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Human Rights - Information
Republic Of Fear: ‘India is hostile to its weakest and poor, there is no justice for them’
The Polis Project, Oct 15, 2018
India has always been a profoundly violent country. The routinized violence experienced by the country's marginalized - Dalits, Muslims, Adivasi, poor, women - is not only denied but also hidden behind a language of neutrality. »
Letter by nine European MEPs urging cancellation of all agreements with the Indian Government
Sep 14, 2018
Nine MEPs sent a letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Federica Mogherini, regarding the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of nine human and democratic rights activists across India on August 28 (2018). »
A brief timeline of the legal battle against Section 377
The Indian Express, Sep 6, 2018
Section 377 of the Indian has been partially struck down Thursday by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, with the apex court legalising same sex relations between consenting adults. »
India Strikes Down Colonial-Era Law Against Gay Sex
The New York Times, Sep 6, 2018
In a groundbreaking victory for gay rights, India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down one of the world’s oldest laws criminalizing consensual gay sex, putting to rest a legal battle that stretched for many years and burying one of the most glaring vestiges of India’s colonial past. »
Section 377 will not apply to consensual same-sex acts, says Supreme Court
The Hindu, Sep 6, 2018
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality by partially striking down the colonial era provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). »
Supreme Court extends house arrest of rights activists till Sept. 12
The Hindu, Sep 6, 2018
The Supreme Court on Thursday extended till September 12, the house arrest of five rights activists in connection with their alleged connection with proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist). »
India: MRG & IDSN strongly condemn latest arrests of prominent human rights defenders
IDSN, Aug 31, 2018
Five prominent Indian human rights activists were arrested during simultaneous police raids, as part of an investigation into events earlier this year during a Dalit commemoration. They follow a wider crackdown on activists in recent months. »
Activists’ arrest: It's a more serious situation in country than Emergency, says Arundhati Roy
The Hindu, Aug 28, 2018
Following the arrests of civil rights activists and lawyers on Tuesday, writer Arundhati Roy said the situation in the country could become “more serious” than it was at the time of the Emergency in the mid-1970s. 'It’s the sign of a government in panic'.»
The Global Slavery Index 2018 - Findings: Country Study India, Jul 2018
The Global Slavery Index estimates that on any given day in 2016 there were nearly 8 million people living in modern slavery in India. In terms of prevalence of modern slavery in India, there were 6.1 victims for every thousand people. »
Demand for Public Investigation into the Murder of Ajit Naik
Intercultural Resources, Aug 8, 2018
Ajit Naik, popular environmental and right to information activist, and well known lawyer, was brutally murdered in Dandeli (Karnataka) as he was returning home on 27th July 2018. A demand for a comprehensive public investigation into the murder and expose’ of real forces behind this cycle of violence. »
INDIA: Victims of torture need effective accountability mechanisms
Asian Human Rights Commission, Jun 26, 2018
June 26th every year is marked as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) works closely with victims of torture through its network of partner organisations across the countries it works in. »
INDIA: Right to freedom of opinion and expression deteriorating
Asian Legal Resource Centre, May 30, 2018
A Written Submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre. »
INDIA: Climate of impunity allows extrajudicial executions to go unchecked
Asian Legal Resource Centre, May 29, 2018
The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) writes to the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking its attention and intervention considering the violent culture of extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions in India. »
Dutch PM Mark Rutte urged to take up Hindu extremism in talks with PM Modi
National Herald, May 23, 2018
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been asked to take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi increasing attacks on minorities and Dalits by Hindu extremist groups during the Netherlands’ leader two-day visit to India beginning Thursday. »
Why selling their vote is a rational choice for a large segment of voters in India, May 11, 2018
The earnings of the poor are so abysmal and unpredictable, their work so backbreaking, that money earned from selling votes seems like manna from heaven. »
Rescued from slavery, Indian workers unite to stop bonded labour
Thomson Reuters Foundation, Apr 19, 2018
Indians rescued from slavery are coming together to free others from bonded labour in brick kilns, rice mills and factories throughout the state of Tamil Nadu.
