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09 September, 2012

It is Not Enough To "Have" Human Rights,
It Is Essential To Know Them And
Own Them As a Way of Life

By Shulamith Koenig

Our mantra describes human rights as the banks of the river where life flows freely. And when the floods come people who know and own human rights strengthen the bank to revert the floods and maintain freedom. Knowledge is power! .Learning about human rights as a way of life moves power to human rights

27 January, 2012

Misuse Of Intelligence: Right To Dissent
By S.G.Vombatkere

The national and state intelligence agencies have advised the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that “ some rights organisations ” that decry state violence are purposefully or at least effectively taking sides with Maoists and “ actively helping spread the Maoist ideology ”. They have suggested that “ the Union government take steps to limit the activities of leading human rights organizations ”

03 January, 2012

Humanocide: A New International Crime
And Human Rights Violation

By Mary Hamer

The purpose of this paper is to define a new Legal term: Humanocide. Humanocide is a new International crime & Human rights violation. Humanocide is a word derived from the basic Human rights terms: Genocide & Crimes against Humanity and the Psychological concepts of: Zerzetzen Psycho-Terror & Bullying/Mobbing. Mary Hamer define Humanocide simply: as 2 or more People in power who conspire to destroy a targeted person, either mentally &/or physically

14 December, 2011

Stories From Harlem
By Li Onesto

One of the things that keeps coming through in all these stories is how the police not only brutalize you, but they seem to make a sport of really trying to do everything they can to humiliate the people, especially the youth. And the people know it and deeply feel this

The Horribleness Of Enforced Disappearances
By Iqbal Alimohamed

It is time for governments everywhere to ponder the absolute necessity to end the phenomenon of Involuntary Disappearances through a global campaign. Cases must be brought before international Human Rights courts and bodies

21 November, 2011

14,231 Persons Died In police And Judicial Custody
In India From 2001 To 2010

By Suhas Chakma

"Torture in India 2011" states that a total of 14,231 persons i.e. more than four persons per day died in police and judicial custody in India from 2001 to 2010. This includes 1,504 deaths in police custody and 12,727 deaths in judicial custody from 2001-2002 to 2009-2010 as per the cases submitted to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

11 September, 2011

In Search Of A Realistic Approach Towards
The Human Rights Movement In India

By Dipankar Chakrabarti

Our lesson is to join the political movement for the achievement of the basic economic and social rights of the people keeping aloft the flag of human rights, not sacrtificing it, to the pedastal of any other force

02 November, 2010

We Are Not Pro-Anyone, We Rre Only
Pro-Burma : Ko Bo Kyi

By Akanksha Mehta and Ava Patricia Avila

An Interview with Burmese Activist and Former Political Prisoner- Ko Bo Kyi

31July, 2010

Is Justice K.G. Balakrishnan Holding
A Devil's Brief, Asks ALRC

By ALRC

Justice Balakrishnan owes an apology to the country. His statement condoning extrajudicial execution negates the premises of the constitution that he has sworn allegiance to protect and fulfil. Through the statement he has proved that his legal intellect is unfit of leading a national institution that is mandated to protect, promote and fulfil human rights

30 April, 2010

U.P. Tops In Encounter Killings
And Custodial Deaths

By S.R.Darapuri

This State has won the notoriety of killing the maximum number of suspects in police encounters for the last many years. As per the statistics available during 2006, out of a total of 122 encounters for whole of India, U.P. had the figure of 82. In 2007 out of a total of 95 for whole of India, U.P. had 50 % i.e. 48. In 2008 as against 103 for whole of India U.P. had reached a figure of 41 and in 2009, U.P. attained a figure of 83 which puts the state on the top in encounter killings

16 April, 2010

Daniel McGowan
By Robert Meeropol

Daniel McGowan is one of more than a dozen “green scare defendants” now serving time in Federal prison. During the 1990’s several groups of young, militant environmental and animal rights activists engaged in property destruction actions such as burning SUV’s or destroying a horse slaughterhouse. After the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, and more recently, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, federal prosecutors have been arresting those supposedly involved, treating them as domestic terrorists even though no people or animals were killed or even injured in any of their actions, and imposing long prison sentences upon them

03 April, 2010

China's Documentation Of US Human Rights Abuses
By Stephen Lendman

China's is accurate and revealing. It could have included more, but presents a disturbing account of the real America, not the fictional one portrayed daily on TV screens, films, major publication accounts, what's taught in schools or preached in houses of worship - a sanitized version of what growing millions experience daily and what Blacks, the poor, Muslims, Latino immigrants, and Native Americans have known all their lives as well as America's global victims

16 March, 2010

America's Secret Prisons
By Stephen Lendman

Besides Guantanamo, Afghanistan and Iraq, UN Human Rights Council said the CIA runs scores of offshore secret prisons in over 66 countries worldwide for dissidents and alleged terrorists - in Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Ethopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Thailand, Diego Garcia, and elsewhere

