Category: News Alerts – India

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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Is defending human rights a crime?

Published in TwoCircles.net on Sep. 17 :: In a blog posted on the website of the Green Peace, the non-profit organization working on issues of environment has asked if defending human rights has become a crime in the country. The public rant was on the stoppage of anti-nuclear activist Dr. Udaykumar at the Delhi airport. Dr. Udaykumar was on his...

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Indian Government Objects to Supreme Court Ruling on Transgender Rights

Published in India Real Time on Sep. 12 :: In April, India’s Supreme Court in a landmark ruling granted transgender people legal protections and access to affirmative-action type programs. Now, India’s government is asking the justices to reconsider some aspects of their judgment. The government — led by the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party, which has deep roots in the country’s Hindu nationalist movement...

Protect their human rights: Nisar Ahmed

Published in The Hindu on Sep. 12 :: Poet Nisar Ahmed was surrounded by a group of people in Mysore as he was stepping out of a programme venue on Thursday, who demanded an explanation from him on a statement made by him earlier on sex workers. He told The Hindu that he was “dismayed” by how a statement pleading...

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The human cost of sex trafficking

Published in The Live Mint on Sep. 02 by Ashwaq Mashoodi :: As the customer entered her room, the 14-year-old’s mother pushed a cassette into the tape recorder and turned the volume up. Before leaving, she looked at the teenager and warned: “Do not shout or cry, even if it hurts.” The room in one of Kolkata’s red light districts was...

It is Time for the Establishment of a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism

Published in E-Pao on Sep. 01 :: The Regional Initiative for a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism along with one hundred civil society organisations and individuals from twenty States across India called on the government to work with other South Asian States towards the establishment of an independent and effective inter-state South Asian regional human rights mechanism. The participants at...

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Caste Forced to Clean Human Waste

Published in hrw.org on Aug. 25 ::  ‘Manual Scavenging’ Persists With Local Officials’ Support  The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government should implement existing legislation...

Assam’s women most affected by recurrent ethnic clashes, study says

Published in The Times of India on Aug. 20 ::  A study has revealed that women in Assam are the worst sufferers of ethnic clashes and other incidents of violence. Such incidents are a regular occurrence in the state, particularly in the fraught Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)...

World Humanitarian Day

Published in The Rising Kashmir on Aug. 19 ::  August 19, 2014 is the day that would be celebrated as World Humanitarian Day with United Nation’s theme “The World Needs More”. As one takes account of the hostility in Gaza where Israeli strikes are killing unarmed civilians including women and children, the theme as well as observance by the UN...