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20 December, 2007

Citizens Of Twelve Hours
By Wali Laskar

Thousands of Indian citizens living in Indian soil have been deprived of their citizenship for twelve hours daily for decades. The victims are resident of villages situated in fringe area of about four thousand kilometres long India-Bangladesh International Boundary Lines

05 December, 2007

Ambedkar As A Human Rights Defender
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Ambedkar championed the cause of the down trodden. But to confine him to mere as a leader of Dalits will do him great injustice. He was the most accompalished political leader and philosopher among his contemporaries.No human rights discourse in India could be complete with out detailed discussion on the outstanding work of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar

India’s Forgotten Children Of War
By Meha Dixit

Although, International agencies like the United Nations do claim the existence of child soldiers in several parts of India, there are hardly any government documents and reports accessible to the public on the recruitment of children as soldiers in India. Now, to begin with, its time for a public discourse on the plight of child soldiers in India, particularly in certain Naxal strongholds and the Northeast of India

03 December, 2007

When Rights And Rules Collide
By Mary Shaw

In my work as a human rights advocate, I am frequently asked about what we should do in cases where human rights conflict with religious or civil laws.Two cases have come to light in recent weeks that exemplify this kind of dilemma. The first is the case of a rape victim in Saudi Arabia. She had gotten into a car with a former boyfriend in order to get a photo that he had promised to return to her. Then the two were jumped and raped. And so she now faces 200 lashes and six months in prison, because she entered a car, unsupervised, with a man who wasn't her relative

07 November, 2007

U.S. Gets Tough With Undocumented Immigrants
By David Rosen

A recent series of raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, signals a new era of anti-immigrant hysteria in America

01 November, 2007

Silicosis: A Death Trap For Agate Workers In Gujarat
By PUCL Gujarat

Workers working in the agate industries are dying of silicosis in regular interval for last 40 years in Khambhat. Families are wiped out totally. But there is no respite from the death trap of economically impoverished people of this area

Cases Of Gross Violation Of Human Rights
In Barak Valley Of Assam

By Wali Laskar

The Assam Police and CRPF personnel have been violating human rights systematically in Barak Valley killing serially innocent persons, denying justice, framing fake charges, arresting and detaining people in trumped-up cases, and raiding, harassing, abusing and humiliating in false charges

31 October, 2007

Custodial Murder Of Mutahir Ali Tapader And
Subsequent Police Atrocity In Barak Valley Of Assam

By Wali Laskar

It was reported in local media that an innocent citizen was killed by police on 21st September, 2007 at Kalain in the district of Cachar, Assam. The police tortured the victim to death in full public view, allegedly for refusing by the victim and his relatives to pay a gratification of rupees ten thousand to sub-inspector Narain Tamuli, in-charge-officer of Kalain Police Patrol Post under Katigorah Police Station

13 October, 2007

Gitmo At Home: DV Courts In America
By David Heleniak

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a very real and significant problem in America. This month would be a good time to address the attempt of state governments to combat domestic violence through the issuance of temporary and permanent restraining orders

Tortured State
By Gladson Dungdung

A study on custodial torture is revealing of what is wrong with Bihar's governance

12 October, 2007

The Pain Of Instant Justice
By Gladson Dungdung

Though Kerala state in India is known for total literacy, it was a horrible experience of the ‘instant justice' for 40-year-old pregnant woman Jyoti and her two kids, who were stripped and beaten up by a mob accusing them of stealing a golden anklet of a child in the vicinity

13 September, 2007

Free The Jena 6
By Peter Rothberg

Sign a national petition asking the Louisiana governor to intervene in the case

09 September, 2007

Children:The Silent Victims
By Ziaur Rehman

A new report throws light on the dismal state of children and lays bare some hidden facts

02 September, 2007

Colonial Ideology And Aboriginal Australians
By Ghali Hassan

As the majority of Aboriginal Australians and experts proposed, the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill is a racially and ideologically motivated take-over of Aboriginal land and should be vigorously opposed by all concerned Australians

31 August, 2007

Punish The Criminals In Khaki
By Harsh Dobhal

Bhagalpur is back in news again. Same Bhagalpur where in a barbaric act, policemen had poured acid in the eyes of 31 undertrials in 1980, blinding them tortuously. The incident had shaken the nation's conscience then. Twenty-seven years later, television sets grabbed our eyeballs with shocking images of a 20-year-old man being dragged by a policeman riding a motorcycle, with his hand and legs tied

