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epa05919710 Demonstrators hold flags of the region of Al-Ahwaz as they take part in a rally in support of the Ahwazi minority in Iran, in Berlin, Germany, 21 April 2017. Dozens of demonstrators took part in the march striving for the recognition of this minority and their human rights. The Ahwazi live within the Iranian province of Khuzestan and constitute an ethnic, linguistic and cultural minority in Iran.  EPA/FELIPE TRUEBA

Ahwazi Exiles Hold Four Massive Freedom Rallies in London, The Hague, Canberra, And Berlin

 Demonstrators hold flags of the region of Al-Ahwaz as they take part in a rally in support of the Ahwazi people in Iran, in Berlin, Germany, 21 April 2017. Dozens of demonstrators took part in the march striving for the recognition of this population and their human rights. Ahwazi exiles marked important anniversaries in the state’s history during the past[Read More…]

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case – Part II – The Punjab Trial

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case – Part II – The Punjab Trial

The first part of the article (Countercurrents.org, 14.03.2017) dealt with Kobad Ghandy’s trial under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Delhi, during which he was detained in Tihar Jail for about seven years!; and acquitted by the court of charges under UAPA on 10 June, 2016!! Kobad Ghandy was acquitted of even being a member of CPI (Maoist).

WSS Condemns Threats By Bajrang Dal On WSS Activist In Assam

WSS Condemns Threats By Bajrang Dal On WSS Activist In Assam

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) strongly condemns the manner in which our member Ms Bondita Acharya, a well known women’s activist from Jorhat, Assam, is being criminally intimidated, abused in sexual language, defamed and trolled on her Facebook account only because she expressed her personal opinion regarding eating of beef, a common practice in her state of[Read More…]

Voice Of The Voiceless: People’s Tribunal Of Acquitted Innocents

Voice Of The Voiceless: People’s Tribunal Of Acquitted Innocents

Being imprisoned for a crime one did not commit, being acquitted and freed after going through a hard ordeal of physical and mental agony, granting of ‘Good Service Entry’ to those officers whose hands played key role in unreasonably locking up innocent persons in prisons, being denied any sort of a compensation for the deprival of valuable years of their[Read More…]

North East Indian Organisations Express Solidarity In Response To Discrimination And Assault Against African Nationalities

North East Indian Organisations Express Solidarity In Response To Discrimination And Assault Against African Nationalities

The undersigned students’ organisations and unions from North East India, would like to extend solidarity with people of African origin living in India and particularly those who were attacked in Greater Noida recently. We empathise with the violence, ordeals, and humiliation faced by Africans in India. We are distressed to learn of the ongoing situation, and denial of the Indian[Read More…]

Iranian Militia Shoots Disabled Activist Dead In His Home In Front Of His Children

Iranian Militia Shoots Disabled Activist Dead In His Home In Front Of His Children

Iranian regime militia shot an unarmed wheelchair-bound disabled Ahwazi activist dead in front of his wife and children in their home, apparently “revenge” for his civil rights activism. The armed group belonging to the Basiji (also known as Sāzmān-e Basij-e Mostaz’afin), one of the five forces of the ‘Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution’, stormed into 39-year-old Saeed[Read More…]

Bolivia To Host Global ‘World Without Walls’ People’s Summit On Migrant And Refugee Rights

Bolivia To Host Global ‘World Without Walls’ People’s Summit On Migrant And Refugee Rights

Bolivia’s government and social movements have announced they will host a global people’s summit on migrants and refugee rights. The “People’s Conference for a World without Walls and Universal Citizenship”, set for June 20 and 21, is expected to draw together immigration experts and pro-migrant and refugee rights organisations and activists from around the world. “Given the alarming situation of[Read More…]

Confronting European Racism

Confronting European Racism

That Europe has jumped to the Right and the Far Right is no longer a matter of debate. Each day sees a a new and closer ‘solution’ to the ‘problem’ of the rejected, the unwanted, the ‘other’ and those variously described as not belonging to Europe. To use an Apartheid term: the Non-Europeans. Each day sees a more outrageous ‘debate’[Read More…]

Stand Against Religious Bigotry, Defend Democratic Rights Of All Citizens Of India

Stand Against Religious Bigotry, Defend Democratic Rights Of All Citizens Of India

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) condemns the murder of rationalist H. Farook in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu on March 16, 2017. Farook was a member of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (Dravidian Freedom Organisation) which is inspired by the rationalist ideas of Periyar. According to the police, the six men who killed Farook were self-radicalised and ‘claimed that their radical thought had[Read More…]

African Students In India Demand Protection

African Students In India Demand Protection

The Association of African students in India is calling on the government of India to taking concrete steps to protect the lives and properties of all African students in India, and especially in Uttar Pradesh following the recent false allegations laid on five Nigerian students. We are tired of the appeasement and promises made by the Indian government and therefore[Read More…]

Prejudices Against Africans In India

Prejudices Against Africans In India

A young boy was found dead in Noida. The family and the people alleged that it is the Africans who have drugged him so he got cardiac arrest and after that the crowd swell and become violent against them. Police as usual arrest some of the Nigerian students and found nothing incriminating against them so release them later but the[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila Gets Warm Welcome In Kerala

Irom Sharmila Gets Warm Welcome In Kerala

In the presence of the eminent activists the Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila, received a warm welcome threaded in love at Calicut in Kerala. Solidarity Youth Movement of Kerala, which was at the forefront in supporting Irom Sharmila’s heroic resistance for civil rights, hosted the program . A massive crowd was present to hear Sharmila. The crowd waited impatiently for hours[Read More…]

The World’s Silent Complicity In Iranian Apartheid Against Ahwazi People

The World’s Silent Complicity In Iranian Apartheid Against Ahwazi People

  This article presents a brief history of Al-Ahwaz. It highlights the sufferings of the Ahwazi Arab people under the Iranian occupation, and offers an introduction to the contemporary history of the Ahwaz struggle for liberation and the fight to regain independence stolen by Iran in 1925. For too long, Ahwazi Arabs have suffered in silence, the ultimate invisible victims.[Read More…]

Acts of Abomination: A Familiar Sound

Acts of Abomination: A Familiar Sound

The Claims Commission was essentially a mopping-up operation, established to clarify ambiguities about land ownership that still remained after a century of white assault. It simply asserted that the Indians had lost land that they often had not, and gave them money as a panacea. Usually these claims awards were dutifully hailed in the American press as if the U.S. was generously giving down-and-out Indians a gift, when actually the opposite was the case.

The Irony Of The Gadchiroli Court Verdict

The Irony Of The Gadchiroli Court Verdict

The Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC) strongly condemns the judgement by the Gadchiroli Sessions Court March 7, 2017 convicting Mahesh Tirki, Pandu Narote, Hem Mishra, Prashant Rahi, Vijay Tirki and G N Saibaba, under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA) and awarding life sentence to five of them and a ten year imprisonment to another. PPSC[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila,  90 Votes, AFSPA And Democracy

Irom Sharmila,  90 Votes, AFSPA And Democracy

With the latest election results in Manipur, the public mandate  brought the state again to limelight. During the election process Manipur received very little attention but the focus started shifting after news came out that  Irom Sharmila, better known as Iron lady of Manipur who contested against its Chief Minister Ibobi Singh received only 90 votes. Everyone felt shocked and[Read More…]

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case

In 2009, the Government of India announced a new nation-wide initiative viz. “Integrated Action Plan” (IAP) for broad coordinated operations to deal with the ‘Naxalite’ problem. This plan included increased funding for special police for better containment and reduction of Naxalite influence. Kobad Ghandy’s arrest in September 2009 was a direct fall out of this IAP.

‘Bearing Witness: Sexual Violence in South Chhattisgarh’ – Book by WSS Released

‘Bearing Witness: Sexual Violence in South Chhattisgarh’ – Book by WSS Released

Mumbai Press Club, March 10 2017: Bastar Solidarity Network, Mumbai organised the book release of “ Bearing Witness : Sexual Violence in South Chhatisgarh” on 10th Mach 2017. The book has been brought out by Women against Sexual violence and State repression ( WSS ). Dr. Ilina Sen, academician and activist released the book. While releasing the book she said[Read More…]

Prof. G.N. Saibaba – Victim Of Everything !

Prof. G.N. Saibaba – Victim Of Everything !

A Maharashtra court on Tuesday convicted wheel-chair bound Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and five others under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for ‘waging war’ against India and for their alleged Maoist links, and sentenced all but one to life imprisonment. GN Saibaba, JNU student Hem Keshavdatta Mishra, journalist activist Prashant Rahi, tribal farmers from Gadchiroli district Mahesh Kariman Tirki[Read More…]

Ahwazi Activist, Denied Asylum In Netherlands, Gets Six Year Sentence For Campaigning For Freedom

Ahwazi Activist, Denied Asylum In Netherlands, Gets Six Year Sentence For Campaigning For Freedom

  An Ahwazi human rights activist who was denied asylum in the Netherlands and forced to return to Iran after fleeing Iranian regime persecution was sentenced on Friday to six years imprisonment in an Iranian court for the ‘crime’ of attending protests calling for freedom.  According to reports, he was savagely tortured during his detention to force him into signing[Read More…]

Making Aadhaar Compulsory For Mid –Day -Meal Is An Attack On Children’s Right To Food

Making Aadhaar Compulsory For Mid –Day -Meal Is An Attack On Children’s Right To Food

The right to food campaign strongly opposes the central government’s move to make Aadhaar compulsory for children under the midday meal scheme in government schools. This is nothing but an attempt to coerce people to enrol their children under Aadhaar. School meals are an important entitlement of Indian children, legally enforceable under Supreme Court orders as well as under the[Read More…]

Guantánamo’s Last 100 Days : The Story That Never Was 

Guantánamo’s Last 100 Days : The Story That Never Was 

In the spring of 2016, I asked a student of mine to do me a favor and figure out which day would be the 100th before Barack Obama’s presidency ended. October 12th, he reported back, and then asked me the obvious question: Why in the world did I want to know? The answer was simple. Years before I had written[Read More…]

Voicing Silence: A Report Of A Fake Encounter Of A Disabled Adivasi Youth

Voicing Silence: A Report Of A Fake Encounter Of A Disabled Adivasi Youth

Introduction A five member fact finding team visited Metapal village on 20 December, 2016 to probe an alleged encounter of a minor named Pottam Somaru that took place on the 16th of December. The team had come to attend a meeting organized by People’s Union of Civil Liberties in Matenar, Dantewada for researchers, activists and journalists to learn about the issues[Read More…]

Bad Schools

Bad Schools

Be Careful In Selecting An Early Childhood Center For Your Children’s Care! They may look good on the outside — on the skin level. Yet many are rotten to the core! Recently I learned from TV channel seven news reports that 10,000 of the 70,000 early child care centers in Massachusetts, USA are under intense investigation at any given time[Read More…]

Amitt Bhatt must not be deported!

Amitt Bhatt must not be deported!

