Human Rights in South Asia

Well done, My Lords!

  1 comments   |     by Justice Markandaey Katju

Appeasement to a bully, like the Munich pact of 1938, only whets the appetite of an aggressor. SUBMIT that the recent Ayodhya verdict of the Supreme Court will go down in the annals of Indian legal history in the same category as its decision in ADM Jabalpur vs. Shivakant Shukla, 1975, the only difference being that un

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Whatever it takes

  0 comments   |     by Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

THE Indian lockdown of nine million Muslims in the Kashmir Valley seems to be unending. Has India made a ‘major strategic blunder’ or has it pulled off a major fait accompli? In other words, is there a greater likelihood of India having to reverse its Aug 5 decision or is it effectively irreversible despite Pakistan’s vigorous diplomacy and the unp

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Kashmir, India and the World

  0 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat

On the first day of year 2020, India completed 150 days of siege of Kashmir – longest ever in any place with the world’s longest-ever internet blockade.  The military cordon remains entrenched and unwavering to activate with the usual brutality but this time around with a wild vengeance whenever Kashmiris display any potential for resistance. So far, the only reason Kashmi

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The Modi government’s new citizenship law puts India at...

  0 comments   |     by Barkha Dutt

The Modi government’s new citizenship law puts India at war with itself “It’s 1947 all over again,” wrote my aunt on the family WhatsApp group

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Modi’s surgical strike on Muslims puts India at war with itself

  0 comments   |     by Debasish Roy Chowdhury

Pincer attack with citizenship law and population verification sets the stage for prolonged unrest In the midst of an acute slowdown, a strange time to dabble in explosive social issues

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J&K continues to be haunted, as parts of India ‘degenerate’ into quasi-Kashmir situation

  0 comments   |     by Rajendran Narayanan, Sandeep Pandey

“Jab har saans mein bandook dikhe toh baccha kaise bekhauf rahe?” (How can a child be fearless when she sees a gun in every breath?) remarked Anwar, a gardener from Srinagar, when asked about the situation in Kashmir. On November 30, 2019, a walk through an iron gate in a quiet neighbourhood of Srinagar took us inside a public school. It was 11

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Can non-BJP CMs thwart Citizenship Act’s nationwide rollout?

  0 comments   |     by Anindya Banerjee

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) On Friday, in a packed hall at the Indian Women’s Press Corps in New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath alleged that the newly-amended Citizenship Act was an attempt by the BJP-ruled Centre to change the narrative by “design”. Calling it a “process tha

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Post-9/11: unilateralism and international law

  0 comments   |     by ShireenMazari

Post-9/11, the world is witnessing increasing violations of international law, especially International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in conflict situations, specifically where powerful states are involved, on the one hand, and a lack of consequences for these violations, on the other. In the af

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Demolishing Human Rights in India

  0 comments   |     by Fr Cedric Prakash SJ

This past year from December 2018, had two significant 70th anniversaries: first, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) and then, of the promulgation of the Constitution of India (November 26, 2019). It is quite certain that the makers of the Indian Constitution took inspiration from the UDHR. Strangely enough, as if on cue, ever

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A Dalit Girl Gang Raped And Hanged From A Tree In Gujarat

  0 comments   |     by admin

In north Gujarat a 19-year-old Dalit woman was kidnapped, gangraped and murdered before her body was hanged from a tree to make it look like a suicide. The victim had gone missing on December 31 and her body was found on January 5. According to the details of the Nirbhaya-like case, after the deceased went missing, her family had

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