12 August, 2007

La Trobe University, “Bundoora Arabesque”
And Australian Aboriginal Genocide

By Gideon Polya

The World should be watching. Tell everyone you know about the horrendous, continuing Aboriginal Genocide and the resurgent, bi-partisan-backed, politically correct racist (PC racist) New Racist White Australia

Beijing Olympics: To boycott Or Not
By Mary Shaw

One year from now, the 2008 Summer Olympics will be taking place in Beijing, China. The media have already started covering the preparations and glamorizing the whole affair. But, hidden away from the eyes of the world, far away from the glitz and the pageantry, is a much uglier side of China - its long and horrible record of human rights abuses

09 August, 2007

Nandigram Violence A 'State Sponsored Massacre'
By People's Tribunal On Nandigram

In its final report the People's Tribunal on Nandigram has called the violence of 14 March 2007 a 'pre-planned, state-sponsored massacre' carried out 'to teach a lesson' to people opposing the SEZ project on their land. It has strongly recommended continuation of the CBI investigation, initiated by the Calcutta High Court on 15th March but wound up in just a week

03 August, 2007

Migrant Workers: Slaves Of The Twenty-First Century
By Abdol Moghset Bani Kamal

As soon as Murad Bux arrived, his 13-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter were introduced to him. He hugged them and wept. He was a servant of an Arab Shaikh in Qatar and his master had allowed him to visit his family after 12 years for a duration of two months. When he was asked how his life had gone in Qatar. His reply was: “For me, each day has been as long as a year. As if the time was hanged and the globe had stopped revolving around the sun”.This is the story of thousands of Pakistani migrant workers in the Arab Sheikhdoms

26 June, 2007

Yesterday Iftiqar Gilani,Today Binayak Sen
By Subhash Gatade

One just wishes that much like their Australian counterpart, the civil society in this part of the globe also wakes up to the innocence of Dr Binayak Sen and tell the powers that be that 'We want him out' ! If the Australians can fight for the human rights of an Indian, should the Indians maintain a conspiracy of silence when one of their own is being brutalised by the state

20 June, 2007

Living Under Fear
By Aftab Alexander Mughal

The murder of a Christian in Landi Kotal, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, in a very recent incident, once again endangered Christians of Charsadda, who received two different messages in May to be converted to Islam

13 June, 2007

Phony Terror And Black America
By Margaret Kimberley

Black Americans, Muslims and immigrants are being targeted as terror suspects without terror plots

12 June, 2007

A Bridge Too Far
By Satya Sagar

A communist stronghold for ages, Nandigram, along with Singur, is going through hell in a state where the Left Front has never been dethroned in the last three decades. All this because West Bengal has been bitten by the latest brainchild of India’s economic liberalisers for attracting global capital. Weeks after unimaginable State-sponsored brutalities on farmers, Satya Sagar travels through the restless districts and discovers intense fury amidst the wounds that will take a long time to heal

08 June, 2007

Exiles In Their Homeland
By K.A.Shaji

Illiterate migrant workers from north Kerala who were stuck in Pakistan after Partition have waged a fruitless lifelong struggle to regain their Indian citizenship

06 June, 2007

Counterfeit Encounters And The 'Nation'
By Harsh Mander

The current wave of outrage in the country over the horrific murders by the men in khaki in Gujarat is likely to be transient, a passing squall. The dust that it raises will rapidly settle, and we will forget, in the same way as we have expelled from memory so many similar inequities of the recent past

05 June, 2007

Pakistan Parliament Rejects
Changes In Blasphemy Laws

By Aftab Mughal

The National Assembly (NA), lower house of the parliament, crushed a bill on May 8, which was moved by a Parsi member MP Bhandara, seeking amendments to the controversial blasphemy laws

03 June, 2007

Uncovering The Myth Of “Fair Go” Australia
By Ghali Hassan

While Anglo-Australians can be proud of a long-time forgotten truth of “Fair Go” Australia for the privileged, today’s Australia is an unequal and unfair society. The myth of “Fair Go” Australia is just a shield, protecting Australia against criticism of Australia’s unfair treatments of Indigenous Australians and Australians from other minority groups

01 June, 2007

Lessons Learned By Grassroots Katrina
And Tsunami Social Justice Activists

By Bill Quigley

The Christmas Tsunami that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives along the coasts of the Indian Ocean did not destroy the people's will to rebuild on land that was their birthright. But "disaster capitalism" has apparently triumphed in the United States, where rights can be washed away with no trace

