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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

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…

More than 10,000 children killed or maimed due to conflict in 2017: UN Syria and DRC among places with maximum number of verified violations

The recently published Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict from the United Nations Secretary-General has revealed that, in 2017, “there was a large increase in the number of violations compared with the number reported for 2016”. The report notes that there were “at least 6,000 verified violations by government forces and more than 15,000 by a…

UN rights experts call for G. N. Saibaba’s release Urge GOI to release the human rights defender on medical grounds

United Nations human rights experts have called on India to release imprisoned professor and human rights defender Dr. G. N. Saibaba. Saibaba, who is reportedly being held in solitary confinement, has severe disabilities and uses a wheelchair; his health has been declining, reportedly due to poor conditions in prison, and untrained staff who are not capable of…

NRC Claims and Objections process

Manipur ‘fake encounters’ on UN radar Call for completion of probe into extra-judicial killings in the North Eastern state

Two United Nations human rights experts have called on Indian authorities to complete thorough investigations into alleged killings by security forces in Manipur. The experts in question are Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.  “We are extremely concerned that the delay appears…

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