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This is a platform for activists to publish their announcements. Send in your press releases to editor@countercurrents.org with the word "Press Release" in the subject line.

07 October, 2012

ViBGYOR Film Festival-2013: Call for Entries
By ViBGYOR Team

A call to submit films for the 8th Edition of ViBGYOR International Film Festival for Short & Documentary films, to be held in Thrissur, Kerala, India from February 7-12, 2013

05 October, 2012

International Conference for Justice And Peace in Palestine
Mumbai-India, November 17 th 2012

This conference is part of the larger struggle against Zionism & Imperialism that are now an increasing threat to our national sovereignty & world peace. This conference holds the promise & potential of building a nation-wide network. Delegates & friends from many Asian & Western nations have confirmed their presence

25 August , 2012

Remembering Babulal Biswakarmakar

A rally will be organised at Hochaimallik Jot, Naxalbari on 8th September at 2 P.M. to commemmorate the memory of Babulal Biswakarmakar

08 May , 2012

PRIA International Academy of Lifelong Learning Offers
Appreciation Courses

Admissions are now open for PRIA's ten week Appreciation Courses (Start Date: 4 th June 2012)

27 March , 2012

Call For Participation In Welcome to Palestine Campaign April 15th-21st, 2012

Join Land Day events around the world including the global march to Jerusalem (March 30th), and then join us (or at least help) in the Welcome to Palestine Campaign

25 March , 2012

Message From Palestine

Media and other volunteers needed in Palestine

14 February, 2012

Admissions Open For PRIA's Courses In Local Self Governance And Others
Press Release

Admissions are now open for PRIA's six months Certificate Courses (April – September 2012)

08 January, 2012

Global March To Jerusalem: 30th March, 2012
By Feroze Mithiborwala & Sandeep Pandey

National Meeting At the Gandhi Peace Foundation , Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi 20th of January, 5.00 to 8.30pm

15 December, 2011

Jiten Marandi And Three Others Acquitted
By PUDR

Jharkhand High Court has acquitted Jiten Marandi and three other adivasi poor peasants, earlier convicted and given the death sentence by District and Sessions Court, Giridih in Chilkari Firing of October 26, 2007 in the Girdih District, in which 19 persons were killed and many injured

14 December, 2011

‘Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns’ Condemn
The Attack On Journalist Shahina Nafeesa

On Friday the 9th of December, Shahina Nafeesa a senior journalist presently working with OPEN magazine, formerly with TEHELKA, was attacked by the communal hooligans owing allegiance to the Sangh Parivar. This incident occurred when Shahina was travelling back from Madikeri, where she was summoned by the local magistrate in connection with the Madani's case

Moga Convention Against Attack On Democratic Rights
By DFAOGH Punjab

The Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt, Punjab held a well-attended convention at Moga on the International Human Rights Day i.e. 10th December

22 June , 2011

Give Bashar al-Assad A Chance
By Chandra Muzaffar

President Bashar al-Assad should be given the chance to implement the reforms that he has promised

25 May , 2011

The Mission Of The Spirit Of Rachel Corrie
By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) is glad that The Spirit of Rachel Corrie has been allowed to dock at El Arish port in Egypt. It took the Egyptian authorities 8 days to make that decision. This is a matter of great regret

10 May , 2011

Anglo-American Troops And intelligence Agents –Out of South Asia!
By Communist Ghadar Party of India

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India

25 April, 2011

Greenpeace inaugurates photo exhibition to mark
25 th anniversary of Chernobyl

Greenpeace today launched “A Photography Exhibition on the Human Cost of Nuclear Accidents” by renowned photographer Robert Knoth to mark the 25 th Anniversary Chernobyl nuclear disaster that took place on the morning of 26 th April, 1986

Protest In Bangalore On Chernobyl Day

April 26, 2011 . 5 pm. Venue: Town Hall

24 April, 2011

Punish CPIM Leader Anil Basu for Sexist Abuse Against Women
By All India Progressive Women's Association

While campaigning for the ongoing West Bengal Assembly elections at Hooghly district’s Arambagh sub-division, Anil Basu, 7-time CPI(M) MP from Arambagh Constituency in Hooghly district on Friday attacked Mamata Banerjee with crude sexist abuse. In presence of senior party officials and a massive crowd, he compared Mamata Banerjee to the sex workers of Sonagachi

14 December, 2010

Arrest Of Noor Mohammed Bhatt,
Another Instance Of State’s Intolerance

By Peoples Union for Democratic Rights

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights expresses its concern at the arrest of Noor Mohammed Bhatt, lecturer of English at Gandhi Memorial College, by the J&K police on 9 December 2010 under S 13 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and S 153 of RPC for setting an examination question paper considered as being ‘anti-national’ and ‘anti-establishment’. Facts of the case once again bring out that whatever be the public claims about J&K being an ‘integral’ part of India, the real situation suggests otherwise

13 December, 2010

Environment Minister’s Cancun ‘U’ turn Condemned
By ToxicsWatch Alliance

Condemning the apparent shift and U turn in the statement of Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India at Cancun, Mexcio in the 16th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a public meeting the Constitution Club, New Delhi rejected false solutions like carbon trade for the climate crisis

11 December, 2010

Youth In Bangalore Undertake Hunger Fast In Solidarity With Sharmila

Hundreds of youth in Bangalore expressed support by undertaking a one day hunger fast, in support of the cause of Irom Sharmila. Poet Irom Sharmila has been fasting for more than 10 years, protesting against the abuse of power of the Indian Army. Her main demand is to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA)

