Human Rights in South Asia

India's Arundhati Roy returns National Award

  0 comments   |     by Dawn on 05, November 2015

NEW DELHI: Renowned South Asian writer Arundhati Roy on Thursday issued a statement explaining her decision to return the 1989 National Award she received for Best Screenplay, saying, "I want to make it clear that I am not returning this award because I am 'shocked' by what is being called the 'growing intolerance' being fostered by the present government." She goes on to clarify her statement:

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HUMAN RIGHTS SOUTH ASIA

  0 comments   |     by Madhavi Basnet on 04, November 2015

South Asia's Regional Initiative on Human Rights by Madhavi Basnet The South Asian people share many socio-economic and political problems, such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, unequal treatment of women, violence against women, pollution, exploitation of child labor, and religious fundamentalism. Human rights organizations in South Asia have rece

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Fear and Silence in Bangladesh

  0 comments   |     by Ellen Barry on 04, November 2015

Fear and Silence in Bangladesh as Militants Target Intellectuals By ELLEN BARRY NOV. 3, 2015 as reported in NewYork Times DHAKA, Bangladesh — Fear has wormed its way into the mind of Mithila Farzana, who hosts two talk shows on a Bangladeshi television news channel. These days, she is so alert to the sensation of men coming up behind her that when she w

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Graft is a Violation of Human Rights (High Court)

  0 comments   |     by News Times of India on 04, November 2015

Graft is a violation of human rights: HC RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh high court has described corruption as a human rights violation saying it falls in the category of economic obstacles in the realisation of all human rights. Denying regular bail to state government officer arrested under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, a single bench of Justice Sanjay K Agr

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Sikh militancy: Khalistan leaders glorified

  0 comments   |     by Gautaman Bhaskaran on 04, November 2015

Cinema has, since time immemorial, been used as a political weapon. Hitler and Mussolini had movies made to propagate fascism, and the Venice Film Festival, the oldest such event in the world which started in 1932, served as an effective mouthpiece for these two dictators. In India, the Dravidian political parties actually came under the limelight in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu

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The Naxalite Insurgency in India

  0 comments   |     by Kristian A Kennedy on 04, November 2015

16 of India's 28 states – mostly in the east and the centre – are affected by insurgency to a greater or lesser degree. It is an often ignored fact that 66.6% of Indian landmass is not in Indian control where the writ of the state is shaky and in places negligible or nonexistent.  There may be as many as 150,000 militiamen and full-time fighters in total and India's Prime M

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A Disaster in Waiting in the Himalayas

  0 comments   |     by Jehangir Khattak on 04, November 2015

A senior Pakistani official recently issued a largely ignored statement about the environmental impact of status quo between the armies of Pakistan and India on the world’s highest battleground, the Siachen Glacier. Some military check posts on both sides here are as high as 21,000 feet above sea level.

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ModiFail Silicon Valley Protester Assaulted

  0 comments   |     by Pieter Friedrich on 04, November 2015

Passionate crowds of protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with loud slogans and a sea of placards upon his arrival at San Jose's SAP Center for a stage-managed Silicon Valley “community reception.” The posters, chants, and surprise banner drop challenged the Modi PR team's attempts to whitewash the controversial politician's record. The protest was the culminat

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Researchers: Freedom From Corruption Is ‘Human Right

  0 comments   |     by Jeffrey Young on 04, November 2015

International law does not currently regard an act of official corruption as the violation of a human right. But as recent steps by Chinese leaders, political shifts in India, the EuroMaidan in Ukraine, and the Arab Spring all reflect, an international consensus is emerging that corruption is a pervasive and pernicious social problem, structural obstacle to economic growth and threat to glo

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Indian Government, Modi and RSS

  0 comments   |     by Siddharth Varadarajan on 04, November 2015

What makes the axis between the government and the RSS so problematic is not just its extra-constitutionality but the sheer incompatibility of the RSS and its ideology with a democratic, inclusive polity and society. A bizarre political spectacle took place in Delhi this week that no amount of sophistry can square with the principles of a modern democratic republic. A &ls

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