09 March, 2010

Human Rights Learning
By Shulamith Koenig

For all to know human rights as a way of life

06 March, 2010

In This Country Of Cant----10, 000 Dead
Do Not Count

By Trevor Selvam

Forget all the recent incidents in Dantewada of babies’ fingers being chopped off, mass rapes by the CRP and Salwa Judum, chopping off the breasts off 80 year old adivasi women, shooting up or arresting women who have dared to launch court cases against the police for the disappeared (Sodi Sambo). Teflon PCC! let us now talk about the over 10,000 Naxalites who were killed since 1967 to 1990. Was that violence or were those benign accidents? Is there some lawyer in India who will take up the case of the violence of the Indian State since 1967?

Holocaust Denial re Armenian Genocide And
Ongoing Palestinian, Iraqi And Afghan Genocides

By Dr Gideon Polya

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress House of Representatives has just voted 23 to 22 on Resolution 252 that recognizes the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide as a genocide. The 23-22 vote enables the measure to go to the full House of Representatives - if the House leadership decides to bring it up. Turkey subsequently withdrew its ambassador to the US and the Obama Administration attacked the vote, Secretary of State Clinton declaring : “The Obama administration strongly opposes the resolution that was passed by only one vote by the House committee and will work very hard to make sure it does not go to the House floor

03 March, 2010

Shaker Aamer: Guantanamo's Last British Detainee
By Robert Verkaik

He was supposed to return to Britain in 2007 – but Shaker Aamer is still being held inside Camp Delta. Who is this charismatic prisoner? And what happened to him at the hands of MI5?

Habeas Challenges For Bagram Prisoners
By William Fisher

Four men who have been imprisoned for over a year – some for almost two years – are going to U.S. federal court to challenge their detention at the notorious Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

02 March, 2010

African Americans Have Seven Times
Greater Chance Of Imprisonment

By Sherwood Ross

Many factors contribute to the incarceration today of more blacks than whites even though blacks make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. For example, of nearly 250,000 state inmates serving time for drug offenses in 2004, 113,000 (or 45%) were blacks compared to 66,000, (or 26%) whites and 52,000, (or 21%) Hispanics

28 February, 2010

The Monoculture Of ‘Human Rights’
By Satya Sagar

The standards of human rights should in fact be seen as being like the ethics of the medical profession. Just as no ethical doctor can refuse to treat a patient because of his own or his patient’s personal political beliefs so is the civil or human rights activist duty bound to oppose all rights violations irrespective of who its victims are or who commits them. This is the minimum standard that has to be established- defending the fundamental human rights of even your political opponents if necessary

27 February, 2010

Abuse Of Immigrant Workers In South Korea
By Ben McGrath

An Amnesty International report, entitled “Disposable labour: Rights of migrant workers in South Korea,” documents the abhorrent working conditions that immigrants face. The study, released last October, clearly establishes that while South Korea was one of the first Asian countries to formally recognise the rights of foreign migrant workers, its Employment Permit System (EPS) does nothing more than legitimise the brutal exploitation of cheap labour from poorer countries

25 February, 2010

Global Sweatshop Wage Slavery
By Stephen Lendman

In today's globalized economy, capital is highly mobile, free to go anywhere for the highest return by fleeing locales with high taxes, strict labor laws, or rigorous environmental protections yielding lower profits by raising costs, the main one being labor that's easy to get cheap in developing states eager to grow and needing to new businesses do it. The result is a race to the bottom

22 February, 2010

The Battle Of Ideas, Part 1;
Private Property vs. The Commons

By Tom Stephens

The vicious circle of private property destroying human rights and the commons is becoming clearer all the time, as their system collapses and fails to deliver

16 February, 2010

Meet Maryam Ruhullah: A Victim Of MK-ULTRA
By Stephen Lendman

MK-ULTRA was the code name for a secret CIA mind control program, begun in 1953, under Director Allen Dulles. Maryam Ruhullah explains the torture she experienced as a victim of MK-ULTRA experimentation

28 January, 2010

There Is No Constitution In Chhattisgarh Anymore
By Harsh Dobhal

Anybody can be picked up, branded as Maoist and jailed, beaten up, smashed, charged with dubious cases, ordinary people are killed, tribal women get raped and assaulted, no peaceful protests are allowed, journalists, academics and filmmakers are followed, terrorised and not allowed to go inside villages, a general reign of fear stalks this poverty-stricken landscape

27 January, 2010

The Constitution Of India As A Tool Of Resistance
By Bobby Kunhu

It has become important to read the history of the Constitution of India as being rooted in the Poona Pact, re-appropriate the Constitution of India as a document representing the aspirations of marginalized communities, be it Dalits, Adivasis, religious or sexuality minorities, women or whomsoever and use it as a tool of resistance against subversions by State and non- State actors!

