Category: News Alerts – India

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...

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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...