06 December, 2010

Uphold Freedom Of Expression, Condemn Communal Fascist Designs

33 organizations released a press statement expressing their strong concern on the charges framed by Karnataka police against journalist Shahina KK for her investigative report on Bangalore bomb blast case. Her recent article which showed that witnesses in the Bangalore blast case were fragile, false and forced has led her to be implicated under charges of IPC 506 which can lead to seven years of imprisonment

03 December, 2010

The Korean Crisis: A Call For The Establishment Of An Independent Panel
By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

Both North and South Korea should be persuaded to agree to the establishment of an independent panel to investigate the exchange of fire on Yeonpyeong Island on 23 November 2010 which ignited the present crisis

Journalists Call For End To Tehelka Journalist's
Harassment By Karnataka Police

The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) and the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) held an impressive hour long rally outside Jantar Mantar yesterday, December 2., to condemn facets of press bashing in Karnataka and harassment of Ms. K.K. Shahina, a reporter of Tehelka magazine based in Thiruvananthapuram facing intimidation from Karnataka police

15 November, 2010

Justifying The Murder Of Hem Chandra Pandey
By PUDR

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) considers the raid and alleged recovery of “banned literature” and correspondence from Babita Pandey’s rented accommodation in New Delhi by the Andhra Pradesh State Intelligence Bureau (APSIB) to be an attempt at justifying the cold blooded killing of her husband Hem Chandra Pandey and Cherukuri Rajkumar @ Azad. By showing him to be member of a banned organization, the APSIB and its political bosses want to suggest that Hem Chandra Pandey’s alleged membership of a banned organisation somehow justifies his execution

Suu Kyi’s Freedom And The Liberation Of Myanmar
By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

Let Suu Kyi’s freedom this time pave the way for the eventual liberation of the people of Myanmar

11 November, 2010

Iraq: Murder In A Cathedral

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) condemns the massacre of 44 Christian worshippers and two priests at the Sayidat al-Nejat cathedral in Baghdad on the 31st of October 2010

Global Investor's Meet And Land Banks

Karnataka governments creation of "land banks" under KIADB or other government organization also violates environmental norms, besides amounting to the State making a profit at the cost of farmers if it buys cheap and sells high, or the industry making a profit if government gives it land at throw-away price or on cheap long-term lease. There are several examples of such cases. NAPM (Karnataka) demands that land banks be foreclosed and this anti-people practice be immediately abandoned in the public interest

04 November, 2010

PFUJ Condemns Arrest Of A Journalist Under 16 MPO

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ) has condemned the re-arrest and detention of senior Journalist Ghulam Rasool of Bahwalpur and demanded his immediate release

Amicable Solution For Ayodhya Conflict
By Muslim Citizens Group of Lucknow

We the Muslim citizens of Lucknow appeal to all concerned to focus on the more pressing issues affecting the community like literacy and poverty and agree for the amicable solution suggested by the Hon. Judges for Ayodhya Issue. All Indians, irrespective of their creed, should bear in mind that along their religion, integrity of the country and harmony in the society is essential for peaceful and respectable life

02 November, 2010

Demand To Uphold Free Speech And Expression

If Arundhati Roy or Syed Ali Shah Geelani (or any other speaker from that seminar) is to be arrested for what they have said, then by the same logic a number of us would have to be imprisoned not to mention the entire population of Kashmir

Hague Must Visit Gaza And Push Israel To End The Siege
By Palestine Solidarity Campaign

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is calling on William Hague to use his visit to Israel this week to push for an immediate end to Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza. David Cameron has called Gaza ‘an open air prison camp’, and PSC believes that Mr Hague should follow through on his Prime Minister’s comments in his meetings with Israeli ministers

20 October, 2010

Fishe Workers' Orgznizations Reject Draft CRZ Notification

The National Fishworkers Forum(NFF) & Kerala Swathanthra Malsyathozhilaly Federation (KSMTF)rejects the Draft CRZ Notification 2010 notification in toto

18 October, 2010

Fishing Community Protest On The Bharat Ratna Nomination
For M.S Swaminathan By Kerala Government

By T.Peter

In reaction to the decision of the Kerala Government to nominate agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan for the prestigious Bharat Ratna award of India, the fishing community has recorded their strong protest

08 October, 2010

Tamilnadu Progressive Writers and Artists Association (TNPWAA)
condemns cultural degradation by SUN group of companies

Extensively advertising for the film“Enthiran / Robot” from early morning 4’o clock, they are repeatedly showing the footage of youngsters shaving their head, sacrificing hen, pouring milk on cutouts etc., and trying to project these acts as exemplary cultural practices. This is being done by both SUN television and their journal DINAKARAN to instigate the youngsters to do it again and again

05 October, 2010

Asian People's Solidarity For Palestine Announces
The Asia To Gaza Solidarity Caravan

500 civil resisters from 17 Asian countries will join the caravan from India and march through 18 Asian cities of Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey to break the siege of Gaza through the sea route in December 2010

Salman Khurshid's ‘Sons of Babur' To Be Staged

The landmark play written by Salman Khurshid, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Corporate Affairs and the Minority Affairs, ‘Sons of Babur' is being staged on December 1 and 2, 2010

Seminar on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Judgment

All India Secular Forum’s Mumbai chapter proposes to organize a public meeting on the issue on 12th October 2010

