Category: News Alerts – India

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Pope wants death, life terms to be abolished

Published in The Hindu on Oct. 24 :: Pope Francis issued a call for all the countries to abolish capital punishment and also eliminate sentences for life imprisonment because “a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence”. At a Vatican meeting Thursday with representatives from International Association of Criminal Law, the Pope said that he finds it hard to...

INDIA: Need for human rights education emphasized

Published in The Assam Tribune on Oct. 24 :: The North East Diocesan Social Forum (NEDSF), in collaboration with the Assam Don Bosco University, Azara, organised a day-long ‘National Consultation on Human Rights Education in Schools’, in the city on Friday. The main objective of the consultation was to encourage the inclusion of human rights education in the schools of...

INDIA: IOC new host contract is gold medal for human rights – HRW

Published in The Times of India on Oct. 24 :: Human Rights Watch has heaped unusual praise on the International Olympic Committee for including human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, saying other organisations should follow suit. The IOC has for years been criticised by human rights groups including HRW, especially after awarding...

At General Assembly, UN experts urged global action on enforced disappearances

Published in www.indiablooms.com on Oct. 23 :: States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances: prevention; search for the disappeared; punishment of the perpetrators; and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two United Nations expert bodies addressing the General Assembly on the issue declared on Wednesday.  “All this needs a strong and...

INDIA: Documenting rights violations by businesses

Published in The Hindu on Oct. 21 :: “During 2014, major companies from emerging economies will face increasing questions about how they are seeking to implement the responsibility to respect human rights. They will need to provide solid answers,” declares the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). The organisation explains, “We work to shape policy, advance practice and...

India: Love Jihad and targetting of religious minorities

Published in the South Asia Citizens Web on Oct. 16 : The recent outpouring of support for the “development” agenda of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, by several leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches may possibly stave off the immediate attention of the dreaded Intelligence Bureau and the Ministry of Home affairs, but it is not likely to reduce...

Ansar Burney for end to Indian aggression

Published in The News – Pakistan on Oct. 17 :: Human rights organisation Ansar Burney Trust International Thursday called on India to stop firing on innocent people of Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and resolve issues through dialogue. International ambassador for peace and human rights Ansar Burney said that in the last two weeks, more than a dozen...