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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…

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…

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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India cuts a Sorry Figure on World Press Freedom Day Attacks on media persons continue with impunity across the country

May 3 is the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993 on the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. It is therefore a somber day for Indian journalists given how the Press Freedom is being curtailed in the country, by both, state and non state actors.…

Alarming Rise in Racism and Xenophobia UN Human Rights experts decry “Unashamed bigotry” in joint statement

In a joint a statement issued to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, United Nations and regional human rights experts have called on countries, civil society groups and activists to do more to tackle the increasing xenophobia and racism around the world. The experts include the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary…

UN cautions sanctions on North Korea could hurt millions requiring aid

UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said at a special security council meeting that stringent sanctions levied on North Korea are affecting the flow of humanitarian aid into the country, the Guardian reported. 70% of North Korea’s population, an estimated 18 million people, struggle with a severe lack of food, and humanitarian agencies…

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