02 October, 2010

ViBGYOR 2011: Call For Entries

Welcome to the 6th Edition of ViBGYOR International Film Festival for Short & Documentary films, to be held in Thrissur, Kerala, India from January 12-16, 2011! The 6th ViBGYOR is dedicated to the memory of late C. Saratchandran, the noted filmmaker and activist and our friend and co-traveler at ViBGYOR. Accordingly we have chosen ‘ Political Filmmaking and Media Activism in South Asia' as the special focus theme of the year. Anand Padvardhan is the festival Director for 2011 VIBGYOR

Fishworkers Reject Draft Coastal Zone Regulation Notification

The National Fishworkers Forum at its Executive Committee meeting held at Chennai on 25th September unanimously rejected the Draft Coastal Zone Regulation Notification, demanded its withdrawal and decided to launch a massive agitation all over the country to press for its demand to protect the right to live and livelihood of the fishing community and also protection of coastal environment

18 September, 2010

The Plight Of Kandhamal Communal Violence Survivors
By Raphael Cheenath & Dr. Swarupanada Patra

A Memorandum to the Chief Minister of Orissa, Naveen Patnaik

The Children Of Kandhamal

A letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa demanding necessary measures to ensure rightful and adequate restoration and rehabilitation of the children affected due to communal violence in Kandhamal and other districts

Kovalam Artificial Reef: Groups Demand Judicial Enquiry
By Swatanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation & Kerala Tourism Watch

Kerala Independent Fish Workers Federation (KSMTF) and Kerala Tourism Watch demands from the Government of India and the State Government, a comprehensive judicial and scientific enquiry, as well as a social audit to analyze the failed aspects and evaluate the overall process of the Artificial Reef in Kovalam

14 September, 2010

When will the Indian State Ever Learn? Condemn Killings in Kashmir
By PUDR

People's Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns yesterday's bloodbath in which 17 persons were shot dead by Indian security forces and 131 injured in different parts of the valley

Joint Statement of Indian Muslim leaders on the attacks
and burning of Christian properties

We disapprove disrespect to any religion or desecration of any sacred scripture or vilification of any religious personality or attack on any religious place, anywhere in the world, and consider it a despicable and uncivilized act

TUC votes for campaign of boycott and disinvestment to free Palestine

Britain’s unions have thrown their weight behind a campaign of disinvestment and boycott from companies which are profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories

Malegaon to Ajmer, the Trail of Terror

The book is essentially a compilation of articles and essays written by scholars and activists on the acts of terror indulged in by the Hindutva forces

Delhi City-wide co-ordinated demonstration around CWG:
Urban displacement, labor and price rise

Protestors all over delhi came out to demand that Sheila Dixit, Kalmadiji and city planners stop oppressing common peoples needs in their quest for this World Class City and the Commonwealth Games

13 September, 2010

Vedanta's Nuakhai gift for villagers – eat ‘Ash'!
By Water Initiatives Orissa

Vedanta's independent power plant (IPP), that was inaugurated by the Orissa Chief Minister on 21 st of August, was shut down by the District Collector of Jharsuguda following strong protest by local villagers. The ban did not last for twenty four hours. It is reported that the company repaired the defects in the power plant in a record time!! The Collector, who has given the permission to re-operate the plant, is reported to have got an assurance from the Vedanta that the "ash will continue to rain for another 48 hours only" and if it continues beyond, the plant will again be stopped. Even when the question remains whether the Collector has got ample technical support to verify whether the defect has been repaired or not, Vedanta's power is re-established and farmers fate goes down the dust

National Consultation on the Proposed Land Acquisition 
(Amendment) Bill and Resettlement & Rehabilitation Bill (draft)

We hope you will be able to join us for a National Consultation on September 23 rd , Thursday, at Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road, New Delhi with your colleagues in the movements and groups so that we can discuss all these issues in detail and work on a better draft of the Comprehensive Act

ACHA Peace Awards Announced

Upon nomination by their colleagues and admirers, the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA) has decided to honor Dr. Mohammad Arif, Jatin Desai, Ashfaq Fateh, Faisal Khan, Dilafrose Qazi and Awais Sheikh, all peace and harmony activists from India and Pakistan, with the ACHA Peace Star Award 2010

National Litigant Bench Launched

National Litigant Bench (NLB), is a novel initiative promoted by concerned and knowledgeable youth to represent the cause of hapless litigants who approach Judiciary to mitigate their problems as last resort, but are drawn into the system unwittingly. Activists from across the country deliberated on the core issues concerning about more than 5 crore litigants who loiter around the corridors of Courts wasting precious time and energy, some at the peak of their productive age

Deconstructing The Myth Of 9/11 And The Global War on Terror

Documentary screening of "Loose Change", One of the most widely acclaimed 9/11 truth documentaries

Round Table on “Ship Owners Liability for Enviro-occupational
Exposures on Alang Beach & Global Shipping Industry

Round Table on “Ship Owners Liability for Enviro-occupational Exposures on Alang Beach & Global Shipping Industry ”. Date: 15th September Time: 9.30 AM -1.30 PM.  Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre, 219, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg (next to Gandhi Peace Foundation), New Delhi

10 September, 2010

Editor's Mother Murdered
By The Verdict

Mother of senior journalist and editor (entertainment) The Verdict weekly tabloid Jyothi Venkatesh’s mother Sita Narayan (79) was found with her throat slit in her ground-floor house at Dadar on Thursday (September 09, 2010). Her gold mangalsutra, ring and four bangles were missing

Women’s Voices Now Prizes

Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a New York-based not-for-profit social enterprise is calling for film submissions for Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival. The Festival is open to filmmakers of all genders, nationalities and faiths

American Muslim Leaders Welcome The Calling off Of Quran Burning

American Muslim Leaders welcome the calling off of Quran burning---- Urge Muslims to offer special Thanksgiving services in mosques on Friday

07 September, 2010

Israeli Palestinian Talks: Designed for Peace or for Public Relations?
By Dr. Abdullah Al-Ahsan

The mainstream media has described the latest Israeli Palestinian “peace talks” currently being hosted by the White House as a breakthrough in the “Middle East peace process.” Is it really a breakthrough? Is there really a peace process? Or is it designed to create a public impression that the US is seriously interested in bringing peace to the region?