Investigative journalist Amitt Bhatt is facing deportation to India and the likelihood of arrest and torture – possibly even death – for his work exposing corruption and human rights abuses in war-torn Kashmir. On March 14th, he has his last-chance appeal against deportation and there is a public meeting to support his case. Monday March 6, 6.30pm at the National[Read More…]

Cameroon expels 500 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon expels 500 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram

Thousands of Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said it was “very concerned” after 517 Nigerians were expelled, including 313 who had requested asylum. As of February 17, more than 61,000 Nigerian refugees were at the Minawao camp in northeast Cameroon, but there are many others outside the site. Boko Haram, a militant[Read More…]

Protesters chant slogans during clashes believed to be linked to recent anti-foreigner violence in Reiger Park informal settlement, east of Johannesburg May 20, 2008. South Africa's police and the ruling ANC party intensified efforts on Tuesday to quell deadly violence against foreigners and a government minister said the unrest could damage the key tourism sector. At least 24 people have been killed in over a week of violent attacks on African migrant workers who are accused by many in South Africa's poor townships of stealing jobs and fuelling a wave of violent crime.   
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South Africa: Anti-immigrant protests erupt in Pretoria

An anti-foreigner mob of about 1,000 people rampaged across South Africa’s capital city on Friday, assaulting and looting, in the latest dangerous escalation of tensions over immigration. The march nearly turned disastrous when the mob entered a Pretoria neighbourhood dominated by Somali and Nigerian migrants. Hundreds of foreigners confronted the mob, the two sides separated by only a few metres, wielding[Read More…]

India: end rampant discrimination in the justice system based on sexual orientation and gender identity – ICJ

India: end rampant discrimination in the justice system based on sexual orientation and gender identity – ICJ

Bangkok, Thailand –The Indian authorities must end discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the formal justice system, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)said in a report released today. The 60-paged report “Unnatural Offences”: Obstacles to Justice in India Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identitydocuments the challenges queer persons in India facewhile trying to access[Read More…]

Hundreds of Ahwazis demonstrate in Brussels against Iranian regime’s crimes

Hundreds of Ahwazis demonstrate in Brussels against Iranian regime’s crimes

Hundreds of Ahwazi Arabs led a demonstration in front of the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday in solidarity with the Arab people of Ahwaz currently experiencing the worst brutality to date in another crackdown by the Iranian regime. The protesters, originally from the Arab Ahwaz region, which has been brutally occupied by successive Iranian regimes for almost a[Read More…]

It’s Time The MHA Crack The Whip on Child Trafficking

It’s Time The MHA Crack The Whip on Child Trafficking

I had just finished reading Anita Nair’s recent novel, “ Chain of Custody” which gives a glimpse into the dark, convoluted business of child trafficking, when I also came across a video of Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher talking about the same issue at the US Senate. Kutcher talks about a horrifying video clipthat has been doing the rounds on the[Read More…]

India: Crack down on civil rights? Facebook Crusade Against Police Atrocity Lands Boy In Jail

India: Crack down on civil rights? Facebook Crusade Against Police Atrocity Lands Boy In Jail

At a time when streaming real time feeds through Facebook is setting new trends in mass communication; using the same for exposing police highhandedness resulted in incarceration for an Indian youth hailing from the northeastern state of Assam. Partha Protim Boruah, 24, had a miff with police personnel at one the city’s regular check points on February 12 after he[Read More…]

Global Entry Privileges  For Muslim-American Travelers Are Quietly Revoked

Global Entry Privileges  For Muslim-American Travelers Are Quietly Revoked

The Seven-million strong American Muslim community, on the receiving end since the ghastly terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, has ostensibly become target of President Trump’s policies. While the January 27 travel ban may still be affecting American Muslim citizens, some Muslim travelers outside the seven countries targeted by the controversial ban, including naturalized U.S. citizens and green card holders, are indicating[Read More…]

First ICE Raids Under Trump Arrest Nearly 700 Immigrants In Five Days

First ICE Raids Under Trump Arrest Nearly 700 Immigrants In Five Days

Over 680 people were arrested in a five-day-long campaign of raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency last week, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A quarter of those arrested had no criminal records. The first immigration sweep by the Trump administration also marks the first arrest of a DACA recipient, 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina. Ramirez,[Read More…]

The Urban Housing Crisis: Time To Rebuild Public Housing

The Urban Housing Crisis: Time To Rebuild Public Housing

On January 19th the New York Times ran a story that probably caused a certain class of readers to do a double-take. It turns out that a year has gone by without there being a single shooting in the Queensbridge Houses. As for a homicide it’s been almost two years. The famous, or long derided as ‘infamous’, 96 building Queensbridge[Read More…]

Child Deaths In Nagada

Child Deaths In Nagada

The Nagada village of Chingudipala Panchayat of Sukinda block in Jajpur district, Odisha caught headlines of the state and national media due to continuous child deaths in July-August, 2016. Now five to six months have already passed. A six-member team of the “Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakha Sangathan” visited the place on 4th February 2017 to know about on-going programs of the[Read More…]

Collective Effort Alone Can Solve Rohingya Crisis

Collective Effort Alone Can Solve Rohingya Crisis

Ever since tensions again escalated between the government of Myanmar and the Rohingya people on October 2016 and the reinvigorated persecution of the minority group that followed, thousands of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh — the United Nations humanitarian office’s most recent estimate is 69,000. Scores of them have, meanwhile, been seen begging on the streets between Ukhia and Tekhnaf[Read More…]

Police Repression In Bhangar, West Bengal

Police Repression In Bhangar, West Bengal

WSS stands with the struggling people of Bhangar against the severe repression unleashed by the state in order to establish a power grid and high power transmission lines across the area by force. In the course of this struggle: Two people have died as a result of bullet wounds inflicted by the police and armed goons while several more people have[Read More…]

IGP Kalluri Asked To Proceed On Leave: A Necessity, Not A Virtue

IGP Kalluri Asked To Proceed On Leave: A Necessity, Not A Virtue

IGP Kalluri, the man alleged to have committed untold atrocities on clueless tribal people in Bastar, and the scores of human rights activists who have tried to intervene time and again in order to demand at least a semblance of justice for these innocent people, (who have been mercilessly mass-murdered, raped, beaten ruthlessly, maimed etc.) has been very graciously asked[Read More…]

At Last Some Action Against IG Kalluri Of Bastar

At Last Some Action Against IG Kalluri Of Bastar

WSS welcomes the actions taken by the Government of Chhattisgarh to restore its credibility and regain the confidence of the citizens of Bastar. In a series of decisive administrative actions yesterday, the state government announced the appointment of Sri P Sundararaj, IPS as DIG of the newly-created Dantewada Range. Bastar IG Sri SRP Kalluri has been asked to proceed on[Read More…]

Modus Operandi And Modus Vivendi In Bangladesh

Modus Operandi And Modus Vivendi In Bangladesh

As government leaders sashay between paltering and prevarication—as they’re wont to do around the world—the people get bombarded, often everyday, with a substantive number of stunners. Just like Mr. President in the United States is doing right now and hogging all the klieg lights. But of course it isn’t only the politicians who are adept—or irresistibly tempted—in taking recourse to[Read More…]

Restore The Rule Of Law In Bastar, Demand Concerned Citizens

Restore The Rule Of Law In Bastar, Demand Concerned Citizens

This is an appeal for restoration of the rule of law in Bastar (Chhattisgarh), assured access without interference to any persons concerned with human rights abuses in the area, and action against those guilty of harassing such persons or other violations of human rights. Among other recent incidents of harassment is a brazen attack on Dr. Bela Bhatia, an independent[Read More…]

Commutation Of Death Sentence In The Bara Massacre Case: Justice Half Done

Commutation Of Death Sentence In The Bara Massacre Case: Justice Half Done

PUDR welcomes the decision of the President commuting the death sentences of Nanhe Lal Mochi, Veer Kuar Paswan, Krishna Mochi and Dharmender Singh, convicted in the Bara massacre of 1992 for killing 35 members of the Bhumihar caste in Bihar. Commutation in this case, however, is justice half done as the four prisoners will continue to languish in jail indefinitely[Read More…]

TISS Students In Solidarity With Adivasis In Bastar, Fighting Against Corporate Loot And State Repression

TISS Students In Solidarity With Adivasis In Bastar, Fighting Against Corporate Loot And State Repression

We, the concerned students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai condemn the continuing state repression of adivasis and recent attack on human rights activist Bela Bhatia in Bastar, Chhattisgarh. On the 23rd of January, 2017, a group of 30-odd men attacked Bela where they barged into her house in Parpa, near Jagdalpur violently and threatened to burn the[Read More…]

 NAPM Condemns State-Sponsored Mob-violence On Bela Bhatia And​ ​Human Rights Activists, Academics And Adivasis In Bastar

 NAPM Condemns State-Sponsored Mob-violence On Bela Bhatia And​ ​Human Rights Activists, Academics And Adivasis In Bastar

The National Alliance of People’s Movements strongly condemns the multiple, brazen acts of intimidation directed at well-known academic and activist Bela Bhatia in Bastar including the most recent attack a few days back at her house in Parpa village by a belligerent mob of 30 goons. Clearly, this direct ultimatum and threat to Bela to “leave Parpa (Bastar) within 24[Read More…]

Fact Finding Report On Attack On Lawyers In Chhattisgarh Released

Fact Finding Report On Attack On Lawyers In Chhattisgarh Released

On 24th January, 2017 a demonstration and Hall meeting was organized by the INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE’S LAWYERS (IAPL) in Mumbai to mark the “International Day of the Endangered Lawyer”. A fact finding report by IAPL (see attachment) “on the attack of Lawyers in Chhattisgarh” was released by Advocate Mihir Desai. While releasing the report, Advocate Desai mentioned that though[Read More…]

Recent Attacks On Bela Bhatia And Abusive Responses By IG Kalluri In Bastar

Recent Attacks On Bela Bhatia And Abusive Responses By IG Kalluri In Bastar

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression condemns the recent attack against Bela Bhatia, a researcher and activist, based in Bastar, Chhattisgarh. On the 23rd of January, 2017, a group of 30-odd men attacked Bela near her house. They barged into her house violently, and threatened to burn the building down if she did not leave immediately. The mob also[Read More…]

I Was Kidnapped To Subvert Bhangar Movement: KN Ramachandran

I Was Kidnapped To Subvert Bhangar Movement: KN Ramachandran

When I reached Kolkata station on 22nd January from Lucknow by Nangal Dam to Kolkata Express at 5.15 pm and was walking to the place where our comrades were waiting, 5-6 men overpowered me, closed my mouth , blind folded and took in a Tata Sumi for an hour to one building in the outskirts of the city I presume.[Read More…]

Social Activist Bela Bhatia Attacked At Home In Bastar, Asked To Leave In 24 Hours

Social Activist Bela Bhatia Attacked At Home In Bastar, Asked To Leave In 24 Hours

Just a couple of days after she helped a team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate complaints of rapes by the security forces near Bijapur (South Chhattisgarh), Bela Bhatia was told by a mob of goons to leave her house in Parpa village outside Jagdalpur or face the consequences. Already two days ago, goons had come to[Read More…]

Myanmar: A scribe’s Murder And Its Aftermath

Myanmar: A scribe’s Murder And Its Aftermath

Guwahati: Killing of media persons in the Indian subcontinent is no unusual happening as it annually losses around ten journalists to assailants. India, Pakistan and Afghanistan often lead the list of victims with additional inputs from Bangladesh and Myanmar, where Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Tibet (under China) and Nepal normally maintain their no-journo killing index. Myanmar (also known as Burma[Read More…]

