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India is not complying with the UN Safeguards for death row convicts

Published in ACHR website on Sep. 26 :: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in its report, “INDIA: Death Without the Right to Appeal”, released today stated that India is not complying with the “United Nations safeguards  guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty” which provide that “Anyone sentenced to death shall have the right to appeal to a court...

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HRC condemns arbitrary killing by drones in Pakistan

Published in The Pakistan Today on Sep. 23 :: HRC panel discusses use of drones in accordance with international law Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC) Monday condemned arbitrary killings by the use of armed United States (US)-led drones in Pakistan. Referring to the right to life as the most fundamental of all human rights, the council held a panel discussion...

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Emma Watson on Feminism: Fighting for Women’s Rights is Not Man-Hating

Published in movies.ndtv.com on Sep. 22 by Shibani Bedi :: At 24, most actors are more interested in their next role than in changing world views. However, Hogwarts alumnus Emma Watson isn’t like most twentysomething celebrities and delivered an altogether remarkable speech on feminism that eggs the world at large to view the word from a rationalist’s point of view....

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Promotion of political harmony, tolerance stressed

Published in Dawn, September 21st, 2014 :: The Human Right Commission of Pakistan on Saturday organised a convention of writers and artists at a local hotel with panelists calling for collective efforts to promote political harmony, tolerance, cultural values and peace in the country. Among over 100 participants were poets, artists, scholars and human rights activists from across the province. HRCP...

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Rajani: Right is might

Published in The Sunday Times on Sep. 21 by Namini Wijedasa :: Remembering a Jaffna academic, who is still an inspiration to all who fight for human rights, twenty-five years after she was gunned down by the LTTE. It was near 7 pm and the light was fading. Most residents of Jaffna knew better than to loiter in the streets....

UN affirms ‘Right of Peoples to Peace’

Published in The Morung Express :: “We must douse the fires of extremism and tackle the root causes of conflict,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the official observance of the International Day of Peace. The Secretary-General asked combatants to lay down their arms “so all can breathe the air of peace” and called on people around the...

Violation of human rights under scanner

Call to end RAB impunity needs heeding Published in The Daily Star on Sep. 21 :: Violation of citizens’ rights to state protection by its own agencies has become so blatant that it can only be ignored at our own peril.  Indeed, It simply does not admit of any relapse into denial mode with prevarications like ‘deaths in encounter’or ‘what-...

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EU parliament to debate resolution on BD human rights violations

Published in The Prothom Alo on Sep. 18 :: The European Parliament (EP) will have a debate on Thursday on a joint motion for a resolution on human rights violations in Bangladesh. The EP, according to the joint motion, commended the government of Bangladesh for the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which has resulted in significant...

Conflict victims continue to experience hardships‚ says ICTJ

Published in The Himalayan Times on Sep. 17:: Victims of human rights violation during the decade long armed insurgency in Nepal continue to experience hardships, says a new study by the International Centre for Transitional Justice, urging the government to implement a comprehensive reparations programme to respond to victims’ acute and long-term needs. The report titled To Walk Freely with...