03 September, 2010

ISSUES REGARDING NUCLEAR ENERGY BEYOND THE LIABILITY BILL

A statement from concerned groups

23 August, 2010

Help The Flood Victims Of Pakistan

Please consider donating to reputable and established organizations listed here

“Kashmiri Bachao Andholan”

Govt should take immediate steps to demilitarize Kashmir. Draconian laws like AFSPA (Armed forces special powers Act) should be repealed . The young boys picked up during protests and crackdowns should be released. Justice system implanted and ensured justice to all those who are awaiting justice for years including fresh enquiries should be made on recent killings

APCR Press Statement on Situation in Kashmir

Association for Protection of Civil Rights, New Delhi strongly condemns the killing of unarmed protesters in police firing in the Kashmir valley

Condemn The Arrest Of EVM Critics
By Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar

The news is that Hari Prasad, Technical Coordinator of VeTA was arrested by Maharashtra Police on August 21, 2010 morning in Hyderabad. Surprisingly, this arrest was made on charge that the EVM used for exposing EVM vulnerabilities was "stolen"

19 August, 2010

Nominations Invited For ACHA Awards 2010

Association for Communal Harmony (ACHA) invites nominations for the following bi-annual ACHA awards. ACHA PEACE STAR AWARD is given to individuals (and organizations), who have performed meritorious work in promotion of peace and communal harmony. ACHA AWARD is meant for individuals (and organizations), who have performed substantial service to ACHA

18 August, 2010

Statement of Solidarity To The Struggle of
University Community for Democracy

Statement of solidarity to University Community for Democracy (UCD, Delhi University ) which has initiated a relay hunger strike from 12th of August, 2010 onwards between 9 am and 9 pm at Arts Faculty, North Campus, Delhi University

Maya Govt. Is Anti-Dalit And Anti-Farmers

Dr. Udit Raj, president of Indian Justice Party, said that the Maya Government is anti-dalit and anti-farmers, and has gone upon fueling the privatisation in U.P.

12 August, 2010

International Transport Federation calls for
Action on Illegal Israeli Settlements

The International Transport Federation (ITF) passed a resolution yesterday at its 42 nd congress in Mexico , calling on transport workers to stop the transport of all goods and persons to illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

11 August, 2010

An open letter to his Excellency Ambassador of PLO Envoy
To South Africa Mr. Ali Ahmed Halimeh

From the Students of Palestine

We address you from Occupied Palestine urging you to cancel your participation in an event hosted by the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) entitled “Towards Peace in the Middle East –The Status of Current Democracy” at the University of the Witwatersrand on Thursday 12 August 2010

Orissa Okays 13 More Industrial Proposals And The Coming Water Crisis
By Ranjan Panda

Yesterday, the State High Level Clearance Authority (SHLCA), okayed 13 more industrial proposals entailing an investment of INR 1 lakh crore. The proposals include new projects, expansion of existing units and change in locations. Of these 13 projects, at least four will draw water from Mahanadi (Orissa's main source of life and livelihood), one from Brahmani and another from Sabari river

No More Kandhamal – Stop Communal Violence

Nationwide Protest on August 25, 2010

POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti Letter
To Minister of Environment and Forests

Regarding POSCO project – need for withdrawal of illegal final clearance; new Meena Gupta Committee clearly aimed at delaying matters

“Situation in Kashmir and Way Forward”

A Panel Discussion and Press Conference “Situation in Kashmir and Way Forward” was organized by ANHAD on August 10 at Press Club of India in New Delhi

Senior Citizens To Observe 16th August 2010 As Black Day 

Senior Citizens all over India are going to observe 16th August 2010 as Black Day against continous neglect by central and state goverments

UN panel examining Gaza flotilla attack already showing its lack of teeth

A UN panel convened to examine Israel's attack on the Gaza flotilla is already displaying its lack of teeth and shows that it will fail to meet the Security Council's demand for a ‘ prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation' , says the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

10 August, 2010

The Persistence of Caste : The Khairlanji Murders
And India's Hidden Apartheid

By Anand Teltumbde

Anand Teltumbde's analysis of the public, ritualistic massacre of a dalit family in 21st century India exposes the gangrenous heart of our society... This is not a book about the last days of relict feudalism, but a book about what modernity means in India- Arundhati Roy

06 August, 2010

Statement Released by Women And Mothers on Killings in Kashmir Valley

The Mothers of India calls out to the mothers all over India to make sure that no child is killed in Kashmir; that no mother cries in silence that violence does not beget more violence

Kashmir Bleeds Again

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) views with grave concern the escalating violence in Indian controlled Kashmir

Observe 25 August As ‘Kandhamal Day’!

The National Solidarity Forum (NSF) – a countrywide platform of concerned civil society organizations has called for observation of 25 August 2010 as ‘Kandhamal Day’. Thousands of Christian minorities in the Kandhamal region of Orissa were victims of organized violence by Hindu fundamentalists for over nine months starting in August 2007 and even today are yet to obtain justice or rehabilitation

Akhir Hamari Azadi Kab………….?