Three Denials And Discussion Denied

Three Denials And Discussion Denied

The denial of clemency for Leonard Peltier — courtesy of Obama — inspired me to write this piece, along with the denial of Climate Change on the part of the new U.S. Administration. But the Big Denial not talked about much is the one which is embraced by well-meaning, highly educated and deeply experienced activists and concerned citizens, along with[Read More…]

Scoundrels Of Patriotism: The Freeing Of Chelsea Manning

Scoundrels Of Patriotism: The Freeing Of Chelsea Manning

‘Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.’ Samuel Johnson, Apr 7, 1775 in Boswell’s Life of Johnson. He might have had a sharp attack of conscience, but President Barack Obama decided, in the flickering days of his administration, to do good by Chelsea Manning, forever linked to WikiLeaks and the disclosure of US military war logs and 250,000 state[Read More…]

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

President Barack Obama has commuted noted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, and Manning will be released on May 17 of this year. Human rights defenders, government watchdogs, and LGBTQ advocates have long been pushing Obama to commute Manning’s 35-year sentence, particularly as Manning, who is transgender and is being denied appropriate healthcare in military prison, has attempted suicide twice in[Read More…]

Rally To Close Guantanamo At U.S. Supreme Court

Rally To Close Guantanamo At U.S. Supreme Court

On January 11, 2017, a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantanamo attorneys, 9/11 family members, and members of diverse faith communities held a “Rally to Close Guantanamo” outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The rally was followed by a march to the Senate Building where the confirmation hearing of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General was[Read More…]

Protesters call for the liberation of Oscar López River in Washington D.C. in October 2016. (Photo by Matt Peppe)

Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars As Obama’s Term Nears End

In the last full week of Barack Obama’s eight year tenure as President of the United States of America, dozens of political prisoners still sit in cages across the nation’s prisons, rotting away as Obama consciously chooses not to exercise the power to simply free them with the stroke of a pen. Many activists for Puerto Rican independence, Native American[Read More…]

UN System Owes Sri Lankan Tamils Remedial Justice

UN System Owes Sri Lankan Tamils Remedial Justice

“In the end, it comes down to values, as was said so many times today. We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.”  ANTÓNIO GUTERRES – New UN Secretary General It is very sad that UN an international institution particularly was initiated[Read More…]

The Arrest Of Advocate Murugan And Charging Him With UAPA Is Condemned

The Arrest Of Advocate Murugan And Charging Him With UAPA Is Condemned

Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights – Tamil Nadu, (CPDR-TN) strongly condemns the arrest of Advocate Murugan, Secretary Centre for Protection of Civil Liberties (CPCL), on 8th January by the Tamilnadu Q branch police. The police had gone to his house in the early morning 4 o’clock, in the pretext of search operations with the search warrant order from Karur[Read More…]

Open Letter To Chief Justice Of India On The Arrest Of Activists Of The Telangana Democratic Front

Open Letter To Chief Justice Of India On The Arrest Of Activists Of The Telangana Democratic Front

In continuation with our previous two petitions dated 22nd February 2016 and 26th February 2016, we wish to draw you attention to the consistent erosion of rule of law and constitutional freedoms in Chhattisgarh in the wake of continuing attacks on civil rights defenders by the state police and administration in close collusion with the vigilante groups like the Samajik Ekta Manch and AGNI. In the most recent case of attack, on 25th December, 2016 a 7 member fact finding team was arrested by the Telangana police at Dummaguddem village of Bhadrachalam district at 6 pm and handed over to the Sukma Police (Chhattisgarh State).

NHRC Indicts Chhattisgarh Police For Sexual Violence Against Adivasi Women In Bastar

NHRC Indicts Chhattisgarh Police For Sexual Violence Against Adivasi Women In Bastar

WSS welcomes the decisive intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in cases of sexual violence against Adivasi women by police and security forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. Validating our assertion that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Bastar, the Commission has held the State government “vicariously liable” for gross violations of human[Read More…]

Three Remaining Cultural Activists Of Kabir Kala Manch Granted Bail

Three Remaining Cultural Activists Of Kabir Kala Manch Granted Bail

The Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), a Pune based cultural troupe made up of Dalit and working class musicians and poets came together after the anti-Muslim Gujarat pogroms of 2002. Their songs became more militant due to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of anti-Dalit atrocities at Ramabai Nagar in 1997 and Khairlanji in 2006. Some of these songs and performances[Read More…]

Bastar Police Continue Their Vendetta Against Women Human Rights Defenders

Bastar Police Continue Their Vendetta Against Women Human Rights Defenders

Clearly rattled by the mounting body of evidence of blatant violations of the rule of law and Constitutional rights under the cover of anti-Maoist operations, the Bastar police has launched a no-holds-barred attempt to silence all those who are calling them to account. Advocate Shalini Gera and her colleagues of JagLAG who were in Jagdalpur in connection with a case[Read More…]

Wakeup Call

Wakeup Call

People early on learn the Golden Rule, essentially to treat others (regardless of differences) as you wish to be treated. This idea is found in many religions as well. For example, love and compassion, not hatred and coldness, are a key part of Jesus’ teachings as well as part of other religions. The outcome of the recent election has served[Read More…]

The Case Against Aadhaar

The Case Against Aadhaar

If there is one document that has proliferated in India more than anything else, it is the Aadhaar card. Touted initially as a technological solution to the menace of corruption in welfare programmes, it has slowly emerged, quite unannounced, as an identification number for all citizens. It has found widespread acceptance and appears to have become the new normal. The[Read More…]

Bring Back Najeeb: 2.5 Months Of Criminal State Delay-Silence?

Bring Back Najeeb: 2.5 Months Of Criminal State Delay-Silence?

Govt. of India accountable for Najeeb’s continued ‘disappearance’. NAPM condemns institutional impunity to right-wing hooligans in university-educational spaces and increasing repression of politically-articulate students from marginalized communities 27th December, 2016: The National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns the criminal delay and silence of the Government of India, Delhi Police and JNU administration on the ‘disappearance’ of Najeeb Ahmad from 15th[Read More…]

CDRO Condemns The Arrest Of Fact Finding Team

CDRO Condemns The Arrest Of Fact Finding Team

CDRO strongly condemns the arrest of a 7 member Fact Finding team by the Telangana police at Dummagudem village of Bhadrachalam district on 25th December, 2016 at 6 pm and in turn handing them over to the Sukma Police (Chhattisgarh State). We also strongly object to the way Sukma Police foisted false cases against the Fact Finding team members under[Read More…]

Arrest Of The Entire Team Of Civil Rights Activists Deplorable

Arrest Of The Entire Team Of Civil Rights Activists Deplorable

We are stunned by the temerity of the state to arrest well known civil rights activists while on the way to Bastar for fact finding into the recent encounter killings. While they were detained by Telangana Police they were handed over to Chhattisgarh to be charged under the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act (CSPSA). In its characteristic style the[Read More…]

Attack On St. Louis Homeless Foreshadows Things To Come

Attack On St. Louis Homeless Foreshadows Things To Come

The sub-freezing temperature was dropping.  As the snow began to fall, many felt their hands were too cold to hold signs during the December 17 action.  Two dozen had answered the Green Party call to picket the mayor of St. Louis for his efforts to close down New Life Evangelistic Center, the city’s homeless “shelter-of-last-resort.”  They knew things would be[Read More…]

Illegal Arrest Of Human Rights Protectors In Telangana

Illegal Arrest Of Human Rights Protectors In Telangana

The PUCL strongly condemns the illegal, unprovoked and malicious arrest by the Telangana police of a 7-member team of lawyers, journalists and human rights activists belonging to the Telangana Democratic Forum and other organisations on 25th December, 2016 at Dummagudam village of Bhadrachalam District of Telangana who were planning to visit Chhattisgarh to enquire into complaints of human rights violations[Read More…]

Taking Minority Rights Seriously

Taking Minority Rights Seriously

Yet another minority rights day passed on December 18 and minorities still continue to suffer from discrimination and exclusion. They are even subjected to genocidal attacks in this modern age. The State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples– 2016 published by the Minority Rights Group International, a London based international human rights organization asserts that “the unique cultures of minorities[Read More…]

To Resist And Live, But Not To Disappear

To Resist And Live, But Not To Disappear

More recently, the series of incidents that have happened in Kerala is highly alarming about the times we live in. There have been a series of arrests in Kerala under the current CPM Government on the allegations of disrespecting national anthem, supporting the Maoists and on suspicions of Maoist links following the shocking Nilambur fake encounter killing

Press Council Of India Fails Its Mandate

Press Council Of India Fails Its Mandate

Geneva / Hong Kong: The Right Livelihood Award Foundation has been at the forefront of support for press freedom, globally. This is showcased in the jury decision this year to honour Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, as well as in the selection of recent Laureates Amy Goodman and The Guardian. Awards apart, there are other ways in which the Foundation has looked[Read More…]

Stop The Intimidation And Harassment Of Kathputli Colony Residents

Stop The Intimidation And Harassment Of Kathputli Colony Residents

PUDR notes with concern the intimidation of the residents of Kathputli colony by the Delhi police since the night of 18 December. While Police presence was visible in and around Kathputli colony for the past few days, the police were deployed in large numbers (approx. 250 police personnel) on 18th night and barricades around the colony were erected. The next morning,[Read More…]

ForgottenPrisoners Of Iran Renew Hunger Strike To Raise Their Voice To The World

ForgottenPrisoners Of Iran Renew Hunger Strike To Raise Their Voice To The World

  Given the convergence of regional interests between Western countries and Iran, the world needs to understand the human rights atrocities committed by the Iranian regime that all too often receive scant attention. Iran’s crimes against  the oppressed none Persian  nations remain hidden, rarely reported and never addressed. What political prisoners of none Persian ethnicities are subjected to comprises a[Read More…]

Rohingya Tragedy And Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Buddy’ Solution

Rohingya Tragedy And Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Buddy’ Solution

Persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar is continuing with impunityand without a break. Dieng and Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, have confirmed these atrocities and “requested independent UN investigations on the alleged ‘ethnic cleansing’ and other mass atrocities in the Rohingya region of Rakhine State”. But Aung San Suu Kyi has remained defiant to an extent[Read More…]

Decline Of Human Rights Protection Regime

Decline Of Human Rights Protection Regime

The recent summoning of Chhattisgarh officials by the National Human Rights Commissions (NHRC) for abuse of power is significant due to the expectations from human rights protection institutions in the country to deliver on their mandate. However, concerned officials may never appear before the commission to explain their conduct indicating a steep decline in human rights protection regime in the[Read More…]

mothers and children inside a Kabul refugee camp Photo credit: Henrietta Cullinan

Human Rights Day, A Call To Care

December 10th marks the U.N. Human Rights Day, celebrating and upholding the indispensable and crucial declaration of universal human rights.On the eve of this event, I visited a refugee camp housing 700 families in Kabul. Conditions in refugee camps can be deplorable, intolerable. Here, the situation is best described as surreal. As I approach the entrance to the camp with my friends[Read More…]

11 August, 1992: ABVA organized the first ever protest demonstration in India condemning police atrocities on gay people, at Police Headquarters, New Delhi

Gay Manifesto & International Human Rights Day

Co-Written by Shobha Aggarwal & Dr. P.S. Sahni 11 August, 1992: ABVA organized the first ever protest demonstration in India condemning police atrocities on gay people, at Police Headquarters, New Delhi Twenty-five years ago in November-December 1991, the AIDS BhedbhavVirodhiAndolan (AIDS Anti-discrimination Movement, ABVA) brought out the first Report titled ‘Less Than Gay’ on the status of homosexuality in India,[Read More…]