11 January, 2010

The Horror State Of Chhattisgarh
By Nandini Sundar

Ujjwal Kumar Singh, Professor of Political Science, Delhi University and Nandini Sundar have just returned (January 1st) from a visit to the police state of Chhattisgarh. A firsthand account from the belly of the beast

The Jan Sunwai That Never Was :
Listen To The Voices From Chhattisgarh!

By Peoples Union for Democratic Rights

In Dantewada a team of around 30 activists from NAPM and other organizations, Medha Patkar and Sandeep Pandey among them, were heckled, pelted with eggs and sewage and attacked by a large gang of tribal youth, accusing them of being Maoist sympathizers on Saturday

India's Inhuman Gunmen
By Gladson Dungdung

When the people of the entire world were greeting to each other, bursting crackers and enjoying delicious food on the occasion of the new year 2010, the police of Chhatarpur, Town and Sadar police stations of Palamu district, (which is the most Maoist infested area according to the government and the media reports) in Jharkhand, were engaged in humiliating, torturing and beating to death Rajendra Yadav of Telaria village (Chhatarpur) alleging him as a Naxalite

19 December, 2009

Plight Of The Stranded Pakistanis In Bangladesh
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

December 16 marks the 38th anniversary of the breakup of Pakistan when the Eastern wing of the country emerged as Bangladesh after an India-backed secessionist movement. The occasion calls for highlighting the plight of about 250,000 so-called Biharis or stranded Pakistanis still languishing in unsanitary camps in Bangladesh

Kevin Cooper - Victimized By American Injustice
By Stephen Lendman

On November 30, the US Supreme Court denied Kevin Cooper justice by not reviewing his wrongful murder conviction despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. Cooper is Black and was framed for a multiple homicide he never committed. He's imprisoned on death row at San Quentin State Prison, Marin County, CA, a victim of American injustice

17 December, 2009

Targeting Lawyers: The Case Of Paul Bergrin
By Stephen Lendman

"My life is in crisis and I don't know where to turn....I really attempted to treat these soldiers and defend them like they were my own children." For that and threatening the powerful, Bergrin faces a possible life sentence if convicted in his 2010 trial. Until then, he's imprisoned without bail under a system rewarding high crimes while targeting lawyers who try to expose them

16 December, 2009

Justice For Mumia Abu-Jamal
By Mary Shaw

Rights groups call for Justice Department probe into Mumia Abu-Jamal case

Alban Toppo Describes His Illegal Detention
By Alban Toppo

Note from Alban Toppo, Advocate, Human Rights Law Network

13 December, 2009

The Curious Case Of Vikram Buddhi
By Dr. Shah Alam Khan

On December 11, 2009 Vikram Buddhi was handed a four years nine months prison sentence. So much for posting hate messages against the then President George W Bush and his team of gangsters. I suppose if this was his crime, then at least half the world’s population would be behind bars! We all know how popular the butcher of Baghdad was

08 December, 2009

Apology To The Native American Indians
By Dr. Mary Hamer, M.D

This essay is an Apology to the Native American Indians for 500+ years of domination, oppression & genocide by invading, occupying & colonizing people & governments – for a time span extending from Columbus’ discovery of America in 1492 up until the present day

06 December, 2009

Democracy Encountered:Rights Violations
In Manipur

By Fact Finding Team

Independent citizen's fact finding report to the nation

25 November, 2009

Everyone Should Be Aware Of Their
Inalienable Human Rights

By Shulamith Koenig

Allow me humbly to ask you to walk with me into this discourse about human rights as a way of life, slowly and thoughtfully. Let us bring a new expansive meaning to this overarching holistic vision and practical mission through learning and dialogue

11 November, 2009

Lynne Stewart: Heroic Human Rights Lawyer Jailed
By Stephen Lendman

The situation remains fluid, dire, and complicated by Stewart's battle with breast cancer. She has surgery scheduled for December 7, unlikely now, but if done in prison or where authorities direct, it won't be the quality she deserves

10 October, 2009

Remembering Balagopal:
A Fearless People’s Advocate

By Mahtab Alam

Prof. K. Balagopal, who was at the forefront of the human, civil and democratic rights’ movements throughout the country especially Andhra Pradesh for over a quarter of a century left this world on 8th October late night following a heart attack. He was selfless intellectual, tireless human rights’ defender, fearless People’s advocate and a great human being

09 October, 2009

Why Human Rights Groups Targeted?
By Gladson Dungdung

The Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram even threatened to the Human Rights Groups by saying that the Human Rights Groups have to choose, which side they are. He also questioned, "Why are human rights groups silent now when Naxals attack innocents?" However, he said, “Human rights groups need to speak more strongly against the Naxals.”

23 September, 2009

Whether Human Rights Of Prisoners
Stand Suspended?