On 13 th August 2010, hundreds of people from different Dalit-Bahujan, Adivasi, Muslim communities are taking out their protest marches and will hand over their demands to local government authorities in their respective regions. We request you to kindly join us and support in this struggle

04 August, 2010

Shock at injury to Knesset member defending
Bedouin village from demolition

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has expressed shock at today's hospitalisation of a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, who spoke in the House of Commons exactly a week ago. Talab El-Sana, who is of Bedouin origin, was injured and briefly lost consciousness as he tried to defend the demolition of a makeshift Bedouin village by Israeli police

03 August, 2010

Kia Ora Gaza: Kiwi Aid To Gaza

Six-person Kiwi Team to join Gaza aid convoy

Power Play In East Asia
By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

Two recent developments in East Asia --- one in Northeast Asia and the other in Southeast Asia--- have brought to the fore some of the latent tensions in the region

01 August, 2010

Ijtihad-Need Of The Hour
By Dr. M.I.H. Farooqi

The Members of Sir Syed Scientific Society, Lucknow, feel that the door of Ijtihad (re-interpretation) should be kept open as permitted by the Qur’an and Sunnah

29 July, 2010

Peace Conference On Kashmir

The two day 11th Peace Conference on the resolution of Kashmir problem started here tonight at a positive optimistic note with eminent diplomats and opinion makers from India, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir looking forward for the resumption Kashmir specific dialogue between India and Pakistan involving people of Jammu and Kashmir

27 July, 2010

MADRE to Present Findings on Rapes in Camps to Officials in Haiti

Today, MADRE staff members begin a three-day fact-finding mission to Haiti, gathering evidence on post-disaster violations of women's human rights to present before international and Haitian government officials

26 July, 2010

India-Pakistan Peace Caravan "Aman ke Badhte Qadam"

The Peace Caravan will start simultaneously at Mumbai and Karachi on 28 th July

Release of Survivors Citizens for Justice and Peace Report 2010

Women Survivors of Gujarat pogrom speak and the release of Survivors Citizens for Justice and Peace Report 2010

Iranian President Honors Kourosh Ziabari

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad honored Kourosh Ziabari during the closing ceremony of National Festival of Iranian Youth. Kourosh Ziabari was named the winner of winners in the category of media activities. He was honored by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, receiving the honorary mention signed by him and the silver medal of Iran's Superior Youth

25 July, 2010

100 Days Countdown: Towards Completion of a Decade's
Hunger Strike By Irom Sharmila Chanu

On 2 November 2010, Ms. Irom Sharmila Chanu, a Manipuri poet, will complete ten years of hunger strike demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA). An extraordinary struggle of an extraordinary woman! Withstanding the test of time, the struggle exemplifies the triumph of human spirit over the unbridled power of the mighty Indian state

Social Profiling: Root Cause to Racial Discrimination 
Faced by North Easterners in National Capital 

Delhi police, Delhi and Union Governments, civil societies and intellectuals refused to accept the racial discrimination faced by the people from North East India, who are working, studying and living in Delhi and National Capital Regions (NCR). Refusal and denial to accept the struggles faced by the people from North East India by the concerned government and police forces continued for last five years until the killing of 19-years-old Tangkhul girl from Manipur in last October at Murnika by IIT Ph. D. student

24 July, 2010

Concerned Citizens on Human Right Violation in J&K

We, the undersigned, concerned citizens of Gujarat submit this memorandum regarding the prevailing violation of Human Rightsin Jammu and Kashmir and urge to take immediate steps by Government of India and the state government of J&K to prevent further loss of life and property and initiate an impartial investigation into the recent killings in the region

Eleventh International Kashmir Peace Conference

The Eleventh International Kashmir Peace Conference will be held on Thursday, July 29th & Friday, 30th, 2010 on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C

Seeking Appointment With Minister of Environment & Forests to Discuss
Waste to Energy Plants in Residential Areas of Delhi

A letter to Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of Environment & Forests

23 July, 2010

Stop Vedanta's Killings, Displacement And Devastation

Protest in London

Condemn The Assassination of Azad

Endorse the statement condemning the assassination of Azad

22 July, 2010

Watering Down Universal Jurisdiction Will Benefit All War Criminals

Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls for no change to current law

Gruesome Murder Of Amit Jethva

We the activists of PARYAVARAN SURAKSHA SAMITI are horrified at the gruesome murder of Mr. Amit Jethva, President of Gir Nature Youth Club, Khambha, District Amreli who had been raising the issue of illegal mining and other environmental issues in Junagadh area

21 July, 2010

Ban The RSS

Appeal for an immediate ban on the RSS and all its front organisations and wings

Please Endorse Appeal : The Palestinian People Must Live!

We solemnly call on all those who hold firm to democratic freedoms, human rights and human civilisation to unite with us and say: The Palestinian people must live!

Born into War: Exhibit of Photos and Drawings by Former Child Soldiers in Colombia and Uganda

Today, MADRE will hold a public event to highlight the tragic reality of childhoods destroyed and communities fundamentally threatened by the use of child soldiers in conflict situations.

Dalit Christians Demand Implementation of Misra Commission Report

Thousand of Christians from twelve states of India gathered at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi today demanded for the implementation of Misra Commission Report

Preparatory Meeting On The Asia Europe Peoples’ Forum (AEPF)

Invitation for a preparatory meeting on the Asia Europe Peoples’ Forum (AEPF) to be held on the 24th July 2010 in JNU, New Delhi

19 July, 2010

Condemn the Indian Censor Board for suppressing "Flames of the Snow"
By SANSAD

The Indian Censor Board has refused to certify 'Flames of the Snow', a historical feature film on Nepal, for public screening on the ground that the film 'tells about Maoist movement in Nepal and justifies its ideology.'

