Category: India

Fishermen issue: India, Pak hope to reach deal

Published in The Hindustan Times on Dec. 15 by Rahul Singh :: India will push for an arrangement with Pakistan under which both countries could take a slightly lenient view of maritime trespass by their fishermen in the Arabian Sea, a senior defence ministry official told HT. India will hold high-level talks with Pakistan on December 17-18 here to discuss...

INDIA: Continuing threats to human rights

Published in The Statesman on Dec. 10 by Vijay K. Nagaraj :: For the survivors of the Bhopal gas leak, today, Human Rights Day, is yet another day to confront the myriad wrongs of thirty years of corporate criminality and apathetic governance. On 3 December 1984, tonnes of lethal methyl isocyanate (MIC) and other chemicals leaked from the factory of...

INDIA: Mumbai cops disallow Pak artistes’ concert

Published in The Times of India on Dec. 02 :: Popular Pakistani band Sachal Jazz Ensemble had to call off its performance at the NCPA on Monday evening at the last moment because the city police withheld seven Pakistan artists in the band permission to perform. The Lahore-based band consists of three British citizens and seven Pakistanis. The last-minute cancellation...

Pakistani blasphemy laws and minorities

Published in The Kashmir Time on Nov. 11 by Nasir Khan: This unthinkable and horrifying news of the breaking of the legs of a working-class Christian couple and burning them alive by a large mob of Muslims in Pakistan shows the utmost inhuman acts in the name of religion in general and blasphemy laws of Pakistan in particular. (For details,...

INDIA: Is it a crime to possess or wear clothing with national insignia of a neighbouring South Asian Country ?

An Open Letter to Secretary General of SAARC Published in The South Asia Citizens Web on Nov. 09 :: To: H.E. Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)SAARC Secretariat,
 Tridevi Marg, 
P.O. Box 4222,
 Kathmandu,
 Nepalsaarc@saarc-sec.org 9 November 2014 Your excellency, I write to draw your attention to the recent filing of a police...

INDIA, PAKISTAN: PIPFPD appeals to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations

Published in pipfpd.org website :: The ceasefire violations and firing taking place on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir is a matter of grave concern. India and Pakistan are blaming each other for ceasefire violations and cross border firing that began on the night of Wednesday (October 1st) and is continuing till...

INDIA: India highlights challenge of fighting terror and preserving human rights

Published in The Business Standard :: Calling terrorism an attack on democracy and human rights,India Wednesday highlighted the challenge of balancing the fight against terrorism with preserving human rights. “An understanding of the linkage between countering terrorism and promoting human rights remains mired in suspicion and misunderstanding,” Mayank Joshi, a first secretary, at India’s UN Mission, said. “The challenge lies...

INDIA: Children pledge to stand for rights

Published in The Nagaland Post on Oct. 30 :: An awareness campaign on child rights on the theme “ Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”  was organized by the Nagaland Social Welfare Board (NSSWB) and State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) on October 28 at Bloomfield Academy School and Gilgal High School, Wokha, where around 350 children attended...

INDIA: No Justice for 1984 Anti-Sikh Bloodshed

Failure to Prosecute “Organized Carnage” Shows Need for Police Reforms, Communal Violence Law Published in hrw.org :: Successive Indian governments’ failure to prosecute those most responsible for killings and other abuses during the 1984 anti-Sikh violence highlights India’s weak efforts to combat communal violence. The new Indian government should seek police reforms and to enact a law against communal violence...