By Subhash Gatade

The letter sent by an undertrial Mukesh Kumar, as present lodged in Karnal Jail (Haryana) through his counsel to the Chief Justice of India makes depressing reading. The letter talks about the manner in which he was brutalised by the Jail staff for disobeying their orders. It is learnt that the Jail wardens compelled him to clean the toilets calling him names and 'reminding' him of his 'caste profession'. His refusal to continue the dehumanising work led to his public thrashing and tonsuring/shaving of his head and moustache

14 September, 2009

Encounters Are Murders
By Bernard D'Mello

The title of the Tarkunde report, Encounters Are Murders, needs reiteration in the present ambience of "cultivated ignorance" in the sphere of "governance" that brushes off extra-judicial killings as mere aberrations. That encounters are murders also needs restating in the context of the pathological, persistent mendacity in public life in India and the absurd claim of po-mos that each "narrative" is as true as the other

Honour Killings In Haryana
By Kavita Krishnan

Mahendra Singh Tikait’s outrageous and offensive remarks once again raise the question: why do the khaap panchayats of Haryana and Western UP which open issue ‘death sentences’ for couples who defy their caste-diktats on love and marriage, enjoy impunity?

18 August, 2009

Indian Police: Broken System
By S.R Darapuri

The recently published Human Rights Watch report documents a range of human rights violations committed by police, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and extrajudicial killings. It documents the failings of state police forces that operate outside the law, lack sufficient ethical and professional standards, are overstretched and outmatched by criminal elements, and unable to cope with increasing demands and public expectations

04 August, 2009

Adivasis’ Atruggle Against Displacement
In Jharkhand

By Gladson Dungdung

Jharkhand is witness of unending struggle for mineral resources as the state contains 40 percent of India’s precious minerals like Uranium, Mica, Bauxite, Granite, Gold, Silver, Graphite, Magnetite, Dolomite, Fireclay, Quartz, Fieldspar, Coal, Iron and Copper. 102 MoUs have been signed for establishing steel factories, power plants and mining industries with the estimated investment of Rs 4,67,240 crore, which require approximately 200,000 acres of land, which directly means the displacement of approximately 1 million people

03 August, 2009

Your House, My House: Batla House
By Amit Sengupta

The eminent members of the NHRC should have visited the dingy bylanes of Batla House and Jamia Nagar next to the Jamia Millia University in Delhi soon after the encounter: the white fear of the Special Cell of the Delhi Police was as visible as colour white, as cold and as cutting as ice, you could slash it with a knife and find its cold edges inside the skin and eyes. So intense was the fear

23 July, 2009

Citizens Statement On The NHRC Clean Chit
To Special Cell On Batla House

By Concerned Citzens

Statement on the NHRC report on the alleged encounter at Batla house

17 July, 2009

Unratified India And Tortured People
By NM Salih

In the wake June 26, which marked the International Day against torture, the Asian Centre for Human Rights released a report named ‘Torture in India 2009’, compiling the true facts of ill-treated human rights in India. This report has zeroed in on custodial tortures especially by the police, armed forces and armed opposition groups etc. It reveals several accounts of atrocities by the so called law enforcement officers from all over India. The panoptic narrative of deaths in the police custody with detailed state wise account of such incidents rules the roost in this report

09 July, 2009

A Tale Of Two Encounters:
Dehradun And Batla House

By Manish Sethi & Adeel Mehdi

Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group reiterates its demand for a judicial probe into the Batla House incident, and the application of the same standards of justice for Atif and Sajid as those applied in the unfortunate and tragic case of Ranbir Singh

Child Labour-A Hindrance In Development
By Divya Bhargava

Child Labour is not only a hindrance in child's development but also a hindrance in nation's development. Children are universally recognized as the most important asset of any nation and child Labour, in the recent past, has evoked a great concern among all. Children have been the main focus of attention especially after proclaiming the year 1979 as the International Year of the Child by the United Nation's General Assembly

15 June, 2009

New UN Report Denounces America's
Human Rights Record

By Stephen Lendman

On May 26, the UN Human Rights Council issued a report titled "Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Including the Right to Development - Report of the Special Rapporteur (Philip Alston) on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions." Alston was damning in his criticism regarding "three areas in which significant improvement is necessary if the US Government is to match its actions to its stated commitment to human rights and the rule of law:"

03 June, 2009

Democratic Space- What Is That?
By Dr. Shah Alam Khan

As if the Chhattisgarh government was not good enough to rain destruction on a soul like Dr Binayak Sen, we now have the Madhya Pradesh government arrest Mrs. Shamim Modi, a social activist and a law graduate working among the tribals in Betul district of the state. Geographically they seem to be different states with different issues; the fact that they are ruled by the same party is uncanny. What is even more interesting is the fact that both Dr Sen and Mrs Modi were involved in raising issues of the local people; their health, their employment and very importantly their environment

30 May, 2009

Draconian Laws, Delete Them
By Dr. Mookhi Amir Ali

If the legal fraternity and the Delhi High Court Bar Association can stop this amendment to Section 41 of the Criminal Procedure Act from being notified why can they not protest against the anti-people draconian laws being enacted or being misused? Why can we not revise our books to get rid of laws which violate human rights and right to liberty?

