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Rajkumari of Dhuma: Fighting for her rights with a song on her lips Human Rights Defender

“Our struggle is neither against the dam nor against the brokers; we are demanding our rights. We are demanding our land” says Rajkumari, a fiery activist of the Kaimur Kisan Andolan, which is part of the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP). Rajkumari Bhuiya from Dhuma has grown into an immutable voice who…

Zamser Ali: A Ray of hope for the people of Assam Human Rights Defender

This is the story of Zamser Ali, a journalist and activist from Assam, whose unceasing fight against the system to reinstate the human rights of the poorest of the poor is not only inspiring but overwhelming. Zamser continues to work on the ground, trying to make this world a better place, one day at a…

Call for setting up equal opportunities commission The Hindu

‘Time to stop marginalisation of backward communities’ The Centre must set up an equal opportunities commission to prevent socially-backward communities from being further marginalised, civil rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad said here on Saturday. Such a body is required to ensure that they are not sidelined in government jobs and policies. It is also…

CJP’s Volunteer Motivators Reach Out in Assam Dial 1800 1020 138 for help

CJP reaches out to the people of Assam who are negotiating a labyrinth of citizenship related problems. Many of our special Volunteer Motivators (VMs) have spread out across many of Assam’s districts and are helping people on the ground with their claims and objections process. They are being backed by our toll free Assam State…

Latin American, Caribbean nations sign landmark environmental agreement

14 Caribbean and Latin American countries recently signed the landmark Escazú Agreement that, according to an announcement from UN Environment, gives “environmental rights the same status as human rights”. The Agreement, which is officially called the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters, is the first environmental treaty for…

Kismatiya and Sukhdev Released Victory for CJP and AIUFWP's campaign to release forest rights defenders

We’ve just had a huge victory in our campaign for Adivasi forest workers in Sonbhadra. Kismatiya Gond and Sukhdev Gond have finally been released. Now, we await the bail hearing for Sokalo Gond, who serves as Member Executive Council of the AIUFWP.     Related: Victory! Kismatiya and Sukhdev, Adivasi HRDs from UP released on…

Teesta Setalvad Uncensored Teesta Setalvad answers questions from the public that the media refuses to ask

On a rainy Saturday in June, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) Secretary Teesta Setalvad sat down with stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra for conversation about her work, the allegations against her, and the situation of human rights in India (the complete video may be viewed here). This was our first Ask Me Anything, in which…

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Social Media helps you Fight the Good Fight Stand Up for Human Rights

Civil Society Members come together on International Day of Human Rights to highlight how social media can be used to fight the good fight. Kavita Srivastava, National Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, says social media has helped empower people to tell their own stories:   Senior Journalist and author Pradip Phanjoubam who has reported…

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