Kashmir: Human Rights Observed In Breach

Kashmir: Human Rights Observed In Breach

Physicians for Human rights (PHR) is a New-York based, nobel peace prize  winner, international organization which attempts to use Science & Medicine to prevent human rights violations around the world.  In its  report of December 2016, Kashmir has found a special mention with respect to latest intifada post killing of Burhan Wani in July 2016. The relevant extracts of the[Read More…]

Fact Finding Report Of GASS On Child Deaths in Malkangiri

Fact Finding Report Of GASS On Child Deaths in Malkangiri

The government of Odisha has failed to check deaths of children due to an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the district of  Malkangiri. A total of 136 children have succumbed to JE over the past three months but the government’s response has been pathetic. This is not for the first time that we have been witness to gross governmental[Read More…]

Political Prisoners To Go On Hunger Strike, Protesting Nilambur Encounter Killings

Political Prisoners To Go On Hunger Strike, Protesting Nilambur Encounter Killings

On 24 November 2016, two Maoist leaders were killed by Kerala’s Thunderbolt police in Nilambur forest area. Kuppu Devaraj, a senior member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), and Ajitha, a woman leader of the group’s Karnataka wing were those killed. They do not have any cases registered against them in Kerala state. However, the[Read More…]

The Virtue Of Protest: Democracy, Refugees And Australia’s Parliament

The Virtue Of Protest: Democracy, Refugees And Australia’s Parliament

There is no greater single human rights dilemma facing the Australian parliament at the moment: refugees, declining, mouldering, decaying in detention centres in carceral conditions, being shifted, carted, moved from one base to another, from one nation state to another.  Camps funded with Australian tax payer dollars.  Camps run by privatised security firms and brutal local police forces. The message[Read More…]

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Bhopal Encounter: Fact Finding Report

Bhopal Encounter: Fact Finding Report

News broke on 31st October 2016 that eight inmates of Bhopal Central Prison had escaped in the middle of the previous night. All these inmates were alleged to be members of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India. The inmates were all under-trials and were held in the terror cell of the B wing of the high security jail. By[Read More…]

The Rohingyas: Act Now To Stop The Genocide!

The Rohingyas: Act Now To Stop The Genocide!

There is increasing recognition of the fact that ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Rohingyas, — A GENOCIDE  — is taking place in Rakhine, Myanmar. A number of groups and individuals are coming to terms with this grim reality especially after the “evidence of a new reign of terror and wholesale destruction of communities exercised by the Myanmar state against the Rohingya[Read More…]

Ahwazi Activists Arrested

Ahwazi Activists Arrested

Large numbers of Ahwazi activists have reportedly been arrested in the latest coordinated series of raids on homes by Iranian regime intelligence agents in recent days, with the regime’s thugs transferring those detained to unknown locations. Sources told Ahwazna website  that in one of the recent incidents, regime agents raided the home of an activist identified as 22-year-old Mohammed Sari[Read More…]

Govt. of India And Orissa: Act Now: Prevent Child Deaths In Malkangiri

Govt. of India And Orissa: Act Now: Prevent Child Deaths In Malkangiri

NAPM condemns state and ‘expert’ apathy on deaths of hundreds of adivasi children in Malkangiri: Demands immediate medical relief and justice Apex Court must intervene urgently: State must declare medical emergency 23rd Nov, 2016: The National Alliance of People’s Movements is extremely pained and concerned about the rising number of deaths of adivasi children in the tribal district of Malkangiri,[Read More…]

Restoring The Kingdom Of Hawaii versus Fake Hawaiian Statehood Day

Restoring The Kingdom Of Hawaii versus Fake Hawaiian Statehood Day

Edited Transcripts of speeches Professor Francis A. Boyle gave in Hawaii August 20 and August 21, 2016 Townhall Meeting with the Nation of Hawaii at Waimanalo Saturday August 20, 2016 Bumpy [Kanahele] asked me to speak at the [Iolani] Palace tomorrow and I said I would, no problem there. But I said, how about if I come out a day[Read More…]

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Ahwazi Sports Champ Offers To Sell Kidney For Mother’s Treatment

Ahwazi Sports Champ Offers To Sell Kidney For Mother’s Treatment

According to a shocking report circulated widely on social media and Iranian news websites, a prominent Ahwazi martial arts champion has offered to sell one of his kidneys due to poverty and unemployment. Adnan Amiri, who has won kickboxing trophies both in Iran itself and competing for the country internationally, said that he feels driven to the desperate measure since[Read More…]

Iran Launches Multiple Oil Projects In Ahwaz While Ahwazis Sink In Poverty

Iran Launches Multiple Oil Projects In Ahwaz While Ahwazis Sink In Poverty

Young unemployed people of Ahwaz have protested against widespread poverty and disenfranchisement during President Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to oil facilities in Howeyzeh, west of Ahwaz, on 13th November.   The demonstrators, who came from the neighboring villages around the giant oil facilities, held up banners with slogans denouncing the heinous practices of confiscation of agricultural lands for the benefit of[Read More…]

Pink, Akira And Ten Years Of Police Reform In India 

Pink, Akira And Ten Years Of Police Reform In India 

Pink and Akira, two recent Bollywood hit films, depict an ugly reality of the police in India. It seems much has not changed in country for the last ten years since the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh case ordered in September 2006 that the police must be made functionally autonomous and accountable by enacting new police laws. After 1947, Indian[Read More…]

Ahwazi Student Beaten Unconscious By Iranian Regime Forces For Selling Flowers

Ahwazi Student Beaten Unconscious By Iranian Regime Forces For Selling Flowers

A young Ahwazi Arab student was critically injured on Friday when he was brutally assaulted by Iranian regime municipal officers while selling flowers in order to help feed his family. According to Ahwazi human rights activists, the student, identified as Alireza Sawari, was selling flowers and plants at the entrance to the Behesht Abad cemetery when municipal officials arrived and[Read More…]

Stop The Witch Hunt Against Prof. Nandini Sundar, Prof. Archana Prasad And Others: PUCL

Stop The Witch Hunt Against Prof. Nandini Sundar, Prof. Archana Prasad And Others: PUCL

The People’s Union of Civil Liberties strongly condemns the action of the Chhattisgarh police in registering an FIR (Cr. No. 27/2016 PS Tongpal dated 5.11.2016) against DU Professor Nandini Sundar, JNU Professor Archana Prasad (also of AIDWA), Vineet Tiwari of the Joshi-Adhikar Institute and of the CPI, and Sanjay Parate of the CPI(M), villagers Mangla of Soutenar Namapara and Manju[Read More…]

FIR Against Nandini Sundar And Others Is A Clear Act Of Vengeance

FIR Against Nandini Sundar And Others Is A Clear Act Of Vengeance

Press release by Campaign for Peace and Justice in Chhattisgarh (CPJC) and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) Giving a whole new turn to the on-going attacks on activists, local leaders and journalists in Bastar, Chhattisgarh Police has now filed an FIR against Nandini Sundar (Professor of Sociology, DU), Archana Prasad (JNU Professor), Vineet Tiwari (Joshi Adhikar Institute[Read More…]

FIR Filed By Chhattisgarh Police Against Human Rights Activists Is Sheer Vendetta

FIR Filed By Chhattisgarh Police Against Human Rights Activists Is Sheer Vendetta

We the Undersigned, strongly condemn the absurd charges of‘criminal conspiracy and murder’ against highly respected academics and social activists by the Chhattisgarh police in the case of murder of Shamnath Baghel by unknown persons on 4th November. None of the following named in the FIR – Dr Nandini Sundar, Head of the Department of Sociology, Delhi University; Dr Archana Prasad,[Read More…]

PUCL Opposes Political Appointees To The NHRC

PUCL Opposes Political Appointees To The NHRC

The PUCL strongly condemns the decision of the Government of India to nominate active politician and Vice President of the BJP, Sh. Avinash Rai Khanna, as the member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), for a post that has been kept vacant by the Government for the last two years. This decision is another sinister attempt by the present[Read More…]

The Incapacity Of Indian Jails

The Incapacity Of Indian Jails

I won’t be wrong if I comment that our Indian Jails have been a haven or a temporary home to many of the guilty, under trials and also to those, against whom the system has failed to prove the charges thereby spending their years of sorrow within the confines of darkness and doom. When prison population goes beyond its authorized[Read More…]

Malakangiri Was A Massacre, Finds Fact Finding Team

Malakangiri Was A Massacre, Finds Fact Finding Team

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) and the Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sanghatan (GASS) demand that Greyhounds police personnel responsible for the killing of 27 Maoists and at least four civilians on the early morning of October 24, 2016 in the forest abutting Ramaguda village of Andrapalli panchayat in the “cut-off” area of Malkangiri district in Odisha be booked under relevant penal sections of the law including 302 IPC (murder) and the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) and prosecuted.

Bhopal Encounter Killings And Rule Of Law

Bhopal Encounter Killings And Rule Of Law

The fact that the Madhya Pradesh state government has shed even the pretence of fair-trial, a cornerstone of the rule of law, has emerged as the only uncontested truth four days after the incredulous police encounter that resulted in the killing of 8 under-trial jail escapees. The circumstances of the reported jailbreak from the supposedly highest security prison in the[Read More…]

Myanmar Police To Arm, Train Non-Muslims In Conflict Area Of Rakhine State

Myanmar Police To Arm, Train Non-Muslims In Conflict Area Of Rakhine State

In Myanmar government has decided to arm and train the non Muslim local people in order to enhance the security in the Rakhine State where the ethnic problems between the Rohingya Muslims and Buddhist residents prevail. The move is being treated as to crush the Rohingya Muslims who have been denied any substantial rights within the state and the ethnic[Read More…]

Amila Sampath

A Man Who Makes Videos To Tell The Agony Of Oppression!

