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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

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…

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…

Making India Stronger

साहस और सहानुभूति के साथ मज़बूत होता भारत मिलिए उन मानवाधिकार रक्षकों से जो साल 2018 में लाखों लोगों के प्रेरणा स्रोत रहे

देश में एकता, समरसता और सामंजस्य बनाए रखने, संविधान में दिए अधिकारों और आज़ादी को कायम रखने की कोशिशों में, साधारण से नज़र आने वाले कुछ आम भारतीय नागरिकों ने असाधारण साहस और करुणा का परिचय दिया है. यहां कुछ ऐसे ही लोगों का ज़िक्र कर रहे हैं जो मानवाधिकार रक्षक की भूमिका में सभी…

Making India Stronger

Making India Stronger with Courage and Compassion Meet the Human Rights Defenders who inspired millions in 2018

Ordinary Indian citizens showed exceptional compassion and commitment to maintaining harmony as well as upholding the rights and freedoms guaranteed to all in out Constitution. Their exemplary courage inspires us all. Here’s are some Human Rights Defenders who are a beacon of hope for everyone.   Sokalo Gond Sokalo Gond is an Adivasi forest rights activist…

Drama Unfolds as Three Lawyer-Activists Arrested Rejection of bail pleas by Pune court on the last day of house arrest paves way for custody

While Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Fereira were feretted away by the Pune police in Mumbai within minutes of the Pune court rejecting their pleas for bail, the police waited outside Sudha Bharadwaj’s home from the midnight of October 26-27 Drama over the arrests of renowned human rights activists and lawyers continued into the midnight of…

Sokalo Gond granted Bail Huge victory for the Adivasi struggle in Sonbhadra, UP

Adivasi human rights defender Sokalo Gond had been illegally incarcerated since June 8th 2018 and was granted bail today. She is the member executive council of the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP). In this video, she talks to CJP about the Adivasi struggle in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh, and the steps that they…

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