25 May, 2009

Binayak Sen Released On Bail
By Bobby Ramakant

Bail was granted to the paediatrician Dr Binayak Sen who was jailed in Raipur prison since more than two years now, on alleged false charges of abetting maoist activities in Chattisgarh, sedition and waging war against the state

04 May, 2009

A Moralistic Doublespeak Of Man Mohan Singh
By Anand Teltumbde

Binayak Sen’s case ought to nibble at our national conscience for long time to come!

29 April, 2009

Binayak Sen: Prisoner of Conscience
By Anand Patwardhan

May 14 this year will mark an ignominious date for Indian democracy the start of the third straight year of Binayak Sen’s incarceration in a Chhattisgarh jail. I wonder if there are words left to describe this travesty. What is left to say that has not been said?

23 April, 2009

Dr. Binayak Sen Is In Danger
By Ilina Sen

lina Sen’s SOS Message on Conspiracy by Chhattisgarh Administration

22 April, 2009

Lies And Torture - When Policies
And Words Diverge

By Emily Spence

If American government leaders cannot uphold the law and universally apply it across the board, then all of the underlying principles of our nation's founding fathers, our justice system, itself, and the ethical underpinnings that make our country truly great are without value. They are merely empty platitudes and nothing more

21 April, 2009

Roxana Saberi And Vikram Buddhi –
Compel A Comparison

By Dr. Buddhi Kotasubbarao

A comparison of the case of 31 year old Iranian-American journalist Ms. Roxana Saberi sentenced by Iranian Court and the case of 37 year old Indian Graduate Student of Purdue University Mr. Vikram Buddhi awaiting sentencing after a helpless jury found him guilty in US District Court, has much to show the entrenched preferences of the United States of America

05 April, 2009

Towards The Second Year Of Mockery
By Jhuma Sen

A month to go and India will again show that the cost of dissent a peaceful man pays in this country is a detention for two years on fictitious grounds. Binayak Sen is held in prison inspite of international pressure for his release

02 April, 2009

Bring On The Misery!
By Charukesi Ramadurai

Article on a recent photoessay that was published in the Washington Post documenting the procedure of female genital mutilation of a 7 year old in Kurdish Iraq - the article questions the photographer's (and publication's) insensitivity to the victim by revealing her name and face in the essay

25 March, 2009

Human Rights Evicted
By Jhuma Sen

A Review of the UDHR: From in‘adequate' Housing to Forced Evictions and the Myth of Adequate Housing in India

18 March, 2009

Treatment Of Imprisoned Muslims At Terre Haute's
Communications Management Unit (CMU)

By Stephen Lendman

In February 2007, it was learned that Washington had a secret new facility for so-called "high-security risk" Muslim and Middle Eastern prisoners in violation of federal law that prohibits severely limiting or cutting them off entirely from other inmates as well as outside contacts and communications. Segregating prisoners by race, national origin, or language violates the Supreme Court's February 2005 decision in Johnson v. California that affirmed 14th Amendment protection against racial discrimination. Specifically, the Court

07 March, 2009

Exposing Human Rights Violations In Pakistan
By Q. Isa Daudpota

Brave women such as Mukhtar Mai and Minallah backed by women’s organizations such as Women’s Action Forum, work to highlight and undue the prejudices and help outdated and diabolical customs. PPP women such as Sherry Rahman, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Shazia Marri, Sassui Palejo, Farzana Raja and, ace-researcher on Karo Kari, Nafisa Shah must speak out in the public forums against guilty fellow legislators and ministers. They have seriously violated the human rights and particularly that of women. To date, however, their silence is deafening

06 March, 2009

Modern Slavery In America
By Stephen Lendman

Called human trafficking or forced labor, modern slavery thrives in America, largely below the radar

11 February, 2009

Children Of A Lesser God?
Abandoned And Stricken Too!

