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Persons deprived of liberty require specific focus: UN-IASC Guidance on prisoners and detainees amidst Covid-19

In March this year, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was getting serious, an Inter-Agency Standing Committee issued interim guidance on how people deprived of their liberty should be treated amidst growing concerns of the Coronavirus infection. The two agencies; Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), jointly…

Covid-19 disproportionately affecting Indigenous people: UN OHCHR issues guidance on protection of Indigenous Rights during the pandemic

Indigenous communities, who often lack access to proper healthcare facilities, on account of a history of oppression and discrimination, are also suffering disproportionately due to the Covid-19 pandemic as per the United Nations. A guidance released by the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, titled Covid-19 and Indigenous People’s Rights, says, “The COVID-19 pandemic is…

Child Rights

Impact of Covid-19 on Children Policy Brief by the UN examining challenges posed by the pandemic and how they make children even more vulnerable

In any crisis situation be it war, natural disasters or pandemics, children, especially those who belong to socio-economically backward and marginalised communities, end up becoming the most vulnerable demographic. Bearing this in mind, the United Nations (UN) has come up with a policy brief in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. It examines some of the…

Stop forced eviction of Adivasis & Forest dwellers: UN to India UN urges India to implement FRA 2006

A clearly worded communication sent by UN human rights experts to the government of India urges the rigorous implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA, 2006), suggests a more democratic and legal way of approaching individual and community claims under the law and points out the dangers of the imminent evictions of millions of…

NRC Claims and Objections process

NRC verification process has caused great uncertainty and anxiety: UN UN High Commissioner for Human Rights talks about Assam and Kashmir at Human Rights Council session

On September 9, 2019, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke about the citizenship issue in Assam as well as the situation in Kashmir as a part of her opening address at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council. The inclusion of these two subjects was significant as the speech covered some of…

GOI responds to UN’s concerns about Assam Assures all is well

After a series of concerns raised by the United Nations, via repeated letters and communiques, about the brewing humanitarian crisis in Assam, the Indian Government has finally issued a formal response. In a letter dated August 23, a representative of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Offices at Geneva wrote to the…

संयुक्त राष्ट्र ने असम NRC मुद्दे पर भारत सरकार से पूछे कड़े प्रश्न पत्र लिख कर अंतर्राष्ट्रीय कन्वेंशन सम्बंधित अनुलग्न के तहत कर्तव्यों का कराया स्मरण

संयुक्त राष्ट्र के पांच अधिकारियों ने भारत सरकार को हाल ही में असम NRC के मुद्दे को लेकर पत्र लिखा है। इस पत्र में भारत सरकार से अपने पूर्व के दो पत्रों पर कोई प्रतिक्रिया न मिलने पर अधिकारियों ने खेद भी प्रकट किया है। संयुक्त राष्ट्र ने असम NRC की प्रक्रियाओं और उससे संबंधित…

“Rising tide of bigotry, stigmatization and scapegoating” in NRC process: UN demands GOI response Reminds India of obligations under international Human Rights conventions

In a scathing letter to the Government of India, five senior officials of the United Nations have expressed regret at the lack of response from the government on previous communiques where they had highlighted concerns about instances of human rights violations taking place during the processes and procedures related to the update of the National…

NRC Claims and Objections process

UN raises questions about NRC Claims and Objections process Highlights suffering of economically backward minorities, women and children

In a recent letter to the Indian Government, the United Nations Special Rapporteurs have once again raised concerns about people left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), especially with respect to the haphazard and arbitrary process of filing Claims and Objections. The letter written by the Working Group on Arbitrary…

NRC Claims and Objections process

UN questions ‘statelessness and disenfranchisement’ of ‘minority groups’ in Assam Special Rapporteur's report to UNGA highlights plight of Bengali Muslims

The UN Special Rapporteur has once again raised the issue of possible statelessness of millions of people in Assam in wake of the exclusion of their names from the National Register of Citizens (NRC). This is part of a report titled Contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that was presented before…

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