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HUMAN RIGHTS

Human Rights - Information
Amnesty urges Meghalaya to investigate attacks on activists for exposing illegal coal mining
Sikh Siyasat News, Nov 10, 2018
The grievous attack on activist Anges Kharshiing and her two aides -- Amita Sangma and Emiki Kurbah -- in Meghalaya, highlights a pattern of reprisals against activists who are standing up against injustice and exposing corruption in the state, said Amnesty India. »
Bhima Koregaon case: Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira get 14-day judicial custody
The New Indian Express, Nov 6, 2018
In August, the Pune Police had raided and arrested two others Gautam Navlakha (now released) and P. Varavara Rao (currently under house arrest in Hyderabad), besides Bharadwaj, Gonsalves and Ferreira.»
Govt treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises: Amnesty
The Times of India, Oct 26, 2018
Amnesty International India said on Friday the Union government is treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises in the wake of searches by the Enforcement Directorate at its premises. The ED on Thursday conducted searches at two locations of the rights watchdog in connection with a foreign exchange contravention case.»
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
GlobalSlaveryIndex.com, 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
Scroll.in, 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. »
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