31 May, 2007

Reflections On The Psychopathology
Of Racist Thinking

By Tim Wise

The mind of the racist is an intricate web of delusions, in which white majorities are always under siege, preyed upon by dark hordes intent on destruction. Anti-racist activist Tim Wise explores the tortuous mental pathways that lead millions of whites to conclude they are victims - and turn tragedies like the Virginia Tech murders into calls for racial revenge and redemption. Despite all the data to the contrary, a significant body of white opinion insists that Black-on-white crime is down-played by the media - an absurdity that is designed to justify the reality of racial oppression

School For Refugee Kids Tells The Tale Of Neglect
By K.A. Shaji

The `international' school, conceived originally by Rajiv Gandhi and established by NGO Bright Society years back in memory of his mother Indira Gandhi at Yelahnaka in Bangalore, holds no promise for the children of Sri Lankan Tamils who left their own land on different occasions unable to withstand the escalation of ethnic violence

27 May, 2007

Black Leadership: Unable Or Willing
To Address Black Mass Incarceration

By Bruce Dixon

America’s undeclared but universal policies of racially selective policing, prosecution and mass incarceration of its Black citizens have imposed unprecedented strains on the social and economic viability of Black families and communities – of the entire African American polity

Marriage Mirage In Kerala
By K A Shaji

Married and cast away shortly after honeymoon by their Arab husbands, hundreds of poor Muslim women in Kerala's northern coastal districts are cursing their fate

26 May, 2007

J' accuse: A Children's Doctor
And A Mighty State

By Subhash Gatade

It has been more than ten days that Dr Binayak Sen, a paediatrician by training and profession and a human rights activist by choice has received a new identity. - A menace to public safety - The Chattisgarh police whose own record of human rights violations would shame even the KPS Gills, has used the provisions of the draconian Public Safety Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act ( a substitute for POTA ) to detain Dr Binayak Sen in the wee hours of 14 th May

15 May, 2007

Public Terror: Escalating The War On Migrants
By Juan Santos & Leslie Radford

The white power elite views migrants as a dangerous force for political instability and for undermining the white cultural dominance of the US. It means that migrants and the pro migrant movement are the targets of America, no matter how many US flags are waved, how much English is spoken, or how much profit is provided for the exploiters

10 May, 2007

Fighting A Losing Battle
By K A Shaji

The Xinjiang province of China was actually shot to fame after Hollywood movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed there. Now, Beijing's crackdown on political dissent by Uighur activists has dragged the region into a big human rights debate

08 May, 2007

The Hate Equation: Targeting Migrant Children
By Juan Santos

Brown children are expendable in Los Angeles, and migrants are the new scapegoats for a nation steeped in a deep tradition of white racism

01 May, 2007

Fake Killing(s): People As Trophies
By Subhash Gatade

People who had a faint glimmer of hope about Kausar Bi's whereabouts finally know that she is no more. As the counsel for the Gujarat government himself admitted before the Supreme Court, she was killed, burnt and her ashes were thrown in some field. But it does not throw light on the person(s) who killed her ?

In The Philippines Bush's War On Terror
Has Become A War Of Terror

By Brian Mcafee

The War Of Terror the U.S. is inflicting on the Philippine people through its blanket support for Arroyo and the Philippine Military and National Police is also a War On The Poor as the targets are generally those concerned with the poverty issue and the beneficiaries of the killings would seem to be those that don't want change, the rich and foreign capital or corporate interests

28 April, 2007

Aliens Everywhere
By K A Shaji

Half a million Tamil repatriates whose forefathers had been uprooted from the native land to work in Sri Lankan tea plantations around two hundred years back find that they are Indians only in name

Madhany: Victim Of State Terror
By B.F Firos

This is the story of Abdul Nasar Madhany, a man who continues to be hunted like a hardcore criminal by a ruthless system. And the mainstream media continues its criminal silence

25 April, 2007

Nandigram: Fact And CPI(M)'s Fiction
By Kavita Krishnan

Kavita Krishnan from Liberation takes a look at facts about the Nandigram massacre and CPI(M)-sponsored fiction

Big Business In Babies: Adoption,
The Child Commodities Market

By Mirah Riben

Adoption needs to be far more transparent, open, honest and regulated to ensure it serves the best interest of those it is intended to serve

18 April, 2007

54 Indian POWs Versus Sarabjit Singh
By Farzana Versey

Rahul Gandhi may have made a politically rash comment, but even if he had not intended to reveal the truth, it hurts. Too much has happened since and Bangladesh is dealing with its own problems. But one major problem is ours. The state of our prisoners of war

14 April, 2007

Militarizing The Border
By Frida Berrigan

As with so many other pressing issues -- from terrorism to oil dependency -- the White House is turning to the military industrial complex for a solution. SBI is the plan of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to erect a "virtual fence" of monitors, sensors, unmanned planes, and communications to help border agents catch illegal immigrants crossing the southern border