About 500,000 labourers in 11 industries in Tamil Nadu are trapped in debt bondage, according to the International Justice Mission (IJM), an anti-slavery group. »
Amnesty International: Dalit human rights defenders face serious risk
IDSN, Dec 20, 2017
A new report released by Amnesty International paints a grim picture of the situation for human rights defenders across the globe who face death, persecution and harassment for carrying out human rights work. The report raises particular concern for Dalit human rights defenders in India. »
Dalit rights activist Chandrashekhar Azad's detention is a mockery of law: Amnesty International India
Sikh Siyasat News, Nov 10, 2017
The arrest and detention of Chandrashekhar Azad under the National Security Act a day after he was granted bail is a brazen attempt to sidestep human rights safeguards in the country in the ordinary criminal justice system. »
Why Do So Many Indian Children Go Missing?
The New York Times, Nov 19, 2017
One day in April last year, 13-year-old Savitri was walking down a road with her mother in Dataganj district, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, carrying a flask of tea to her father, a laborer at a brick kiln, when five men pulled her into a moving jeep. One of them was from their village. »
Urgent Appeal for Action – Dalit Professor attempted killed in need of immediate protection
IDSN, Nov 8, 2017
The HRDA-India issued an urgent appeal for the protection of Professor Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – a political analyst, human rights activist and one of India’s most prominent Dalit thinkers. Prof. Shepherd was allegedly attempted killed in his car.... »
Urgent Appeal for Action – Death threats and withdrawal of police protection for a Dalit human rights activist
IDSN, Nov 2, 2017
HRDA-India issued an urgent appeal for action to protect Dalit human rights defender Rajat Kalsan, working to help Dalits gain justice and protection from abuses as a lawyer and activist. »
India: Superpower aspirations while 21 percent of children waste away
Asian Human Rights Commission, Oct 17, 2017
With the publication of the 2017 Global Hunger Index Report, it is clear that India’s dreams of becoming a superpower, with world class airports and bullet trains, are all hyperbole. The utopian narrative of modern India overlooks the fact that it is a country that fell three places down to 100 in the 2017 Hunger Index, and 45 places down overall since 2014. »
Indian Government responds to UN rights review – accepts key recommendations on caste but not on ensuring space for civil society
IDSN, Oct 9, 2017
India has accepted 9 UPR-recommendations concerning caste-based discrimination, but none of the recommendations related to protecting civil society space and amending the foreign contributions act. »
The murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh shows India descending into violence
The Guardian, Sep 7, 2017
Hindu extremists go unpunished, leading to a culture in which lynching, mob violence and hate crimes are increasingly, horrifyingly, widespread.
Once quiet, civilised Bangalore is shaken to the core by the news of the shocking murder of its most famous journalist, Gauri Lankesh. »
Rights defenders: legislation meant to stop caste atrocities is failing
IDSN, Aug 31, 2017
Dalit and Adivasi Civil Society Organisations, Human Rights Defenders from across India met in New Delhi to discuss the status of implementation of India’s legislation to prevent atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis. »
Squeezing civil society hurts India
New Age, Aug 26, 2017
Powered by individuals from all walks of life and led by social activists who cut across religious and ethnic divides, the country’s freedom struggle was the greatest civil society movement of its time, and led by the world’s pre-eminent civil society activist, Mahatma Gandhi. Today, the spiritual descendants of India’s freedom fighters working in thousands of civil society organisations across the country are facing a slew of well documented obstacles. »
Justice Under Trial: A study of pre-trial detention in India
Amnesty International India, Jul 12, 2017
Around 280,000 Indians are being held in prison during their trials or awaiting trial, without having been convicted of a crime. Many have been awaiting trial for years, some for a longer period than their maximum formal sentence. »
Breaking Down Democracy: Goals, Strategies, and Methods of Modern Authoritarians
Freedom House, Jun 2017
The 21st century has been marked by a resurgence of authoritarian rule that has proved resilient despite economic fragility and occasional popular resistance. Modern authoritarianism has succeeded, where previous totalitarian systems failed, due to refined and nuanced strategies of repression, the exploitation of open societies, and the spread of illiberal policies in democratic countries themselves. »
Dutch govt in ‘dialogue with India on human rights’
The Times of India, Jul 3, 2017
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Netherlands, Joel Voordewind of the Dutch parliament raised some questions for his PM Mark Rutte. On June 30, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs responded on behalf of the PM.»
