Tag: human rights

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  • Why Rakhine state is important

    Why Rakhine state is important

    While the media spotlight on Rohingyas has primarily focused on religious persecution and ethnic cleansing, the strategic importance of Rakhine State of Myanmar needs to be articulated. Rakhine State, where the Rohingyas have lived predominantly since time immemorial, is considered resourceful, but politically fragile. As we know, military operations ignited an ethnic conflict that resulted …

    September 4, 2018
  • Syria strike kills eight pro-regime fighters: Rights monitor

    Syria strike kills eight pro-regime fighters: Rights monitor

    An air strike near a US base in southeastern Syria has killed at least eight pro-government fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday.

    September 3, 2018
  • Dissent dignified

    Dissent dignified

    Just days after the Supreme Court equated dissent with a “safety valve” in a vibrant democracy, the Law Commission delivered another blow for that basic freedom by suggesting a re-drafting of the law on sedition that has been frequently invoked to drown inimical voices. In stressing that sedition involves resort to violence or other illegal …

    September 1, 2018
  • Police torture and naya Pakistan

    Police torture and naya Pakistan

    The promise of the new regime to ban police torture raises hope, says Sarah Belal.

    August 30, 2018
  • Kofi Annan

    Kofi Annan

    There is an unmistakable sense of poignancy in the passing of Kofi Annan, the first sub-Saharan African who helmed the United Nations, not the least because the world body founded in 1945 would seem to have lost its purpose 70 years after. And the principal benchmark must be its dithering in the storm-centres in recent …

    August 21, 2018
  • Why NRC is necessary to curb illegal migrants

    Why NRC is necessary to curb illegal migrants

    Preparation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the final draft of which was released on 30 July 2018, was not a suo motu exercise undertaken by the Government of India. Its origins date back to 1951 when it was first prepared following the demand of most of the political organisations in the …

    August 11, 2018
  • Bill to strengthen human rights institutions introduced in Lok Sabha

    Bill to strengthen human rights institutions introduced in Lok Sabha

    The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.

    August 9, 2018
  • Odisha rights body without chairman for six years, pendency of cases mounts

    Odisha rights body without chairman for six years, pendency of cases mounts

    The number of pending human rights violation cases is over 10,000 in the state

    July 29, 2018
  • Status of women impacts India’s global image

    Status of women impacts India’s global image

    In the last few days, India has occupied significant prime time space on all international news channels, for all the wrong reasons. This is because of the Thompson Reuters’ report on the status of women that concludes India is the worst place for women. Reflecting the views of over 370 gender specialists from five continents …

    July 27, 2018
  • The Soldier’s Election

    The Soldier’s Election

    Quite the most astonishing feature of this Wednesday’s elections in Pakistan must be that it will be conducted under the shadow of the soldier’s gun as happened in Bangladesh in 2013. But whereas Dhaka then had a military interregnum with a civilian facade, Pakistan still claims a civilian dispensation, helmed by an interim Prime Minister. …

    July 24, 2018
  • Suicide attack near Kabul airport leaves 10 dead or wounded: officials

    Suicide attack near Kabul airport leaves 10 dead or wounded: officials

    A suicide bomber killed or wounded at least 10 people at the entrance to Kabul international airport today, officials said, as scores gathered to welcome home Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile.

    July 22, 2018
  • Haley says Human Rights Council is UN’s ‘greatest failure’, defends US withdrawal

    Haley says Human Rights Council is UN’s ‘greatest failure’, defends US withdrawal

    Haley said America's withdrawal from the Human Rights Council does not mean that it has given up its fight for reform.

    July 19, 2018
  • Narratives in conflict

    Narratives in conflict

    In the early 1990s, when insurgency convulsed the Kashmir Valley, “insider” and “outsider” narratives offered an unedifying picture of men and boys being rounded up and forced to sit outdoors, in freezing winter and under the blazing sun in summer. Yet another narrative, the infamous case of Kunan Poshpora, where reports of more than 50 …

    July 10, 2018
  • Abused down under

    Abused down under

    While the US has been under the world’s scanner for separating children from parents at the Mexican border, Australia too has a far from enviable record when it comes to asylum-seekers, argues Deborah Zion.

    June 28, 2018
  • Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport: Syrian state media

    Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport: Syrian state media

    Syrian state media said early today that two Israeli missiles struck near Damascus International Airport, without adding any details.

    June 26, 2018
  • Redefining a right

    Redefining a right

    It might come as surprise to many, given the furore surrounding the recent Facebook saga, that privacy is a fairly recent construct. The initial definitional basis for privacy was grounded in the idea of the right of an individual to live as a stranger amongst strangers. Over the years particularly in the post-World War II …

    June 20, 2018
  • A basic human rights issue

    A basic human rights issue

    Although discrimination against transgenders is prevalent in India, the scene is slowly evolving as government is recognising them and providing them with identification documents.

    June 17, 2018