By Anjali Singh

In the first ever incident of its kind the state of Uttar Pradesh is struggling with its growing disabled population. As grim as that sounds the fact remains that a single seven year old blind and deaf destitute child has become a huge challenge for not only the government of UP but its citizen's at large as well

31 Janurary, 2009

Manichean Echoes: Terrorists As Sub-Human
By Binu Karunakaran

The opinion expressed recently by one of the senior judges in the Supreme Court of India, shows that the judiciary too has started to feel the pressure imposed by politicians who feed the rhetoric on terror as a means to garner votes and a society that feels terrorised in the absence of security. Such thoughts render the concept of fair trial invalid. The fact that such a statement came from top echelons of our judiciary means that list of worries of India's civil society is a growing list

02 Janurary, 2009

India Sleepwalks To Total Surveillance
By Binu Karunakaran

The Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2006 passed by the Indian Parliament recently allows the government to intercept messages from mobile phones, computers and other communication devices to investigate any offence. Not just cognizable offence, the kind you witnessed in Mumbai 26/11, but any offence. Any email you send, any message you text are now open to the prying eyes of the government. So are the contents of your computer you surfed in the privacy of your home

20 December, 2008

India's New Terror Law Shows Old Genes
By Binu Karunakaran

The 2008 amendments made to UAPA show that several POTA genes have been transplanted. Clauses added to section 43 of the Principal act now blatantly asks the courts 'to presume, unless the contrary is shown, that the accused has committed such offence' if evidence suggesting the involvement of the accused has been found at the site

Our Politicians Are Still Not Listening
By Colin Gonsalves

In a knee-jerk reaction to the Mumbai terror attacks, Government of India proposes to enact The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2008. Under section 15, the prosecution is to be granted upto 180 days to file a chargesheet (it is a 90 day limit today after which the accused is granted bail mandatorily), the provisions for bail are stricter, and if arms or explosives are proved to be recovered from the accused, then the court is entitled to presume that the accused has committed a terrorist act

India's New Anti-Terror Laws Draconian
Say Activists

By Praful Bidwai

Following the late November terror attacks in Mumbai, India has passed two tough laws being seen by rights activists as potentially eroding the country’s federal structure and limiting fundamental liberties

Amnesty International Criticises
India's New Terror Laws

By Amnesty International

India's New Anti-terror Laws Would Violate International Human Rights Standards

01 December, 2008

Hospitals or Hell?
By V. Sasi Kumar & Sundar Ramanathaiyer

Mental hospitals in India are very much like hell. No one
seems to be bothered about what happens there. People, even journalists, are not allowed to visit the wards. Very little news comes out of their prison-like campuses. Once in a while we even hear reports of rape and sodomy. Becoming a mental patient is often worse than death

28 November, 2008

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Situation
Deteriorating In The East

By Human Rights Watch

Many abuses in the Eastern Province appear to have been carried out by armed elements of the Tamil Makkal Vidulthalai Pulikal (TMVP). The TMVP was originally the political wing of the armed faction earlier known as the Karuna group. It enjoys the strong backing of the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse

03 November, 2008

Humanrights Defenders
As Petty Swindlers: It's All Maya!

By Subhash Gatade

It has been more than one and half year that 'Dalit ke Beti' Maya rode to power in the state promising end to 'goondaism' of the earlier regime. Little could people have the premonition that under the new dispensation the police itself would become another 'synonym for terror'

30 October, 2008

Repression Escalates: Reporter Pedro Matías
Kidnapped And Tortured In Oaxaca

By Scott Campbell

Pedro Matías, a well-known reporter who writes for Noticias, a local daily paper, as well as the national weekly Proceso, was kidnapped, beaten, tortured and robbed on Saturday night in Oaxaca

29 October, 2008

Targeting Dissent: The San Francisco Eight
By Stephen Lendman

Support the San Francisco Eight. Demand their exoneration and release. Their struggle is ours

26 October, 2008

Can Georgia Do Right?
By David Morse

Is the legal system of the state of Georgia up to the task – when the task is to rectify the flawed trial of a black man accused of killing a white police officer? The world is waiting to see if justice can prevail. Fortunately, on Friday, October 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Georgia’s 11th Circuit issued a stay of execution that narrowly prevented accused cop killer Troy Davis from being put to death by lethal injection the following Monday

24 October, 2008

Seyed Mousavi: Guilty Of Being Muslim
In Police State America

By Stephen Lendman

In a climate of fear, Muslims risk harassment, prosecution and incarceration. Especially prominent ones like Mousavi. His defense will appeal and seek exoneration at the appellate court level. For now, he's incarcerated and subjected to dehumanizing treatment. For being Muslim in America at the wrong time. Only his inner strength sustains him. And the love and admiration of his family, friends and supporters. In today's disturbing climate, we're all Seyed Mousavis

20 October, 2008

Case Of Shahbaz Ahmed Arrested In connection
With Serial Bomb Blasts In Jaipur

By PUCL-PUHR

A PUCL-PUHR fact finding report on accused in Serial Bomb Blasts In Jaipur

08 October, 2008

Justice For Yemini Sheik
By Stephen Lendman

This time is different for Yemini Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad and his assistant Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed. On October 2, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed their unjustifiable convictions. More on that below

22 September, 2008

US Backed Arroyo Regime Terrorizes
Media And Artists In The Philippines

By E. San Juan Jr.