Ahead of Modi’s Visit, Dutch Civil Groups Raise Concerns of Rights Violations in India
The Wire, Jun 26, 2017
Narendra Modi has said his visit will focus on economic co-operation with the Netherlands, but the ICN, a human rights advocacy group, has urged the Dutch prime minister to also address India’s deteriorating human rights situation. »
Rights groups assail India’s human rights record
UCAN India, May 29, 2017
Alliance for Justice and Accountability, a coalition of Indian Christians, Dalits, Muslims and progressive forces in the US, released a comprehensive report on human rights abuses against India’s social and religious minorities. The report released on May 23 in Washington said the abuses have increased since the BJP government came to power. »
Citizens' report highlights ignorance of BJP-led government
DailyHunt, May 26, 2017
As the NDA celebrated three years of BJP government, a 110-page citizen’s report compiled by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan claimed: “In the third year of a five-year term in which the BJP-led government has little of substance to show on issues that affect India’s poor and middle classes.” »
Attacks on human rights activists reach crisis point globally
Amnesty International, May 16, 2017
Community leaders, lawyers, journalists and other human rights defenders across the world are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned Amnesty International today as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice.»
India is using travel ban as weapon against human rights activists
GEO TV, Mar 2, 2017
Amjad Bashir, MEP from Yorkshire, and an outspoken critic of Indian atrocities in Kashmir, gave a scathing criticism of the country for refusing him a visa.... Distinguished and influential human rights activist, Gerard Oonk, who has been campaigning against child labour in India for years was barred from the country despite having strong connections with and cooperation from Indian labour unions.... »
EU states its commitment to civil society and human rights defenders
IDSN, Mar 1, 2017
In a statement on World NGO Day the EU reiterates its commitment to protecting space for civil society and human rights defenders. This is particularly relevant in relation to organisations and defenders working to fight caste discrimination as they are increasingly facing threats and sanctions. »
Comparative analysis of foreign contribution regulatory mechanisms in India, its neighbours
Counterview, Mar 2, 2017
The recent developments in the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) regime and strengthening of restrictions and regulations by the Central Govt. has raised many eyebrows, including the UN. »
Narendra Modi’s Crackdown on Civil Society in India
The New York Times, Jan 9, 2017
Among their common traits, illiberal strongmen share a virulent mistrust of civil society. From Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey, illiberal governments regularly use imprisonment, threats and nationalist language to repress nongovernmental organizations. Here in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is going after their money. »
India blocks funding for IDSN member Navsarjan
IDSN, Jan 6, 2017
In the latest of a series of blocks on foreign funding to human rights NGOs, the Indian Government has revoked the foreign funding (FCRA) license from Dalit rights NGO Navsarjan Trust. The revocation of the license means that Navsarjan can no longer receive funding from foreign donors and the organisation has had to ask its 80 staff to resign. »
Human Rights - Advocacy
Letter by nine European MEPs urging cancellation of all agreements with the Indian Government
Nine MEPs sent a letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Federica Mogherini, regarding the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of nine human and democratic rights activists across India on August 28 (2018).
Sep 14, 2018
Dutch govt in ‘dialogue with India on human rights’
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Netherlands, Joel Voordewind of the Dutch parliament raised some questions for his PM Mark Rutte. On June 30, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs responded on behalf of the PM.
The Times of India, Jul 3, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Jun 22, 2017) to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the visit of Prime Minister Modi of India to the Netherlands
Jun 30, 2017
Open letter to Prime Minister Rutte
about the visit of Indian Prime Minister Modi to the Netherlands: Talk to Narendra Modi about human rights violations
ICN, Jun 24, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Jan 31, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the exclusion of civil society organisations by the Indian government
Feb 13, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Jun 10, 2016) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the restriction of freedom of expression in India
Jun 23, 2016
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Servaes and Vos (both Labour Party)
(subm. Jun 3, 2015) to the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the trade mission to India and the request of a number of NGOs to advocate for freedom of organisation and speech
Jun 15, 2015
Open letter to Prime Minister Rutte
Be an advocate in India for freedom of organization and speech
ICN, Greenpeace ...., May 29, 2015
Asian Development Bank complicit in human rights violations in India
Exploitation of workers, violations of labour laws, child labour, hazardous working conditions and lethal accidents at the work place. This is just a sample related to 10 projects that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) finances in India.
May 8, 2013