  “I make videos, that’s my tool, I believe this is one of the significant ways to raise the voice of the voiceless,” the man  behind a remarkable work on recording, editing and publishing the stories of the victims of suppressed society across Asia, has started narrating. Amila Sampath, a young journalist hailed from the southern part of Sri Lanka[Read More…]

PUCL Demands Judicial Enquiry Into Malkangiri Encounter Killings

PUCL Demands Judicial Enquiry Into Malkangiri Encounter Killings

PUCL expresses its strongest sense of outrage and condemnation for the killing of about 39 members of the CPI (Maoist) party and other Adivasis near Balimela reservoir in Malkangiri district of Odisha close to the Odisha – AP border on 24th October, 2016. Though the police claim that the killings were a result of a sudden encounter and resultant fire-fight,[Read More…]

Human Rights Group Alarmed At Extra-Judicial Killings Of MQM Workers’ By Para-Military Force In Pakistan

Human Rights Group Alarmed At Extra-Judicial Killings Of MQM Workers’ By Para-Military Force In Pakistan

Human right groups are alarmed at the spate of deaths of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers in the custody of para-military force in Karachi. The MQM has called these brutal deaths as extra-judicial killings. On September 30, Syed Abdul Naveed, a MQM worker who was killed in the custody of para-military force. According to MQM sources, Naveed was brutally[Read More…]

No Action On Ongoing Repression Of Myanmar’s Muslims

No Action On Ongoing Repression Of Myanmar’s Muslims

In one of its recent reporting the Guardian reports that at the entrance to Thaungtan village in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta a brand-new signasserts, “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” Al-Jajeera also reports of similar rise in systematic eviction, rape, loot and arson of Rohingyas (the Muslim ethnic minority of Myanmar’s Delta)[Read More…]

Bastar: From Burning Villages To Burning Effigies

Bastar: From Burning Villages To Burning Effigies

 PUDR strongly condemns the burning of the effigies of activists and a journalist by the Chhatissgarh Auxiliary police force across Bastar in a widely publicised ‘offical protest on 24th October. This show of strength by state forces against civilians was the latest and most brazen example of the patronage extended by the government  and its systematic fostering of  a Police[Read More…]

Iranian Regime Forces Shoot A 3-Year-Old Girl Dead, Arrest Her Father

Iranian Regime Forces Shoot A 3-Year-Old Girl Dead, Arrest Her Father

Ahwazi human rights activists have reported the murder of a three-year-old girl, Raghad Abbas (pictured), who died instantly on being shot through the heart as she sat in the back of her parents’ car when Iranian security forces opened fire indiscriminately on the vehicle on Monday October 24th.  Her father, Abbas Hassan Mashal Al-Sari, aged 41, who was driving the[Read More…]

Journalist Rana Ayyub’s Talk In Doha Cancelled Allegedly Under Pressure From Government Of India

Journalist Rana Ayyub’s Talk In Doha Cancelled Allegedly Under Pressure From Government Of India

  Emminent Indian journalist and author, Ms. Rana Ayyub’s talk at the Indian Cultural Centre, Doha on October 22nd was allegedly cancelled by the Embassy of India, Doha, at the very last minute. Alleging stifle of freedom of expression at the behest of the Government of India, Rana took to social media to vent her irk and made the news[Read More…]

Report from the Refugee Camp In Calais, France–“The Jungle”

Report from the Refugee Camp In Calais, France–“The Jungle”

Sabia Rigby reports from Calais as police are dismantling a camp where refugees wait to cross into Britain. Most of those aiming to claim asylum are from Afghanistan and Syria. The camp has become an impromptu village of sorts, where residents take care of each other. Despite the independent nature of the camp and its non-interference with most of French[Read More…]

President Obama: Before The Empire Falls, Free Leonard Peltier And Mumia Abu-Jamal

President Obama: Before The Empire Falls, Free Leonard Peltier And Mumia Abu-Jamal

Man, I dream of just being able to paint. Go to sleep when I want, get up when I want, eat when I want. Try to enjoy what’s left for me. Talk to the little children—be an elder for my people.—Leonard Peltier, United States Penitentiary, Coleman I in Florida, July 4, 2016. This is not a good time to be[Read More…]

No To Executions In Ahwaz:  Ahwazis Protest Outside German Parliament

No To Executions In Ahwaz:  Ahwazis Protest Outside German Parliament

Ahwazi freedom activists and supporters held a mass demonstration against Iranian regime executions outside the German Parliament in Berlin on Friday, with many members of the country’s Arab communities joining their call for freedom and human rights. Protesters at the demonstration, entitled ‘No to Executions in Ahwaz’, organised by the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), carried[Read More…]

Need For Zero Discrimination In Education

Need For Zero Discrimination In Education

There still exists a lack of effective monitoring mechanisms: ill-treatment, neglect (despite RTE banning discrimination); disabilities not ensured – ‘remains a distant priority among school authorities’ – not enough done to bring and keep girls in classrooms

“Today Is One Of The Heaviest Days Of My Life”

“Today Is One Of The Heaviest Days Of My Life”

I’ve written often about our Iraqi refugee friend and his oldest son from Baghdad. I will call them Mohammed and Ahmed. They made the torturous flight last year from Baghdad to Kurdistan and then across Turkey. They were on three Greek islands before permission was granted them to continue their trip. They passed through several countries at the time the[Read More…]

Anti-Coal Power Plant Activist Threatened With Death In Banlgadesh: Ensure Safety Of Anu Muhammad

Anti-Coal Power Plant Activist Threatened With Death In Banlgadesh: Ensure Safety Of Anu Muhammad

On 13 October 2016, Anu Muhammad received two messages on his phone from the same number. The first one was sent at approximately 1 am and stated “Death keeps no calendar, and Ansatullah knows no time!”. The second one was sent at 8.43 pm, when he was on his way to Rampura police station to file a complaint about the first threat. It said “Say ‘yes’ to Rampal, otherwise, you must will be hacked to death incredibly by us!”.

#RallyForAleppo Outside Downing Street On Saturday

#RallyForAleppo Outside Downing Street On Saturday

Join people from all across the UK who care about the lives of innocent people and #RallyForAleppo outside Downing Street on Saturday, October 22. This is the chance to take a giant stride towards stopping the heartbreaking violence in Syria. In Aleppo, hundreds of bombs are being dropped every day on a population roughly the size of Coventry – this[Read More…]

Nauru, Refugees And The Torture Complex

Nauru, Refugees And The Torture Complex

Two items of interest have tickled the airwaves and triggered some commentary over the last few days. The first was an ABC Four Corners program covering the fate of refugees in the detention facility on Nauru, known euphemistically as a “processing centre” costing $35.3 million a year to the Australian tax payer. The Four Corners program was, in turn, informed[Read More…]

I Am 16, Dalit, And A Video Of Me Being Tortured In Class Went Viral

I Am 16, Dalit, And A Video Of Me Being Tortured In Class Went Viral

I am 16 years old, a student of a government school in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. For the last few days, everyone wants to know why I was beaten so mercilessly and why I kept silent for so long. Well, I am exhausted and frustrated from repeating my story time and again – for the cops, for my classmates, for the[Read More…]

Covering, And Exposing, Atrocity: Australian Commandos Come Forward

Covering, And Exposing, Atrocity: Australian Commandos Come Forward

Kevin Frost, a special forces sergeant in the Australian Army, has done something unusual. He wishes, even demands, to be tried for his role behind the summary execution of an Afghan prisoner in his captivity during a tour of the country. From Frost came a statement to an inquiry digging through allegations of war crimes by Australian troops that took[Read More…]

Maldives Leaves Commonwealth On The Issue Of Human Rights Violations

Maldives Leaves Commonwealth On The Issue Of Human Rights Violations

Maldives has finally decided to quit the Commonwealth, the oldest political organization, an organization of 53 countries and presently a transformed institution since the time of imperialism , a group of voluntarily organized nations about which Pt. Nehru had said that ‘it is an organization which we can join or leave at our own free will.’ Maldives perhaps had learnt[Read More…]

Policies Of Exclusion Challenged Across The Board And Across The Border

Policies Of Exclusion Challenged Across The Board And Across The Border

On the morning of Oct. 8, a group of US veterans who were deported to Mexico, in some cases after having fought in U.S. wars, congregated in Plaza Ochoa, Nogales, Sonora. They were joined by members of Dreamer Moms International, which advocates for women deported while their children stayed in the U.S., by the Mesoamerica Migrants’ Movement, and by other[Read More…]

Hazaribgh Police Firing – Jharkhand Government Waged War On Its Own People

Hazaribgh Police Firing – Jharkhand Government Waged War On Its Own People

Days after the Jharkhand police opened fire on farmers protesting land acquisition for coal mines by the National Thermal Power Corporation in Badkagaon, Hazaribagh, on 1st October 2016 resulting in several deaths, the demonstrators are still shocked at what they claim was the excessive use of force by the administration.

Seetu Hemla's mother, sukli

A Trail Of Blood And Pain.. Field Notes From Bastar

Sukli Hemla of Palnar village (Bijapur) remembers that as a widowed woman, she had done everything to save her son when he would fall ill during his childhood. But when on July 5th 2016, the security forces tied his hands and dragged him away, while they were together working in the rice fields, she could do nothing to save him.[Read More…]

In this era of growing polarisation, fear and prejudice, there are many ordinary citizens who stand in solidarity with refugees as they are forced from their homelands, stepping in with volunteering and rescue efforts where governments have failed. (Photo: streets.life)

Standing In Solidarity For A Humanity Without Borders

Following the first ever United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants last week, many civil society organisations and concerned citizens are taking stock of our government’s collective response to this unprecedented global crisis. The UN Summit was two years in the making, and gave a rare opportunity for world leaders to step up their commitments to help refugees, as well[Read More…]

Punishing The Punished: Chelsea Manning’s Fate

Punishing The Punished: Chelsea Manning’s Fate

“Essentially she is now being tortured as punishment for an act of desperation.” Nancy Hollander, lawyer for Chelsea Manning, Sep 24, 2016 It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material. (People have gotten less for gruesome, remorseless murders.) [Read More…]

Building On The UN Summit To Address Large Movements Of Refugees And Migrants

Building On The UN Summit To Address Large Movements Of Refugees And Migrants

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly held a one-day Summit on « Addressing Large Movements o Refugees and Migrants » – a complex of issues which have become important and emotional issues in many countries. Restrictive migration policies deny many migrants the possibility of acquiring a regular migrant status, and as a result, the migrants end up being[Read More…]

Yazidi Camp Sharya In Duhok Iraq / Kurdistan Doing Well, But Needs Improvement

Yazidi Camp Sharya In Duhok Iraq / Kurdistan Doing Well, But Needs Improvement

The Yazidi people are an ethno-religious group resulting from a mixture of Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism. They are monotheistic, worshipping one God and a prophet named Sheikh Adi Ibn Musafir Al-Umawi. Their holy text includes Jesus, Mary, Adam and Eve, Moses, Mohammed, and other prophets shared in monotheism. The Yazidis have resided in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan since Mesopotamian times, along with[Read More…]

Bartering On Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution

Bartering On Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution

“We will also participate in a US-led program to re-settle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica.” Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, Sep 21, 2016 It used to be claimed that you could not let the former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, go anywhere with any degree of freedom. The mouth would open, the madness would come out.  His[Read More…]

Assange, Manning And Snowden; Standing Up For The Conscience Of Truthtellers

Assange, Manning And Snowden; Standing Up For The Conscience Of Truthtellers

Last week, Oliver Stone’s biopic “Snowden” hit the theaters. The film illuminates the life of Edward Snowden between 2004 and 2013, aiming to humanize one of the most wanted men in the world. Just before its release, a public campaign was launched urging President Obama to pardon this renowned NSA whistleblower. The massive US government persecution of truthtellers over the[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike Against Prison Conditions

Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike Against Prison Conditions

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning announced she began a hunger strike in protest of her prison conditions as she serves a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents. Advocacy group Fight for the Future shared a statement from the 28-year-old transgender woman as she demanded written assurances from the Army she will receive all of the medically prescribed recommendations for her[Read More…]

Free Homa Hoodfar

Free Homa Hoodfar

At the end of August, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to six Latin American countries: Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, and Venezuela. On what was mainly a business tour, Zarif discussed megaprojects like the Grand Interoceanic canal. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said that “Iran has such a position that it can pick its political friends and trade[Read More…]

Media Clampdown: Modi Regime And Broadcast Journalists

Media Clampdown: Modi Regime And Broadcast Journalists

Since the campaign to push and promote Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate began, and was remorselessly funded by corporate houses from 2013 on, the current dominant Indian political regime’s relationship with an autonomous media has been the subject matter of furious debate. Heavy corporate investment in the election campaign and the same corporate share in television network holdings[Read More…]

