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INDIA: Indian govt should act on rights pledges: HRW World Report

The Indian Government should bring public officials, police, and military personnel who commit serious rights abuses to justice, Human Rights Watch said that in release of its world report 2015 on Thursday. The Modi government intensified engagement with world leaders to promote trade and investment and revive the Indian economy but failed to speak out on human rights abuses, and...

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BANGLADESH: HRW accuses Bangladesh govt of failing to ‘rein in’ security forces

A New York-based rights group says Bangladesh government has failed to prosecute security forces for “serious abuses” including killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests. In its 2015 World Report, released on Thursday, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said government forces committed serious abuses both leading up to and after the January 2014 general election. The HRW has also criticised opposition...

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SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s new government plans fresh war crimes probe

Published in The Reuters on Jan. 29 :: Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26-year civil war amid international frustration at the failure to look into numerous civilian deaths, a government spokesman said late on Wednesday. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was ousted in a surprise election defeat...

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SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s NGOs test limits of new freedoms

Less than three weeks since Sri Lanka voted in a new president, rights activists and other NGOs say there are already encouraging signs that they may have more freedom to work under the new administration, including in the former conflict zone in the north. Six days after the 8 January election, around 300 families of those still missing as a...

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SRI LANKA: Revisiting Sampur: How Long Will it Take to Return Home?

Published in The Ground Views on Jan. 28 By Bhavani Fonseka and Mirak Raheem :: The election of a new President has unleashed high expectations of change for the better. Although for some the expectations relate to macro issues of constitutional reform and good governance, for others their hopes are more basic: that of survival, of returning to their own...

PAKISTAN: 2014 worst year in history of Pakistani media

Report predicts a menu of key challenges that media in Pakistan will face in the course of 2015 Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 26 :: The year 2014 was the worst ever in the history of Pakistan for the media with the highest number of casualties – 14 journalists, media assistants and a blogger got killed for their...

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BANGLADSH: Stop violence in name of democratic movement

Capital reverberates all day long with the demand of citizens from all walks of life Published in the Daily Star on Jan. 25 :: “Stop violence in the name of political movement” was the silent cry reverberating through the streets in front of Jatiya Press Club, Central Shaheed Minar and Bangladesh National Museum throughout the day yesterday. People from all...

SRI LANKA: Right to Information will empower the people

Published in The Island on Jan. 24 by Randima Attygalle :: ‘When information which properly belongs to the public is systematically withheld by those in power, the people soon become ignorant of their own affairs, distrustful of those who manage them, and – eventually – incapable of determining their own destinies’- Richard Nixon Be it a parent whose child is...

PAKISTAN, INDIA: Ceasefire violations and effects on civilians in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir – a preliminary report by PIPFPD

PAKISTAN INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE & DEMOCRACYC/o: F-10/12, (Basement), Malviya Nagar, New DelhiContacts: 09869077718, 09582452343, 011-26687724 Website:www.pipfpd.org Email: pipfpd.india@gmail.com Press Note January 21, 2015 Release of Preliminary Fact Finding report on “Effects of ceasefire violations on civilian population residing in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir” The ceasefire violations on the International Border and the LoC between Pakistan...