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Why we dissent

Why we dissent !! CJP's special tribute video

On Gauri Lankesh’s fourth death anniversary, CJP brings to you this special video as a tribute to the many ordinary people who are fighting for a better India every single day. It is a tribute to the spirit of Indians, that rises above every hurdle, to own what’s rightfully ours. Related: Dissent Is Not Treason…

Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders

Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders Rightscast, CJP's podcast series is out now!

CJP launched a campaign in solidarity with our human rights defenders whose basic rights are being infringed upon by the state. It is a call for strengthening dissent. Know more about the campaign at Podcast · Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders

RajKumari Bhuiya

पितृसत्ता को चुनौती देती एक आदिवासी राजकुमारी कहती हैं कि वो एक माई (मां) हैं और धरती (जमीन) भी माई - इसमें पितृसत्ता कहां से आई?

पितृसत्ता, सिर्फ पुरुषों द्वारा महिलाओं के खिलाफ की गई यौन हिंसा भर नहीं है बल्कि एक ऐसी व्यवस्था है जो महिलाओं के जीवन के हर पहलू को नियंत्रित करती है। बचपन से लेकर बुढ़ापे तक। यहां तक कि उनकी कोख तक को नियंत्रित करती है। लेकिन पितृसत्ता का प्रभाव इतना भर नहीं है। इसमें हर…

Agnes Kharshiing wins Hrant Dink Award Meghalaya activist battling illegal mining had narrowly escaped death last year

Meghalaya based rights activist Agnes Kharshiing has been awarded with the 11th international Hrant Dink award along with Turkish activist against male violence Nebahat Akkoc. Kharshiing, in her course of work, narrowly escaped an assault by the coal mafia merely a year ago. The award commemorates the memory of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink who was killed in 2007 in Istanbul,…

घातक हमला झेलने के बाद मेरा डर भी ख़त्म हो गया – निवादा राणा एक मानवाधिकार रक्षक के संघर्ष का अनुभव

वनाधिकार आंदोलन की लगभग 40 वर्षीय नेता निवादा राणा चार बच्चों की माँ हैं। उन्होंने अपने ऊपर घातक हमले होने के बावजूद पूरी दृढ़ता के साथ संघर्ष को आगे बढ़ाने का संकल्प लिया है।   जब वे हम पर वन्यजीवों को नष्ट करने का आरोप लगा रहे थे, तो मैं सब समझ रही थी; मैंने…

My fears evaporated after the near fatal attack on me: Forest Rights leader, Nivada Rana Human Rights Defender profile

In her 40s now, and a mother of four children, forest movement leader Nivada Rana not only sustained near fatal attacks, but has resolved to carry forward the struggle with more resolve.   When they accuse us of destroying wildlife, I am very clear; I tell them that they are spreading falsehoods. I tell them,…

Rajkumari Bhuiya

Rajkumari Bhuiya: Songs as her tool, Sonbhadra Forest Rights leader marches on Human Rights Defender Profile

Rajkumari Bhuiya is in her fifties now. A natural organiser, Rajkumari moves from one village to another with not just songs of protests. She has a song for everything that happens in the lives of Adivasis. Whether it’s a stormy night, or police atrocities, she moves gently through all the hurdles with a song, infusing…

Shobha: A Dalit woman’s struggle for Forest Rights in Sonbhadra Human Rights Defender Profile

Located in a peculiarly odd terrain, Badi is a set of small huts spread across small hillocks on uneven land just adjacent to National Highway 39, connecting Robertsganj and Renukoot. Badi falls in the Chopan block of the Robertsganj taluka, Sonbhadra district. A long stretch of land lies bare, baking in the blazing sun. Families here live in…

Kalburgi probe be handled by Karnataka SIT

SC orders Kalburgi probe be handled by Karnataka SIT Uma Kalburgi's petition had sought court-monitored investigation

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, February 26, directed that the ongoing investigation into the killing of noted linguist and historian, MM Kalburgi be handed over to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), Karnataka that is currently investigating the Gauri Lankesh murder. Further, the SC bench headed by Rohinton Nariman also directed that the Dharwad bench of…

activists call for charges against Anand Teltumbde

Canadian academics, activists call for charges against Anand Teltumbde to be dropped Write to President Kovind, PM Modi

A collection of academics, experts and activists has written to President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling for the charges against academic and activist Dr. Anand Teltumbde to be dropped, and seeking the release of the ten human rights activists who are currently in jail.  The letter lists Dr. Teltumbde’s…

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