 An honour and a privilege for CJP

The year 2020 has been challenging for people across the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But for those in Assam, it was particularly excruciating in light of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, the Covid-19 related lockdown, the floods and the ongoing crisis related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Amidst all this…

NRC-excluded Assam man flees home CJP has reached out immediately

The citizenship crisis has already claimed 107 lives in Assam. As impoverished and marginalised people face new struggles everyday, they end up taking extreme steps. Upon being devastated at the exclusion from the final NRC, Zabbar Ali fled home fearing the prospect of life behind bars in a Detention Camp while his wife and four…

CJP Impact: Four people released from Tezpur Detention Camp Previously released detainees pay it forward by referring new cases to CJP

In yet another victory, CJP has been able to secure the release of three men and one woman from an Assam detention camp. The inmates were released on conditional bail in accordance with a Supreme Court order. Banesha Khatun, Banamali Das, Rajendra Das and Binod Das, had all been languishing behind bars for over two…

Petition against Assam’s Detention Camps in SC

Ten new detention camps proposed in Assam Submission made before state assembly also says there are over one lakh each of Declared Foreigners and D-Voters in the state

In a submission made before the Assam Assembly on July 29, 2019, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industry and Transportation, revealed that as many as ten new detention centers are being planned across Assam, though the central government was yet to green-light the project. The submission was in response to a series of questions raised…

Allegations of inclusion of ‘ineligible’ people in Assam NRC State coordinator seeks details from DRCRs of all districts

There appears to be no respite for people of Assam. Some are likely to suffer even though their names have been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published in August last year. Now, in a letter addressed to all Deputy Commissioners and District Registrars of Citizens Registration (DRCR) of all districts,…

Assam man forced to rot in Detention Camp for over 3 years Migrant labourer declared ‘foreigner’ for going to Delhi in search of a job!

63-year-old Majibur Rahman has just been released from a detention camp in Assam. But the poor man is still clueless as to why he was sent there in the first place. “My grandfather’s name was included in the 1951 NRC. But I was served notice for being a D-Voter and then declared a ‘foreigner’ by…

Disasters, Displacement and Political Dis-enfranchisement in a warming world Exclusive Blog: How flood displacement leads to uneducated and destitute women becoming D Voters in Assam

Hannah Ardent in her work on The Origins of Totalitarianism, interrogated the contradiction in the modern conception of rights. Based on her experience of statelessness, she pointed that despite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it was membership of a nation-state that gave humans the right to have rights. This ‘right to have a right’ is…

असम NRC : खत्म हो दर्द, त्रासदी और शिकार बनाए जाने का दुश्चक्र सचिव की मेज़ से

असम में NRC  की प्रक्रिया 2009 से ही शुरू हो गई थी. कोर्ट की निगरानी में यह प्रोसेस जारी था. यानी 10 साल की लंबी प्रक्रिया के बाद आखिरकार 31 अगस्त, 2019 को NRC की फाइनल लिस्ट प्रकाशित कर दी गई. लिस्ट से 19,06,657 लोग बाहर हैं. अब वे क्या करेंगे? उनके लिए क्या रास्ता…

Citizenship Dilemma in Assam

SC rejects government’s appeal for re-verification, extends NRC deadline One month extension granted

The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to August 31, 2019. It has however turned down the appeals for re-verification of names in border areas. Previously, the court had directed the NRC authorities to publish the list by July 31, 2019, but NRC state coordinator…

क्या असम में नागरिकता निर्धारित करने वाली प्रक्रिया गरीब और पिछड़ों के खिलाफ पक्षपातपूर्ण है? कागज़ातों की कमी के कारण अक्सर प्रभावित होते हैं अनपढ़, दरिद्र और विवाहित महिलाएँ

असम राज्य में ‘नागरिकता’ का मसला बेहद ही गंभीर मुद्दा है, जहां “स्थानीय और बाहरी” होने का विवाद अक्सर हिंसा और मृत्यु का कारण बन जाता है। राज्य के निवासियों को उम्मीद है कि, नागरिकों के राष्ट्रीय रजिस्टर (NRC) को असम समझौते की मूल भावनाओं को ध्यान में रखते हुए अपडेट किया गया है। मगर गंभीर चिंता का विषय…

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