Patronized by the war-mongering Bush administration, the corrupt militarist Arroyo regime in the Philippines continues its systematic repression of journalists, writers and media personnel to preserve its brutal oppression of millions of workers, peasants, women, and professionals

19 September, 2008

India's Terror Laws: Fighting Terror
The Terrorist Way

By Badri Raina

And those questions are not being asked just by India's Muslims; they are also being asked by India's Christians, Dalits, women, forest-dwelling tribals, disenfranchised oustees, landless farm labour, ethnic minorities. They are in the eyes of the hundreds of thousands of children who suffer malnutrition, abuse, denial of education, and whose lives expire prematurely from labour and disease. They are being asked, in short, by some 77% Indians who spend less than fifty cents a day

09 September, 2008

An Encounter With The Terror Police
By Sandeep Pandey

An eyewitness account of what happened when the police came to search the house of a terror suspect in Lucknow, and the high handed action that followed

29 August, 2008

Warriors Against The State
By Harsh Mander

It is alleged by the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh that Lateef Mohammed Khan is what the local police like to describe as a “jehadi” terrorist. Ajay T.G. is accused by the BJP government of Chhatisgarh of abetting Maoist Naxalite insurgency. There is much that these two men share in common. They both come from relatively modest backgrounds. Unsung and relatively unknown, in quiet ways they have effectively strived fearlessly and with passion to find ways to work for what they believe to be justice, using the law of the land and constructive social resistance

26 August, 2008

Dr Binayak Sen, My Brother, Our Hero
By Dipankar Sen

Twenty two Nobel Laureates pleaded for him in an appeal to the Prime Minister of India. He was given the highest American medical award, honours by medical colleges and doctors in recognition of his protracted work for the poor in remote interiors. And yet, he is condemned in jail on fabricated charges by the BJP government in Chhattisgarh. Dr Binayak Sen's younger brother arrives from Belgium to seek justice for his Dada, and discovers a saga of pain and injustice

07 August, 2008

Australian Federal Intervention In
Indigenous Communities In The Northern Territory

By Chris Wilson

My time over the last six weeks has enabled me to see some of the effects of the Intervention and while I have to agree that there are some positive effects, there are huge problems and structural issues that have been completely ignored and many others that have been created as a result

04 August, 2008

Why Is Habeas Corpus Such A Threat
To Those In Power?

By Maher Osseiran

Why is the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold habeas corpus rights for the Guantanamo detainees so scary that Senator Lindsey Graham, with the support of McCain, will “explore the possibility, if necessary, of a constitutional amendment to blunt the effect of this decision”? What is so fundamentally wrong with the Supreme Court’s decision, whose members are conservative or Bush appointees, to warrant amending our constitution? Have Senators Graham and McCain lost their minds?

18 June, 2008

Standing With The Poor Is A Crime
By Gladson Dungdung

Binayak Sen, Prof. Jean Dreze and Kirity Roy are paying the price for their passion, courage and extraordinary work for the poor

09 May, 2008

When Lawyers Masquerade As Judges
By Subhash Gatade

Ismail Jalagir, a senior counsel from Hubli (Karnataka) and Mohammad Shoaib, a senior advocate from Lucknow (U.P.) might not have heard about each other. But even their strongest critics would admit that they are made of the same mettle.If there are rewards meant for lawyers who are ready to go the extra mile to defend rigths granted to citizens under the constitution then both these worthy citizens of the country would be the first on the list

30 April, 2008

Governing Human Rights Violation
And Dr. Binayak Sen

By Arpita Banerjee

The unethical detention of Dr. Binayak Sen is one of the many glaring examples of state repression. On May 14th 2008, it will be one year since Dr. Sen was arrested under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and the Crimes Against the State Chapter of the Indian Penal Code. The Supreme Court of India has denied the bail petition, ironically on the International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2007

18 April, 2008

Updating Sami Al-Arian - His Ordeal Continues
By Stephen Lendman

The Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice supports Al-Arian proudly, it's backed him from the start, and it urges everyone of conscience to contact their elected officials, DOJ and DHS to demand that justice delayed him no longer be denied. His imprisonment term ended April 11, yet he remains confined. His plea bargain stipulated that his long ordeal end and that he be deported expeditiously

India: Rot In The prisons
By Colin Gonsalves

Applying even the most retrogressive standards, Indian prisoners are the pits — a level of perversity matched only by our pious, moralistic and sanctimonious preachings abroad. In the land of Gandhiji and non-violence, prisons remain depraved and brutish. Internally the prisoners rot

Who Would Wipe Professor Sanaullah Radoo's Tears?
By Subhash Gatade

Perhaps it is high time that the honourable Prime Minister is told that 'Dr Haneef' is not just the name of doctor who was wrongly apprehended in Australia rather it is another name for a phenomenon which is quite rampant in this part of the earth. And the case of Pervez Ahmad Radoo is one such important case which demands his immediate intervention. Such a move only can bring back the smile on Professor Sanaullah's face !