12 April, 2007

Hunger Strike Expanding Despite
Repression At Guantánamo Prison Camp

By Tom Carter

Despite the threat of retaliation by prison guards, several more Guantánamo prisoners recently joined an ongoing hunger strike, according to an April 8 article in the New York Times. US authorities acknowledge that 13 prisoners are now on hunger strike, though lawyers who have recently visited the prison put the number as high as 40

10 April, 2007

The True Story Of Free Speech In America
By Robert Fisk

Sami al-Arian is 49 but he stayed on hunger strike for 60 days to protest the government outrage committed against him, a burlesque of justice which has, of course, largely failed to rouse the sleeping dogs of American journalism in New York, Washington and Los Angeles

Conditions For Guantánamo Prisoners Worsening
By Tom Carter

A report released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) describes “deteriorating” conditions at the infamous Guantánamo Bay, Cuba prison camp, citing an increase in the use of physical isolation to break prisoners, and an accompanying rise in mental health problems

05 April, 2007

The Long Ordeal Of Sami Al-Arian - Civil
And Human Rights Advocate And Political Prisoner

By Stephen Lendman

Sami Al-Arian is one of many dozens, likely hundreds, of political prisoners in the US today but is noteworthy because of his high-profile status and as an especially egregious example of persecution and injustice in post-9/11 America with its climate of state-induced fear and resulting repression with special targeting of Latino immigrants and all Muslims characterized as "Islamofascists" because of their faith and ethnicity. One of them is Dr. Sami Al-Arian

04 April, 2007

From Socialism To Barbarism?
By Akhila Raman

The Ugly Might of the State has descended in an unholy manner on the farmers in Singur and Nandigram. How can CPIM reconcile its conflicting history of admirable land reforms in West Bengal with the recent brutal repression of farmers in its desperate bid of industrialization?

30 March, 2007

The Racist War On Immigrants
By Stephen Lendman

Immigrants of color, the wrong faith or from the wrong parts of the world are never greeted warmly in "America the Beautiful" that's only for the privileged and no one else. They're not wanted except to harvest our crops or do the hard, low-pay, no-benefit labor few others will do

29 March, 2007

David Hicks Bullied Into Guilty Plea
At Guantánamo Kangaroo Court

By Richard Phillips

After more than five years of imprisonment in Guantánamo Bay where he endured torture and protracted periods of solitary confinement, Australian citizen David Hicks finally pleaded guilty to one charge of “providing material support for terrorism” as part of a plea bargain to get out of the US hell-hole

28 March, 2007

America's Forgotten City
By Max Kantar

In New Orleans People live without electricity, plumbing, and any kind of economic stability; Black, White and Hispanic people, all multi generationally indigenous to New Orleans. Virtually all businesses, corporate and mom and pops stores alike, remain vacant ruins. Throughout America, people suffer serious ailments from the lack of job availability, but this gave unemployment a new meaning. Many good people, law abiding by nature, have turned to the only market available; drugs, to either psychologically escape their despair or to earn even the littlest of funds to secure food for themselves and their loved ones

23 March, 2007

Nandigram: Horror Stories Emerge

Fact finding report of the delegation deputed by the Calcutta High Court

More Horror Stories From Nandigram

CPI(ML) Team In Nandigram: Summary Of Findings

20 March, 2007

Too Guilty To Fly, Too Innocent To Charge?
By Faisal Kutty

The system envisaged by Passenger Protect is wholly inadequate, as it will be over inclusive, with high likelihood of false positives, pose a serious potential for racial profiling, and completely lack any meaningful redress mechanism or process

28 February, 2007

The Growth Engine Of The American Prison Gulag
By Glen Ford

The U.S. prison system is projected to suck up 200,000 additional bodies between now and 2011, half of them African American. The burden of the Gulag, which has grown eightfold since 1970, is unbearable for Black America, whose institutions and dreams have for two generations been ravaged by a public policy of mass Black incarceration. The very existence of the American Gulag - the largest and most pervasive prison system in the history of mankind - presents a clear and present threat to U.S. society at-large

19 February, 2007

Mulakat Afzal
By Vinod K. Jose

An interview with Mohd Afzal Guru, the man on deathrow in connection with India's Parliament attack

Any Apologies For Paddars!
By Subhash Gatade

It remains to be seen who will seek apologies from Paddar's near and dear ones ? Who would gather the courage to stand before Paddar's widow and children with folded hands and say 'On behalf of the Government of India, I wish to apologize to you ..?

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