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Ban Ki Moon’s Apollonian Speech At BMICH Colombo

Ban Ki Moon’s Apollonian Speech At BMICH Colombo

UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon’s speech at the Bandaranayake International Memorial Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo to citizens of the South of Sri-Lanka showed that he has revived his Eastern wisdom. He tactfully told the audience that Sri-Lanka was responsible for part of the war crimes that was committed in the past. The crimes against the minorities reached[Read More…]

A Democracy That Discriminates And Disgraces Citizens Even In Death

A Democracy That Discriminates And Disgraces Citizens Even In Death

Unable to pay the ambulance drivers INR 1500, or around USD 22, a young mother was forced to sit out the night with her child’s dead body outside a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district. This happened less than two weeks after a nationwide outrage over the ordeal of a tribal man named Dana Majhi thousands of kilometers away, in[Read More…]

Human Rights Violations:Solidarity Youth Movement Releases Rights Manifesto

Human Rights Violations:Solidarity Youth Movement Releases Rights Manifesto

Our dreams of Justice and Democracy is only becoming more extinct every day. By neglecting the civil right and enforcing atrocious terror laws, the state is exercising despotism over the lives of the citizens. These laws were established in 1857 to suppress the struggles of India’s First War of Independence. These were the terror laws that were cooked by the[Read More…]

Relentless Racism Never End

Relentless Racism Never End

The Indian e-commerce company Flipkart which was ridiculed last year for sending a sexist email to female customers has done it again, this time with an offensive advertisement that reinforces the stereotype of Gorkha/Chowkidar. The advertisements designed to promote the recently launched “Flipkart Assured” customer loyalty service had insensitively characterized Gorkhas in the role of security guard.  Though it is[Read More…]

Will The Music Be Heard Again In Chhattisgarh?

Will The Music Be Heard Again In Chhattisgarh?

There are many of us educated urbanites who haven’t even heard about places like the Bastar region in Chhattisgarh. The reasons are obvious. The mainstream media hardly reports about the region and makes sure that reports from local journalists and stringers are censored if not silenced. Recent reports of false cases being used to arrest journalists in Chhattisgarh is a[Read More…]

An Honest And Simple Test For Racism And Casteism

An Honest And Simple Test For Racism And Casteism

I thought of giving the more provocative title of—Are you a racist or casteist, here is a simple test for you—but decided to go with the more sober title that you see. Most of us do not want to be painted with a racist or a casteist paint brush and would not express such brash opinions even if we harbor[Read More…]

Ahwazi Protesters Demonstrate Against Recent Iranian Executions At Iran’s Embassy In Brussels

Ahwazi Protesters Demonstrate Against Recent Iranian Executions At Iran’s Embassy In Brussels

Members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) held a demonstration in front of the Iranian regime’s embassy in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Friday August 26 to condemn the execution of three more sons of the Ahwazi resistance. The three young men, identified as Qais Disher Saleh, Ahmed Disher Saleh and Sajjad Hamid Saleh, were[Read More…]

Unwanted Images: The Nauru Incident Reports

Unwanted Images: The Nauru Incident Reports

When the first reports came through about the unfolding Holocaust during the Second World War, audiences were incredulous.  Surely no industrialised society could quite go so far?  Killings, yes; butcheries, certainly.  But a mass-scale industrialised gassing and massacring of whole populations was simply not tenable.  The same treatment could be said in the context of the gulag system and Stalinist[Read More…]

Racial Profiling Of African Americans In US And Caste Discrimination In India

Racial Profiling Of African Americans In US And Caste Discrimination In India

The African-American community has long suspected that they have been profiled, unjustly pulled over and killed by the police for the most ridiculous reasons. The typical response of the police and the authorities has been that the cops acted in self-defense and the broader community of whites and other privileged sections of the society supported the cops. Things began to[Read More…]

Death Of Two Workers In Anna University Was Due To Negligence

Death Of Two Workers In Anna University Was Due To Negligence

The team concluded that the tragic death of the two young workers was preventable and was caused due to the negligence of the employers – Anna University in its capacity as the principal employer and Kavimeena Rubber Products in its capacity as the direct employer.

  Drop FIR Against Amnesty Intl India!

  Drop FIR Against Amnesty Intl India!

PUCL (People’s Union For Civil Liberties) condemns the actions of the Bengaluru Police in foisting a case of sedition, creating enmity and other charges against Amnesty International India and unnamed staff for holding a meeting on 13th August, 2016 in Bengaluru on human rights abuses in Kashmir in which families of victims participated. From the statement of Amnesty it is[Read More…]

Closing Manus Island’s Detention Centre: The Search For Alternative Cruelties

Closing Manus Island’s Detention Centre: The Search For Alternative Cruelties

It all goes back to April, when the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court found the Manus Island detention facility, ostensibly directed and run by the Australian government, in breach of the PNG Constitution. By the order of the court, “Both the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments shall forthwith take all steps necessary to cease and prevent the continued unconstitutional[Read More…]

Maudany, Your Freedom Is Our Freedom!

Maudany, Your Freedom Is Our Freedom!

Sixty nine years of India’s freedom is over now. And fifteen and a half years of Abdul Nasar Maudany as an under trial is over today on August 17, 2016! Perhaps it is time to analyse the implications of both these facts. `When the entire people of this country have food to eat, house to sleep, water to drink, light,[Read More…]

Freedom From AFSPA In J&K And Manipur

Freedom From AFSPA In J&K And Manipur

  As India celebrates its anniversary of independence from the British rule it, is worthwhile to ask when the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur will get freedom from the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act 1958 (AFSPA) which is no less than being living under the colonial rule. The law that the British conceived in the wake of quit[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila Gets Solidarity From Kerala

Irom Sharmila Gets Solidarity From Kerala

In solidarity with Irom Sharmila’s novel method of struggle against the draconian law of AFSPA, Solidarity Youth Movement held programs in different parts of Kerala. Programs were held in front of the Secretariat at Trivandrum and the Fort Kochi Beach at Ernakulam.

Irom Sharmila ends her 16-year fast by tasting honey, in Imphal on Tuesday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar/The Hindu

Irom Sharmila: Death Of A Fast

  Irom Sharmila’s withdrawal of her fast has come as a blow in varying degrees to many. There are also many others who welcome her decision to end her fast instead of sticking on to it at ridiculous levels. I am thinking of the many NGO leaders who invested their energy and money on Irom with the hope that their[Read More…]

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Prevention Of Electronic Crime Bill (PEC) Continues Draconian Laws In Pakistan

  The state of Pakistan is all set to unleash its iron fist by promulgating laws that curb free speech. This is a proactive step taken by the State to muzzle criticism and silence dissent. Freedom of speech and expression form the bedrock upon which the pillars of democracy stand; this freedom allows the public to air grievances and to[Read More…]

Zionist-Subverted Oberlin College Trashes Academic Free Speech And Suspends Professor Joy Karega

Zionist-Subverted Oberlin College Trashes Academic Free Speech And Suspends Professor Joy Karega

  Oberlin College, one of the first US colleges to have admitted Blacks, Women, Jews and Catholics, has given in to pressure from the genocidally racist  Zionist Lobby and suspended female African-American academic Dr Joy Karega, assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition, who has been falsely defamed as an  anti-Semite and vilified for opposing corporate control of government, Israeli Gaza[Read More…]

Refugee Trauma On Nauru: The Leaked Incident Reports

Refugee Trauma On Nauru: The Leaked Incident Reports

“Do I have to kill myself to go to Australia?” Asylum seeker, Nauru, March 2, 2015 Human sensibility has been given another sound beating with the leak of 2,116 incident reports from Australia’s remorseless detention camp on Nauru.  The reports total some 8,000 pages covering the period of May 2013 to October 2015 and were published by the Guardian on[Read More…]

The Biggest Elephant In Our Rooms Stands 5’2” Tall, And Her Name Is Chelsea

The Biggest Elephant In Our Rooms Stands 5’2” Tall, And Her Name Is Chelsea

Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein visited Topeka, Kansas on July 2, and I was there. Listening to her make her case that afternoon was like a breath of fresh air this election season. Dr. Stein touched on almost all of the policy issues, both domestic and foreign, that all of us 20-odd people present in that Ramada Inn room cared[Read More…]

Abdul Nasar Maudany: Fifteen And Half Years In Prison As An `Under Trial’

Abdul Nasar Maudany: Fifteen And Half Years In Prison As An `Under Trial’

The human rights violations on Abdul Nasar Maudany still remain as a deep question on the functioning of Indian democracy. He was arrested on August 17, 2010, adding him as the 31st person `accused’ to be involved in the Bangalore blast case of 2008. Maudany’s name was not there in the first list of the accused persons. However, it was[Read More…]

Land To The Tiller: Revisiting The Unfinished Land Reforms Agenda

Land To The Tiller: Revisiting The Unfinished Land Reforms Agenda

ActionAid India has recently come up with a report on the issues of Land Rights in India. Land, forest and water being three major issues for the larger part of the world, the report is an important document to be read and discussed at multiple levels. Titled as “Land to the Tiller: Revisiting the Unfinished Land Reforms Agenda”, was an outcome of the research on land reforms and the recommendations for implementation of the land reforms in 11 states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh).

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Whistle-Blower Chelsea Manning: “I Became Very, Very Sad” During Torture

Whistle-Blower Chelsea Manning: “I Became Very, Very Sad” During Torture

A 2015 interview with Amnesty International, published Tuesday in theGuardian, sheds light on the conditions faced by US Army whistleblower, political prisoner, and torture victim Chelsea Manning, who attempted suicide on July 5 and now faces a vindictive campaign of retaliation by the military. Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning), formerly a US Army specialist stationed in Iraq, is a whistleblower[Read More…]

 Protest In Toronto For Abdul Wahid Baloch

 Protest In Toronto For Abdul Wahid Baloch

The   atrocities of Pakistan in the  Balochistan are well known at the global level. To save its skin it has shifted the blame n the neighboring   country like India. Its coercive methods have adversely impacted the local Baloch leaders and the common fellows along with the human right activists and all those who protest against such atrocities. The recent incident[Read More…]

Protests In Ahwaz As 8 Hospital Patients  Die In 3 days

Protests In Ahwaz As 8 Hospital Patients  Die In 3 days

Dozens of Ahwazi Arab citizens gathered in front of the Sina Hospital in the regional capital Ahwaz to protest about the deaths of eight Arab patients there within a two-day period, with some dying of kidney failure and others from inflammation of the digestive tract due to medical negligence by hospital staff, according to Iranian state media.   Other patients with[Read More…]

 Australia’s Horrendous Abuse Of Aboriginal Children The Tip Of Massive Australian Child Abuse

 Australia’s Horrendous Abuse Of Aboriginal Children The Tip Of Massive Australian Child Abuse

The Australian ABC TV Four Corners program has revealed shocking CCTV images of mostly Aboriginal children being horrendously abused, assaulted and tortured  by prison guards in a juvenile detention centre in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT). Australia has been shocked.  The Coalition Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull set up a Royal Commission to investigate the matter but this  (a) involves the complicit[Read More…]

