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Investigate illegal detention of children in J&K: SC Apex court directs Juvenile Justice Committee of J & K HC to probe the matter

The Supreme Court has directed the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to look into the allegations of illegal detention of children in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370, and submit a report before it within a week. There have been certain reports specific to the…

“Grim and despairing, death-knell for the media” NWMI-FSC report exposes absence of press freedom in Kashmir

It has been a month since Kashmir went dark in wake of a virtual communication and media blockade, and now a report has emerged that exposes what is going on in that darkness. Prepared by the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and the Free Speech Collective (FSC), the report titled News Behind the Barbed Wire:…

Understanding Article 370 A compilation

Article 370 was brought into the Constitution after the events of 1947, when a more popular section of the Kashmiri leadership, led by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, negotiated Kashmir’s unique relationship with the Indian Union. The “special status” granted to the state through Article 370 allows the state to have its own Constitution – that is…

Former Judge in the dock for inflammatory speech at J&K rally Join CJP's campaign for #HateFreeElections

An FIR has been lodged against former district judge, Syed Tauqeer from Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The former judge reportedly resorted to inflammatory speech while addressing a gathering in the area. Tauqeer was reported to have said, “I have been told that the forest department is closing your roads. Now you have my…

Pulwama Terrorist Attack: Must contain spilling over of revengeful emotions Admiral Ramdas's message for Citizens Against Terror

The tragic event of the suicide bomber attack on the convoy at Pulwama resulting in the deaths of 41 CRPF Jawans, is despicable and condemnable. A proper enquiry must identify the causes and the weaknesses and failures that have resulted in this tragedy. On behaIf of my wife and myself, I would like to convey…

Pulwama Terrorist Attack: Stop and Contemplate what can be done to Avoid such Massacres Julio Ribeiro's message for Citizens Against Terror

The spirit of Nationalism has been demonstrably proved all over the country when thousands of ordinary citizens spontaneously met in groups, at street corners and in halls, to show their sympathy with the 41 C.R.P.F. Jawans who were killed in one instant explosion triggered by a fidayeen. They also demonstrated their anger against those who…

Judgments and Orders that Empowered Citizens in 2018 Decisions by Indian courts that helped strengthen Human Rights

2018 was an important year in the courts for several key human rights issues. Here is the annual round up of 12 such judgments that helped deliver justice and set right several historical wrongs. SC respects Hadiya’s choice On March 8, 2018, the Supreme Court set aside a Kerala High Court judgment that had annulled…

KPSS calls out Governor for “cold shoulder” over Dussehra Laments inability to hold celebrations this year

The Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) has issued a press release expressing regret at not being able to organise Dussehra celebrations this year. The KPSS also criticised the J&K Governor for giving them a “cold shoulder”. KPSS noted that since 2007, it has been organising Dussehra celebrations in the Kashmir Valley that “showcased the composite…

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Hate Watch: CJP’s complaint over hate-filled content on Zee News continues CJP responds to NBSA over letter from Zee Media Corporation

CJP received a response from Zee Media Corporation Ltd. (ZMCL) after we first sent a letter, and then filed a complaint with the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), over hate-filled and violence-inducing content aired on Zee News in June 2018. CJP has since responded to the NBSA, requesting that our complaint may be pursued further.…

Report of threat to Kashmiri Pandits a diversion: KPSS KPSS says report "aimed to increase the trust deficit" in the Valley

Sanjay Tickoo, president of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS), a CJP partner organisation, has issued a statement regarding a news report “telecasted by National Media about the so called threat to the Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley”. Per Tickoo, the news item was “aimed to increase the trust deficit among the population living…

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