16 July, 2010

Please Help Me To Feed The People
By Garda Ghista

Garda Ghista's impassioned plea for help to feed hungry people in India

RSS Activists Attack Headlines Today
News Channel For Terror Expose

By Bharat Bachao Andolan

Bharat Bachao Andolan is organizing a protest sit in against attack on Headlines Today news channel for terror expose

15 July, 2010

The Plight of the Palestinians: a Long History of Destruction

The Plight of the Palestinians: a Long History of Destruction by Dr. William A. Cook is out now, available to order with a promotional 20% discount from Palgrave Macmillan

Gender Human Rights Society Press Conference

Press Conference on “Sexual Harassment at workplace Law proposal”

13 July, 2010

Dahr Jamail Seeks Your Support
By Dahr Jamail

Please support our work in the Gulf Coast by making a donation

12 July, 2010

New Website on Kashmir

An excellent website on Kashmir which provides historical context to Kashmir conflict. It is edited by Akhila Raman, a researcher on Kashmir. This website is expanded from a Kashmir chronology She compiled overseveral years. This site has a historical timeline and FAQ with clickable online references to materials ranging from 1948 Indian White Paper, Instrument of Accession to 1989 insurgency and recent human rights reports. http://www.kashmirlibrary.org/

International Investigation Is Essential On The Flotilla Attack
By Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Eiland's presentation on the attack on the Mavi Marmara once again demonstrates that independent international investigation is essential

11 July, 2010

Criminal Complaint Against United Nations Officials
On Srebrenica Massacre

The Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinja Association file Criminal Complaint Against United Nations Officials On Srebrenica Massacre

10 July, 2010

Censorship of Media in Kashmir

“All India Secular Forum” has criticised the censorship imposed by the State Government of Jammu and Kashmir. To publish, broadcast and telecast news is our fundamental right. Imposing Censorship amounts to depriving the people of their fundamental right of freedom of expression

Statement on the fast worsening situation in Kashmir
By Concerned Citizens

As concerned Indian citizens some of whom played a role in solving the Amarnath-related crisis two years back, we are seriously worried at the fast deteriorating situation in the Valley of Kashmir which has witnessed the senseless killing of over two dozen innocent youth by the security forces in as many days

09 July, 2010

Dutch Manager PGGM drops India's Vedanta over ethical concerns

Asset manager PGGM has withdrawn its investments in Indian mining company Vedanta Resources for "persistently ignoring" the environment and human rights

08 July, 2010

Protest the ongoing bloodshed of Kashmiri civilians
and the brutal suppression of protest by security forces

CPI(ML)'s Protest Demonstration at Jantar Mantar, F riday, 9 July, 11 am

Caste Census: Just or Unjust?

Bahujan Students' Front Statement on Caste Census

Govt Of Kerala constitute a committee to study about the impact of
Endosulfan In Kasargod

Scanned order is attached

National Council of Dalit Christians Rally

National Council of Dalit Christians Rally Invites you to a Rally that starts at 9.00 am from Kerala House, New Delhi- 1 and the Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi- 1 till 6.00 pm On 21st July, 2010 (Wednesday) to express the Urgency and Gravity of Christians' Muslims' and Secular-minded peoples'

03 July, 2010

Statement on arrest of Dr. Nisha Biswas
and other civil rights activists in Lalgarh

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, are shocked by the arrest on 14th June of Dr Nisha Biswas, Scientist - Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute Kolkata, Manik Mandal, writer, Kanishka Choudhary, school teacher, and ten other persons by the W Bengal police from Lalgarh area, where they had gone at the request of the local people to investigate human rights violations by police and paramilitary

Official opening ceremony of ESOF 2010( Euroscience Open Forum)
By Marianne de Nazareth

The 4th session of ESOF2010( Euroscience Open Forum) was officially opened in Turin with a recorded welcome message sent in by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano

Celebrating diversity and inclusiveness in the age of consent
By NAPM

One year ago, on July 2nd 2009, a Delhi High Court division bench of Chief Justice A. P Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar said “We declare that Section 377 IPC, insofar it criminalizes consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution.” It upheld one of the primary principles of natural justice, 'right to consent' and restored the dignity and rights of millions of those whose existence in the society was not even acknowledged. NAPM joins hands with the queer movement in celebrating a year since this judgement and urges the movement to also come forward in tune with the struggle of millions for a dignified livelihood and to end continuing violence unleashed by the neo-liberal policies of the government on the people.

30 June, 2010

Protest Against Demonization Of Muslims
By Israeli Embassy And Mumbai Police

An Indian Muslim, Mr. Muhammad (Civil Engineer) strolling along Nariman Point & around the general area of the Israeli Embassy, was accosted by the Embassy Security & then later taken in for questioning by the Marine Drive Police Station. After hours of humiliation, the Police told him - "Why do you have to go 'there' with such a long beard". A protest march will be held infront of Israeli Embassy 2nd July

Letter To Delhi CM on Renuka Dam And Delhi Water Issues

The Delhi government has been promoting and funding the controversial 148 m high Renuka Dam in Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh. This dam on river Giri, a tributary of Yamuna River is basically meant to supply water to Delhi. The Rs 3900 crores (2006 price line) project is to be funded with 90% of the money coming from the Centre. In fact the Delhi government has already paid the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) a sum of Rs. 215 crore for land acquisition and displacement related to this Renuka dam from which Delhi hopes to get 23 cubic meters per second water for nine post-monsoon months. We the citizens and groups of Delhi (some of us recently visited the valley) after study of the project and Delhi’s water situation would like to raise the following points