16 Years of Historical Journey: A Snapshot of Irom Sharmila’s Struggle And The Road Ahead

16 Years of Historical Journey: A Snapshot of Irom Sharmila’s Struggle And The Road Ahead

  Year 2000: Irom Sharmila Chanu started her hunger strike in Imphal, Manipur when she was 28 years old. It is started just after ‘Malom Massacre’ where soldiers of Assam Rifles opened fire on persons who were standing on a bus stop and around 10 people were killed in this firing including a 12 year old bravery award winner and a[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila: The Spirit Of Indomitable Resistance

Irom Sharmila: The Spirit Of Indomitable Resistance

Irom Sharmila’s decision to end her fast is a welcome step. This would be the end her 16 year long non-violent resistance against a violent state. She had started her fast following the shooting of 10 Manipuris at a Bus stand in 2000. One cannot get a better image of resistance, opposition and struggle than the one displayed by Irom[Read More…]

Tears Of Guantanamo: Dear Slahi — On Your Release

Tears Of Guantanamo: Dear Slahi — On Your Release

Wonderful, the news were flashes while stating that you are cleared for the release! But the questions arise over and over.  14 years or otherwise 5110 days of your life was behind the bars with no charge in the Guantanamo prison, one of the most deplorable and ruinous places in present days. Then, they have “cleared” you. Do we need[Read More…]

Dylan Voller, strapped to a mechanical restraint chair in Darwin’s notorious Don Dale juvenile unit was once a football-loving teenager, but was shackled and placed in a ‘spit hood’ in custody. Picture: ABC

The Scourge Of Youth Detention: The Northern Territory, Torture, And Australia’s Detention Disease

“What we’re changing is a culture in an organisation within the youth detention system and I think we’ve come a long way in that time.” Adam Giles, NT Chief Minister, ABC News, Jul 26, 2016 It was an image that would not have been out of place in the sickly procession of pictures that came out of Abu Ghraib and[Read More…]

A Welcome Move By Irom Sharmila:SSSC

A Welcome Move By Irom Sharmila:SSSC

Press Release by Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign New Delhi, 27 July 2016: Save sharmila Solidarity Campaign welcomes decision of Irom Sharmila to break her fast in coming days. SSSC believes that it is a befitting reply to Government’s ignorance of her sixteen years of fast where an extra ordinary example of non violent appeal was made with the govt with[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila To End Fast

Irom Sharmila To End Fast

Irom Sharmila, the iron lady of Manipur,  who was on hunger strike for the past 16 years has decided to end her fast and contest election. The 44-year-old told a district court in Manipur today that she will end her fast on August 9. She also told the court that she wants to marry. Sharmila is expected to contest the[Read More…]

Dozens Of Ahwazi Villages Dispossessed As Iranian Regime’s Ethnic Cleansing Intensifies

Dozens Of Ahwazi Villages Dispossessed As Iranian Regime’s Ethnic Cleansing Intensifies

  The current regime with much more hostile policies in comparison with the previous Pahlavi system, has continued to carry out the ethnic cleansing policies through altering the demographic makeup of Ahwaz in south west of the country. In this era, the policy of changing the population structure of Ahwazi areas in numerous forms has been widely implemented.  Among the[Read More…]

Bathinda, India - June 12 –KB-1

Children working as labourer in the paddy fields near Gobindpura village of Bathinda district on Tuesday while the World Child Labour day was being observed in country June 12, 2012 Photo By  Kulbir Beera /Hindustan Times

Social Consciousness and Rights of Children: Legitimising Child Labour!

The Social Consciousness of Law Makers and Politicians at large when it comes to Rights of Children is missing, leading to the rise in violations against children. The recent passing of the bill in the Rajya Sabha with less than 25% of its member being present and conspicuous silence and ignorance of the middle class only reflects the larger design to maintain the status quo. It suits the industry, it suits the economy and finally the family both employing and those sending. With State becoming part of the larger controversy – voiceless children with no political or economic say are left helpless. Lets acknowledge that State in its role of Parens Patriae has failed miserably to provide a robust legal and institutional mechanism, when it comes to Children.

Kandhamal Killings: Special Operations Group Should Be Prosecuted

Kandhamal Killings: Special Operations Group Should Be Prosecuted

SOG personnel who participated in the killing on five civilians near Gumudumaha village on July 8 be booked under provisions of the IPC including murder as well as relevant sections of the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and criminally prosecuted

Banning And Banishing: The Nonsense About Muslims

Banning And Banishing: The Nonsense About Muslims

He was the kingpin of the whole affair by suggesting it. In December 2015, the US Republican presumptive nominee for President, Donald Trump, came up with that daft suggestion which seems so utterly devoid of informed meaning.  Ban Muslims from entering the United States and the phenomenon of terrorism would somehow be abated. His prepared statement was characteristically dramatic in[Read More…]

 Narmada Project Affected Adivasis On Hunger Strike

 Narmada Project Affected Adivasis On Hunger Strike

Kevadia/Vadodara | 16th July, 2016: Hundreds of adivasis affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project have begun their Dharna (sit in) and relay fast from yesterday, the 15th of July. They have been demanding full and fair rehabilitation which they haven’t yet got despite being displaced in the late 1980’s and 1990’s.These adivasis who sustained their livelihood on the land, forests[Read More…]

 When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism To America? 

 When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism To America? 

I find my White American students – even the very bright ones – totally confused, the moment I ask them if White police brutality against Black people in America amounts to terrorism. Most White students attribute the killings of black people by White police as undesirable, accidental, or simply due to bad judgment by the proverbial “bad cops”. Mostly Black[Read More…]

Cow Worshippers Chew Up The Rule Of Law

Cow Worshippers Chew Up The Rule Of Law

A magisterial / judicial order directing the police to register a first information report and investigate a family that lost its provider in a mob lynching would seem impossible for anyone living in a rule of law system. But in the self-designated largest democracy of the world, this is what happened on 14 July 2016. Here is a quick recap[Read More…]

Unicef Report Reveals 250 Million Child Victims Of War

Unicef Report Reveals 250 Million Child Victims Of War

The new “Unicef report, 2016—Assisting Refugee Children,” detailing the fate of children in war zones and those forced to flee, was released at the beginning of this month. It describes the horrific consequences, for children and young people around the world, of wars and civil wars lasting years and even decades. According to estimates made by Unicef, the UN’s children’s[Read More…]

Death Of A Nation?

Death Of A Nation?

A hundred-and-fifty-one years after the abolition of slavery, America has a half white, half black president, a black Nobelist in literature, whites who attribute not just every form but instance of black dysfunction to white racism, blacks who demand reparations, the mainstreaming of innumerable black slang terms, including “diss,” a new phrase “negro fatigue” and the bumper sticker, “IF I[Read More…]

#BlackLivesMatter And The Conspiracy Of Privilege In America

#BlackLivesMatter And The Conspiracy Of Privilege In America

In the early morning of July 5th, 37 year-old father of five, Alton Sterling, was shot in both his chest and his back by law enforcement officers outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Following this tragedy, on the night of July 6th, a 32 year-old father, Philando Castile, was brutally slain with 4 to 5 shots by a[Read More…]

 The Specter Of Naxalism: The Neo-McCarthyism In India

 The Specter Of Naxalism: The Neo-McCarthyism In India

Contradiction of praxis has been the perennial contradiction of capitalism from the very outset.  It never says what it does and never does what it says; it promises the sky and plunders the earth. It appropriated power with the slogans of ‘equality; liberty; fraternity’, but its very existence, as aptly articulated by Adam smith, in terms of “individual profit making[Read More…]

AFSPA: The Fifty Eight Year War

AFSPA: The Fifty Eight Year War

Imagine a war that goes on for almost six decades. A war that nobody notices, even though it would be counted as the thirteenth longest war in human history. This is a conventional war, where ‘enemy’ territory is looted, its women are raped, its men killed. With only one difference. In this war, the enemy, technically, belongs to the same[Read More…]

Militarization And Police Violence

Militarization And Police Violence

Hardly a day goes by without news of a police killing.  And each time we hear from scholars and observers that the police is too militarized.   No doubt! In 2014, I was flattered to have been approached by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Shasta Chapter to be their keynote speaker to address Government Secrecy, Drones, and Militarization.  After each[Read More…]

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Innocent Blood Again Spilled In Kandhamal

Innocent Blood Again Spilled In Kandhamal

This is not the first time that innocent blood is being spilled in Odisha or in India in the name of containing Maoism. PUCL has consistently alerted the public that in the name of ‘encounters’ often innocent people are being killed by the security forces, and innocent poor Adivasis are being arrested after branding them as ‘Maoists’.

Protester and Cop in Camden, NJ

Blacks, Cops And A Sinking Economy

In Ethnic America, Thomas Sowell observes, “American pluralism was not an ideal with which people started but an accommodation to which they were eventually driven by the destructive toll of mutual intolerance in a country too large and diverse for effective dominance by any one segment of the population. The rich economic opportunities of the country also provided alternative outlets[Read More…]

Another African American Shot Dead; #BlackLivesMatter Protests Erupt Across USA

Another African American Shot Dead; #BlackLivesMatter Protests Erupt Across USA

Police fatally shot an African-American in the early hours of Saturday in Houston, Texas. The man, identified by media as Alva Braziel, was reportedly shot ten times after he pointed his gun at law enforcement. The shooting took place at about 12:40am on Cullen. According to the police, they spotted a man on the road with a revolver. When they[Read More…]

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Five Dalit/Adivasis Including A Child Killed In Fake Encounter In Kandhamal

Five Dalit/Adivasis Including A Child Killed In Fake Encounter In Kandhamal

In continuing war on its own people security forces in Kandhamal district of Odisha state in India killed six poor Adivasi and Dalit labourers. Four others have been seriously injured by CRPF firing in Malapanga forest under Tumudibandha police limits. They were returning from Balliguda ,( the block and Sub-Divisional head quarter of their village Gungudmaha under Parampanka G.P) with[Read More…]

UN: Root Of US Police Terror Is ‘Lack Of Accountability For Perpetrators’

UN: Root Of US Police Terror Is ‘Lack Of Accountability For Perpetrators’

US police kill approximately 1,000 people per year according to Federal statistics, disproportionately targeting particularly African and Native Americans.  The UN expert panel on people of African descent observed this week that these killings “demonstrate a high level of structural and institutional racism. The United States is far from recognizing the same rights for all its citizens.” The two men[Read More…]

The Supreme Court Speaks, Ending Impunity For The Armed Forces

The Supreme Court Speaks, Ending Impunity For The Armed Forces

  In a historic ruling, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice U.U.Lalit of the Hon’ble Supreme Court have spoken out in favour of democracy. The judgment came on a plea by hundreds of families in the north-eastern State of Manipur for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into 1,528 cases of alleged fake encounters involving the Army and the[Read More…]

Sheela Marandi: Another Victim Of Injudicious System

Sheela Marandi: Another Victim Of Injudicious System

Months of single-minded work since the formation of Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee last year, could yield some encouraging results, especially on February 20 and May 30 when veteran leader of the revolutionary women’s movement in the country and founder of Nari Mukti Sangh, Comrade Sheela Marandi walked out of jail in after a long spell of persecution, and was last[Read More…]

Our Ku Klux Klan In Blue

Our Ku Klux Klan In Blue

Way to go America! Our police shoot to kill Blacks Just like “unlawful combatants” In our Global War on Terrorism GWOT Blowback On the Streets of these United States. Military training, weapons, tactics, mentality Brought to bear By our White Racist paramilitarized police Against our Forever Untermenschen Blacks Our Ku Klux Klan in Blue Next coming to you. No end[Read More…]