15 April, 2008

Tibet Exposes Genocidal
Australian Human Rights Abuses

By Dr Gideon Polya

Australia and other Western nations have been properly chiding China for human rights abuses in Tibet. However Australia has an appalling human rights record as assessed by the horrendous avoidable deaths of its domestic and overseas Indigenous subjects. Indeed White Australia’s appalling and genocidal human rights record has prompted formal complaint to the ICC over Australia’s involvement in ongoing Aboriginal, Iraqi, Afghan and Climate Genocides

29 March, 2008

Armed Together Against Civil Liberties
And Human Rights

By Wali Laskar

Although there is no indigenous Armed Opposition Group operating in Barak Valley, the southern part of the North Eastern state of Assam in India comprising of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts with a population of about four million, has been notified as 'disturbed area' under the infamous Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, 1958

26 March, 2008

Sami Al-Arian's Long Ordeal
By Stephen Lendman

Sami Al-Arian is a political prisoner in Police State America. This article reviews his case briefly and updates it to the present

25 March, 2008

UN Scolds Washington For War On Migrants
By Cyril Mychalejko

The United Nations released a report this month scolding the United States for disregarding international law and violating the human rights of migrants

19 March, 2008

Human Rights Situation In Barak Valley In Assam
By Waliullah Ahmed Laskar

Some recent grave cases of violation of human rights perpetrated in the valley, which are documented by BHRPC, would drive home the points made above. So some of them are given below as samples

Uprooted, Abandoned
By Gladson Dungdung

Everything has changed in the last 60 years of independence in India but the unending pain of "displacement" has become as part and partial of the life of 50 years old Satish Kishku of Takkipur village, situated near Canada Dam widely known as Mayurakshi Dam of Dumka district in Jharkhand

04 March, 2008

Two African American Students Under Suspension
Over Chewing Gum!

By Kendra Perry

A teacher overheard Marcus speaking with another student, Stacy Guess (also a Black student), and him mentioning that he made money selling candy and that teacher notified the Principal, resulting in both students’ suspension. Neither of the two students was caught selling anything on school grounds, nor were they found to be in possession of any candy or gum. Because of the implication of said action, the school felt it was necessary in suspending both children for 5 days off hearsay and speculation, and not the result of a particular action or inaction

27 February, 2008

To Hang Or Not To Hang?
By Bal Patil

In India death penalty is awarded in the rarest of the rare cases. As a protagonish of the abolition of capital punishment I would like to reproduce my comments in my article “To Hang or Not To Hang” published in The Illustrated Weekly of India, dated. 18.02.1979 which I venture to think are still relevant originally published about three decades back because judicial perspective or the lack of it has not changed over the course of three decades

21 February, 2008

Juno: Fact And Fiction
By Mirah Riben

The comedic fictional movie Juno has garnered praise, awards and nominations. It also created uproar among those of us for whom adoption is not a comedy, but our life

19 February, 2008

Australian Aboriginal Genocide Continues
Despite Historic Apology

By Dr Gideon Polya

PM Rudd’s speech and Apology was largely confined to the Stolen Generations – indeed the word “Aboriginal Genocide” was NOT used even though what happened to the Indigenous Australians has been recognized as an Aboriginal Genocide

An Invisible Refuge
By Vinod K. Jose

Military excesses in Myanmar are forcing thousands of ethnic Chins to flee to Mizoram, but India won't accept them

12 February, 2008

How Neo-Liberalism Has Created
The World's Immigration Crisis

By Jerry D. Rose

We like to think, of course, that we are more "enlightened" than the religious fanatics who carried out the Salem witch trials. That remains to be seen, as he have yet to see whether an "enlightened" path can be found from witch-persecution to the recognition of the common humanity of the earth's peoples

15 January, 2008

Afghan Prison Looks Like Another Guantanamo
By William Fisher

It is a prison located on the U.S. military base at base in the ancient city of Bagram near Charikar in Parvan, Afghanistan. The detention centre was set up by the U.S. military as a temporary screening site after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan overthrew the Taliban. It currently houses some 630 prisoners -- close to three times as many as are still held at Guantanamo

14 January, 2008

Face To Face With Munir Malik
By Baber Ayaz

We are publishing an interview with Munir Malik, the former president of the Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association who was imprisoned and given drugs under the pretext of painkillers which caused him renal failure and liver damage, but who continues to be an inspiration for the movement for the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Pakistan

03 January, 2008

Advertisements Need To Respect Human Rights
By Anil Gulati

A TV advertisement concerning Happydent teeth whitening gum represented the worst case of human rights violation; the advertisement is still being run. May be it is a call to act

Right To Education At Crossroads In Jharkhand
By Gladson Dungdung

More than 4 lakh children are still engaged as child labourers in the state

 

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