7/7: Muslim Perspectives

Murtaza Shibli's book "7/7: Muslim Perspectives" is being released on 7th July, 2010 at the House of Lords,London. This book explores and articulates the insights, reactions and experiences of a range of Muslim men and women following the events of 7/7 – their feelings, anxieties and concerns. It explores how they negotiated their own positions with mainstream society and with each other in the aftermath. The contributors reflect upon the event and express their personal responses, serving as a starting point for an exploration of the challenges and expectations which the future holds for them

29 June, 2010

Land Grabbing On The Quiet: Tens of Thousands of Hectares
Seized Every Year, Courtesy Environment Ministry

The Environment Ministry's control over forest land gives it far more power over people's homes, livelihoods and lives – and lakhs are facing brutality, impoverishment and injustice as a result. Consider this:

Legal Notice Issued By The Narmada Bachao Andolan
To the Ministry Of Environment And Forests

Legal Notice issued by the Narmada Bachao Andolan to the Ministry of Environment and Forests on the issue of continued land acquisition and excavation for the large canals of Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar, which is causing an irreversible damage to the best of agricultural land in the region

27 June, 2010

Arrest Of Human Rights Activists In Lalgarh

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, are shocked by the arrest on 14th June of Dr Nisha Biswas, Scientist - Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute Kolkata, Manik Mandal, writer, Kanishka Choudhary, school teacher, and ten other persons by the W Bengal police from Lalgarh area, where they had gone at the request of the local people to investigate human rights violations by police and paramilitary

Submission By Christian Council On The Proposed
Communal Violence Prevention Bill 2005/10

Observations of the Christian Community on Proposed Communal violence Prevention Bill 2005/10 -- submitted by Christian Council to the national Advisory Council in consultations on 24th June 2010

26 June, 2010

PROPOSED AMMENDMENTS TO THE COMMUNAL VIOLENCE
(PREVENTION, CONTROL AND REHABILITATION OF VICTIMS)
BILL, 2005

SUBMITTED TO NAC SUB GROUP ON CV BILL ON JUNE 24, 2010

Ignoring residents, Sheila Dikshit Flags Dioxins emitting plant

Fact Finding Team Finds Indian Waste Unsuitable for Energy Generation . Okhla project violates aex court's order, Delhi High Court hearing on 22 nd July. Dubious Carbon Credit Project, a public health disaster. Delhi Government & MNRE Caught on Wrong Foot Again

25 June, 2010

“ORISSA JANA ADHIKAR MORCHA (OJAM)” CONDEMNS THE ILLEGAL ACTION OF THE ORISSA GOVT. TO RENEW THE MOU WITH POSCO

OJAM condemns the illegal action of the state govt. and unless the govt. is restraining itself from this type of illegal activity OJAM will launch state wide agitation against the state govt

BANI Supports WTO Challenge against Subsidy for Deadly Asbestos Fibers

Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) appeals to the imminent G-20 and G-8 summit during June 26-27 in Toronto to persuade Canadian and Russian government to stop promoting export of asbestos which is an exercise in trade distortion

River Link Project Revived
By Samson C. Christian

All India Tribal Unity & Development Council

Housing or Wars: Can't Have Both

American Homeless Society Joins 111 Other Organizations and Candidates in Opposing War Funding

24 June, 2010

Ms. Nandita Haksar “Constitutional Crisis of Manipur”
Needs clarification and apology

By T. Lunkim

Letter to Nandita Haksar on her article "The Constitutional Crisis of Manipur" published by Mainstream Weekly, Vol XLVIII, No 26, June 19, 2010

23 June, 2010

Invitation to a Public Meeting. In Defense of Democracy

On June 25 th /26 th 2010 we will remember the 35th anniversary of the imposition of the Emergency. To understand this past is to engage with the present, and we invite you to a two day gathering in New Delhi to revisit the memories of the Emergency, and understand how it shaped - and continues to shape - the India of today

Inviting Nominations for Meeto Memorial Award 2010

ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) and Sangat , a South Asian Feminist Network, are now inviting nominations for the Meeto Memorial Award for the year 2010

22 June, 2010

Press Coference: Attack on Rights' Activists in India

The recent arrests of 12 activists in Gujarat on the basis of an omnibus FIR, members of a Fact Finding Team in West Bengal, trade union leaders, human rights activists in UP, Chattisgarh and many other states have reopened the debate on an unannounced emergency-like condition that confronts rights' activists across the country

Environment Ministry's Pre-draft CRZ Notification 2010
rejected by fishermen, environmentalists

The National Coastal Protection Campaign (NCPC), a collective comprising of a broad range of fishworker groups including the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), fishworker support organisations and environmental groups jointly rejected the Ministry of Environment's ‘pre-draft' CRZ 2010 notification for being anti-people, anti-environment and pro-industry

Freedom is not an impossible dream
By Anthony Ravlich

Next Monday the Auckland High Court will be hearing Anthony Ravlich's appeal against a sentence in the Wellington District Court on 2 February 2010 where he was convicted and fined $200 for failing to file an election expenses return after standing as a candidate for the Human Rights Party (1) in Auckland Central

20 June, 2010

Stop The Subsidy To Asbestos Mining Industry And Health Disaster
By Gopal Krishna

The purpose of this letter is to protest against the Quebec government (Canada) which is all set to provide a large subsidy to save the asbestos mining industry in Canada unmindful of its health consequences in developing countries like India