#BlackLivesMatter: Philando Castile Shot Dead In Minnesota

#BlackLivesMatter: Philando Castile Shot Dead In Minnesota

Philando Castile, another African-American, a 32-year-old school cafeteria manager, was killed during a traffic stop near St. Paul, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota where his distraught girlfriend broadcast his final moments in real time on Facebook. As blood soaked through Castile’s shirt Wednesday night, his girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, began broadcasting live video to her Facebook page, saying on camera that[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning Attempts Sucicide

Chelsea Manning Attempts Sucicide

Chelsea Manning, the military whistleblower serving a 35 year sentence, was rushed to hospital after reportedly trying to take her own life. According to media reports Manning, who us being held at in a cell at the US Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was taken to hospital early on Tuesday morning. CNN said that it was believed that[Read More…]

Don’t Move! How USA Murders Unpeople

Don’t Move! How USA Murders Unpeople

Two major news stories here in the U.S., both chilling, point out how readily U.S. authorities will murder people based on race and the slightest possibility of a threat to those in places of power. On July 5th Baton Rouge police killed Anton Sterling in a Louisiana parking lot.  Sterling was a 37-year-old Black father of five selling CDs outside[Read More…]

Frederick Douglass’ Speech For July 4, 1852 Is A Speech For Us All Today

Frederick Douglass’ Speech For July 4, 1852 Is A Speech For Us All Today

Frederick Douglass was asked to speak on July 4,1852 to commerate the Declarationof Independence. He pointed out that the Declaration of Independence was not a declaration with any meaning for slaves or ex-slaves, nor was the constitution a document for black people, only white people. That isa thought expressed and asked by black prisoners today, who number more than the[Read More…]

July 4th Reflections From Frederick Douglass

July 4th Reflections From Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, one of the most brilliant minds in history, had many praises for the US and its founders. However, he experienced the nation more fully than any of them, beginning his life a victim of the totalitarian fascism they practiced and promoted, and ending it a statesman and a friend of President Lincoln.  Thus his understanding and analysis of[Read More…]

Israel Implements Collective Punishment After The Stabbing Of Teenager

Israel Implements Collective Punishment After The Stabbing Of Teenager

Following the stabbing of a 13-year-old Israeli girl in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba by a young Palestinian on Thursday, Benyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government moved swiftly to implement their now standard measures of collective punishment, in flagrant violation of international law. At the same time, the government is using the attack to expand the settlements and incorporate Area[Read More…]

The Ethics Of Asylum In Early Muslim Society

The Ethics Of Asylum In Early Muslim Society

  This paper examines the historical events related to asylum for Muslim refugees in the formative years of Islam and its impact upon the development of the first Muslim community in Medina. This paper is also part of an ongoing historical study to identify socio-political and humanitarian responses to refugee populations in Muslim civilizations. The research aims to analyze the[Read More…]

The US Problem With Immigration: Railroaded By The Supreme Court

The US Problem With Immigration: Railroaded By The Supreme Court

Immigration, blood source of the United States, its motor of development, has been rocked by judicial pronouncements of late. The Obama administration had put much stock in reforming the general approach to immigration in 2014, ostensibly employing a wide reading of executive power against the possible deportation. It was always going to be haphazard, merely another periodic panacea in a[Read More…]

State Repression During The Indian Emergency Of 1975-77 And Its Afterlife

State Repression During The Indian Emergency Of 1975-77 And Its Afterlife

Indian Emergency of 1975-77, is the most traumatising phase in the history of Indian politics. It has been 42 years since, Emergency took place but one can believe that its painful memories still may haunt those alive, today, who had gone through state’s abuse and misuse of constitutional powers during Emergency, in a democracy like India. Declaration of Emergency was[Read More…]

Texas, Abortion And The US Supreme Court

Texas, Abortion And The US Supreme Court

The abortion right in the United States, given full force in Roe v Wade, has never been a plain sailing affair.[1] The language of rights is ever a prickly matter, marred by the undergrowth of burdensome reasoning and poor application.  In a country where the foetus, less than quality of life, is holy, obstacles will always exist. The subject before[Read More…]

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Just Stand: A Video Interview With Albert Woodfox Of The Angola 3   

Just Stand: A Video Interview With Albert Woodfox Of The Angola 3  

(PHOTO: Albert enjoys a canoe ride in Austin, TX.) Since Albert’s release on his birthday, February 19th, a few short months ago, he’s been really busy…  After nearly a month of visiting with family and friends in New Orleans sharing more birthday cake than he’s been able to consume in over forty years, Albert has been catching up with his[Read More…]

Modi Governments Ambitious ‘Smart Cities’ Vision Sees No Poor

Modi Governments Ambitious ‘Smart Cities’ Vision Sees No Poor

Mumbai | 27th June, 2016: A full front page advertisement on the first anniversary of the smart cities that ran on many national daily on Saturday carried announcements worth Rupees thousands of crores. Crores of Rupees that spent on advertisements and the fancy event, which was organized in Pune on Satarday to celebrate the first anniversary of smart cities, was[Read More…]

Negotiating With Undeclared Emergency

Negotiating With Undeclared Emergency

Last month, Hyderabad police registered a case against Prof. Kancha Ilaiah for writing an article in a Telugu daily, entitled ‘Is God not a democrat’? The article questioned inequality in society and discussed concept of god. For doing so the professor was reproached for insulting sentiments of a community and charged for promoting enmity between different religious groups under section[Read More…]

Burning Of Dalit Houses At Odisha And Deliberate Inaction By The Government Machinery

Burning Of Dalit Houses At Odisha And Deliberate Inaction By The Government Machinery

The PUCL is deeply concerned at the growing caste atrocities on dalits by the upper caste communities in the state, particularly in the rural areas. Of more concern is the deliberate inaction by the government machinery in providing protection to the dalit communities and making a mockery of the Prevention of Atrocities Act (1989). The recent incident in Kamagarh is an example of this. On 3rd June, 2016, eleven dalit houses were burnt down allegedly by the upper caste (Sabarna) of the village Kamagarh of the eponymous Panchayat in the Aska Block of Ganjam District.

2016: India’s Degrading Journo-Murder Indicator

2016: India’s Degrading Journo-Murder Indicator

As six months of the year rolls on, India emerges as one of the worst places for working journalists similar to the troubled nations including Mexico, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. The largest democracy
of the globe witnessed the murder of three journalists in the first
half of 2016, where the populous country lost five journalists to
assailants last year. As nobody has been convicted in all eight
journo-murder cases, the Indian media fraternity rose to the occasion
for special protection laws and also for a national action plan to
safeguard the media persons.

Indian Supreme Court Abandoned Mass Victims Of State Abuse During 1975-77; So, Must Apologise

Indian Supreme Court Abandoned Mass Victims Of State Abuse During 1975-77; So, Must Apologise

The Indian Supreme Court never tires of asking for apology for this or that inanity usually for some perceived contempt of court. The Supreme Court ought to cultivate and demonstrate its sensitivity to its earlier decisions which were contemptuous of the people of India. The judges of the Supreme Court are servants of the people. In a democracy it is the people who are supreme. About time the Supreme Court en banc tenders an unconditional apology to the mass victims of state abuse during 1975-77, as also to the entire people of India.

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UN Agency Reports 65 Million People Are Refugees Worldwide

UN Agency Reports 65 Million People Are Refugees Worldwide

The number of people around the globe displaced by war, armed conflict and persecution at the end of 2015 was higher than ever before. A report titled Global Trends, published on World Refugee Day by the UNHCR, counted 65.3 million displaced persons, the first time it has surpassed 60 million since the collection of figures began in 1951. Compared to[Read More…]

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U.S. Study Finds Immigrants Imprisoned To Boost Prison-Corporation Profits

U.S. Study Finds Immigrants Imprisoned To Boost Prison-Corporation Profits

 93% of the people who are locked up in the U.S. in order to meet the minimum legal requirements for the number of people who must be locked up on possible violations of U.S. immigration laws, are locked in for-profit prisons, which are owned by corporations that heavily fund a few politicians, including Hillary Clinton. That 93% finding was published[Read More…]

Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru Arrested

Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru Arrested

The Karnataka police have arrested BP Mahesh Chandra Guru, a professor in the journalism department of Mysore University and a well-known Phule-Ambedkarite writer. Professor Guru had made some sharp comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union HRD minister Smriti Irani at a function organized in the university recently to pay tributes to Rohit Vemula. He had also allegedly insulted[Read More…]

Iran Regime Sentences Three Ahwazi Young Men To Public Execution

Iran Regime Sentences Three Ahwazi Young Men To Public Execution

  A senior Iranian regime judiciary official has issued the final confirmation of the death penalty for three Ahwazi rights activists, with another four sentenced to between 25 and 35 years in prison, as well as exile. Gholam-Hossein Mohsen Eie’I, the First Deputy Head of the Iranian regime’s Judiciary, confirmed the sentences in an interview with the regime-affiliated Moj News[Read More…]

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Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

  Rational risk management is crucial for societal safety and  successively  involves  (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis,  and (c) informed  systemic change to minimize risk. However the anti-science, anti-environment,  pro-fossil fuels  Australian Coalition Government has utterly perverted this process in relation to the worsening climate emergency through  spin, lying by commission,  lying by omission and censorship. Critically, Coalition Government[Read More…]

Foreign Ship Owners And Ship Breakers Outwitting UN’s Basel Convention, Threaten India’s Maritime Security

Foreign Ship Owners And Ship Breakers Outwitting UN’s Basel Convention, Threaten India’s Maritime Security

Toxics Watch Alliance (TWA) disapproves of efforts by foreign Shipowners and Shipbreakers to outwit UN’s Basel Convention on transboundary movement of hazardous end-of-life ships, threatening India’s maritime security and environmental and occupational health of workers in the ship breaking facilities in Indian waters. These ship owners have been lobbying with the Ministry of Shipping to amend the Shipbreaking Code 2013[Read More…]

The Quest For Human Rights Was The Essence Of Dr Ambedkar’s Life

The Quest For Human Rights Was The Essence Of Dr Ambedkar’s Life

A presentation made at London School of Economics on 16th June 2016 in the conference organised by Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhists organisations, UK in collaboration with London School of Economics to commemorate 100 years of Dr Ambedkar’s association with London School of Economics. It is a privilege to be able to speak to you on this historic occasion to[Read More…]

Chhattisgarh Is Burning: Where’s The Outrage?

Chhattisgarh Is Burning: Where’s The Outrage?

I woke up the next morning to the atrocious news of gangrape and murder of Madkam Hidme, an Adivasi girl in Sukma district’s village Gumpad. She was picked up from home, gangraped and then shot in cold blood by a gang of bloodthirsty, estrogen shooting men, dressed in an attire given by government that miraculously shields them against all legal shenanigans. Two days before this, a 12 year old child was similarly raped by a policeman in the same district. This is happening everyday in these villages. Every single day.

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Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

The Narendra Modi led Indian government cancelled on Thursday the registration of Sabrang Trust run by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. Teesta and her NGOs are on the forefront of civil society campaign against the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, in which over 1000 muslims were massacred. She was active in bringing to justice many Sangh Parivar[Read More…]

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