Dalit And Adivasi Students' Portal Launched

Launching of our Dalit and Adivasi Students' Portal ( www.scststudents.org )

"Emergency Then and State Repressions Today"

Public-cum-Press Meet by the Citizens Initiative for Peace on June 25 on the Occasion of 35th Year of Declaration of Emergency at Press Club, Mumbai

The Bhopal Verdict : A Tragedy for National Dignity and Justice

The National Alliance of People's Movements is shocked and enraged at the recent judgement on Bhopal that not only comes 26 years too late but also makes a complete mockery of the concept of justice and the value of human lives

19 June, 2010

Arrest of Human rights activists in Gujarat
By PUCL

Application the NHRC on the arrest of human rights activists in Gujarat

17 June, 2010

Maired Maguire Calls For Israel's Blockade Of Gaza To Be Lifted Completely

A partial lifting of the siege of Gaza by Israel, is not enough as the Israeli blockade of Gaza must be lifted completely.

14 June, 2010

Bhopal Court's Verdict in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Case

Click here for the verdict (PDF)

Largest gathering of U.S. socialists to meet in Chicago, June 17–20

Socialism 2010: Ideas for Changing the World

The Sikh Students Federation

The Sikh Students Federation, a Punjab based organization of Sikh Students, has welcomed the move undertaken by Sikhs in Canada to get recognition for Sikh massacre of November 1984 as 'Genocide' under International Criminal Law, to be specific under Article 2 of U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

11 June, 2010

Public Meeting And Expression Of Solidarity With Bhopalis
Saturday 12th June, 4pm onwards
Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

10 June, 2010

Green Gone Wrong: How the Economy is Undermining
the Environmental Revolution with Heather Rogers

By socialismconference.org

Don't miss the chance to see Heather Rogers speak on two different occasions, -- Chicago : Saturday, June 19, and Oakland : Saturday, July 3,—on Green Gone Wrong: How the Economy is Undermining the Environmental Revolution

Bhopal Survivors Call Verdict and Trial Utter Disappointment
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, Press Statement

Appeal To The Government Of Pakistan
By Concerned Citizens of Pakistan

We, the Concerned Citizens of Pakistan, request the Government of Pakistan, to ensure, that our Forces should only go into North Waziristan to deal with militants at a time of our choosing if considered essential for the interests of Pakistan. Any contemplated action must not be taken under external pressure to protect foreign interests

09 June, 2010

Letter to PTI against concocted report on
Arundhati Roy's speech at Mumbai

By CPDR

Letter of protest to PTI against concocted report on Arundhati Roy's speech at Mumbai

Papua New Guinea's Indigenous Landowners Stripped of Land Rights

Papua New Guinea's Indigenous Landowners Stripped of Land Rights as Chinese Communist Influence Grows

Nicaragua suspends relations with Israel

The Government of National Unity and Reconciliation in Nicaragua, condemns the criminal assault conducted by the Israeli Government against the Freedom flotilla and suspends from this date, diplomatic relations with the Government of Israel

Education Culture Congress : Call For Papers

Call for papers for The World Education Congress, 12th – 15th January 2011New Delhi, India

CALL FOR EUROPEAN URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

We, Urban Social Movements in Istanbul , are inviting all the Europe-wide resisting urban social movements and organizations to VI. European Social Forum , with the need and urge to fight together against the ceaseless attacks of capitalism

08 June, 2010

Don't Ignore The Palestinian Refugees
By The Palestinian Return Centre

While there is much focus on the Israeli Palestinian conflict on a political level there is very little if any mention of the refugees who comprise three quarters of the global Palestinian conflict. The 7.1 Million Palestinian refugees face many different and difficult challenges which require the attention of the international community. This bulletin provides an update on the condition of Palestinian refugees around the world over the past month. It covers stories from the Occupied Territories, UNRWA, host countries and Palestinians in diasporas.

07 June, 2010

AID Calls for Peace Initiatives From All Sides in Chhattisgarh

Association for India's Development is deeply worried about the escalating cycle of violence and human casualties in the conflict between state security forces, Salwa Judum and the CPI(Maoist) in Chhattisgarh. We strongly urge all parties to cease the violence immediately and create a conducive environment for honest and sincere peace talks . The peace talks should actively involve all affected sections of people and the civil society. Only peace within a framework of justice is self-sustaining

Philippine Communist Party Codemns Flotilla Attack

Philippine Communist Party Codemns latest act of Zionist Barbarism

Revolutionary Earth Manifesto Launched
at www.EarthManifesto.com

The wide-ranging understandings of a revolutionary Earth Manifesto have been launched into the public arena. This compendium of ideas, insights, and progressive perspectives could make a far-reaching and salubrious impact on the policies and actions of the United States and the world.

NPT 2010: A STEP FORWARD

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) welcomes the consensus achieved at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference held at the UN Headquarters in New York from 3 to 28 May 2010

JPA: Observe Protest Day on 29 July 2010

The Members of All India Committee, State Committees, Affiliated Organisations And activists of government employees movement associated with JPA Unite to resist multi-pronged attack on govt. sector, job security, job opportunity and hard won rights – Call of JPA on the occasion of Historic 29 th July

8-th plenum of SOC, CPI(M-L)!

The 8-th plenum of the State Organising Committee (SOC), CPI (M-L) commenced on April 22, 2010, and was concluded successfully on April 26, 2010. The date of commencement of the plenum coincided with the the inaugural day of of the party, ie CPI (M-L) and also the birth day of Comrade Lenin.