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Third International Marxist Feminist Conference Participants Express Solidarity To Arrested Activists In India

Third International Marxist Feminist Conference Participants Express Solidarity To Arrested Activists In India

Participants at the Third International Marxist Feminist Conference, held in Lund University, Sweden  express deep concern at the manner in which writers, professors, democratic and civil rights activists, anti displacement activists and activists working for the rights of political prisoners are being increasingly targeted by the Indian state. The Right to Free Speech and Expression along with the more fundamental[Read More…]

Evacuating Nauru: Médecins Sans Frontières and Australia’s Refugee Dilemma

Evacuating Nauru: Médecins Sans Frontières and Australia’s Refugee Dilemma

It is an organisation not without its problems. Conceived in the heat of idealism, and promoted as the vanguard of medical rescue and human rights advocacy, Médecins Sans Frontières has had its faults.  Its co-founder Bernard Kouchner went a bit awry when he turned such advocacy into full blown interventionism.  As Nicolas Sarkozy’s foreign minister, his conversion to politicised interventionism[Read More…]

Enforced And Involuntary Disappearances In Sri Lanka

Enforced And Involuntary Disappearances In Sri Lanka

Tamil families of disappeared have been engaged in continuous and indefinite protests in five locations in the North and East for about 550 days. Mothers, wives, sons, daughters and relatives are on the streets in day and night in the hot sun, dust and rain demanding to know the whereabouts of their loved ones. One of their primary demands is[Read More…]

Nauru Government Condemns Mentally Traumatized Individuals to Life-long Anguish

Nauru Government Condemns Mentally Traumatized Individuals to Life-long Anguish

The Government of Nauru, the small Pacific island State, has expelled the medical and psychological personnel of the international non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Sunday 7 October.  The Government gave no explanation for its actions, but relations with the NGO have been difficult in the 11 months that MSF has been working there.  It is likely that the Government feared[Read More…]

Punjab Blasphemy Law Violates Constitution and is an Attack on Democratic Rights of Citizens

Punjab Blasphemy Law Violates Constitution and is an Attack on Democratic Rights of Citizens

  Punjab assembly recently passed a bill for an addition to IPC clause 295 to give life imprisonment for any ‘injury, damage or sacrilege’ of four religious books, (Guru Granth Sahib, Koran, Bible and Geeta) ‘with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people’. This is the first time in independent India that a punishment usually given for[Read More…]

Repeal Fabricated Charges On Thirumurugan Gandhi! Resist Undeclared Emergency

Repeal Fabricated Charges On Thirumurugan Gandhi! Resist Undeclared Emergency

We the following writers, film makers, poets, artists, theatre personalities, musicians, activists, academicians and members of civil society demand that harassment of Thirumurugan Gandhi be stopped immediately. Thirumurugan Gandhi, a prominent rights activist and coordinator of May 17 movement from India has been subjected to harassment and imprisoned by the Tami lNadu police since August 9, 2018, for participating in[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Indian Parliamentarians To Get Section 377, IPC Repealed In Toto

An Open Letter To Indian Parliamentarians To Get Section 377, IPC Repealed In Toto

  By now you must have perused the judgement of the Supreme Court of India which has partially struck down Section 377, Indian Penal Code (IPC) which hitherto criminalized any sexual act against the order of nature. The judgement was delivered on September 6, 2018. To recapitulate, the Indian Government had informed the Supreme Court that it leaves it to[Read More…]

Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia.  At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights.  (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, can only rely on the bumbling wisdom of its representatives.) At the executive level, deals have been brokered between Canberra and[Read More…]

Under  `House  Arrest’   in  Indian  democracy

Under  `House  Arrest’   in  Indian  democracy

The  term   `house  arrest’  does  not  find  any  mention  in  the CrPC (Criminal  Procedure  Code)   or  the IPC  (Indian  Penal  Code).  But  certain   judges  have  invented  this  term  to  justify  their  decree,  presumably   by  falling  back  upon   an  Article  in  our  Constitution.   Article  142  empowers  the  Supreme  Court  to  “pass   such  decree  or  make  such  order  as  is  necessary  for [Read More…]

The mass grave at Mannar

Mass graves in Mannar point to further war crimes in Sri Lanka

Co-Written By Murali Maran and Vimal Rasenthiran Another mass grave has been uncovered in Sri Lanka, near Mannar, a town in the Northern province, where the almost 30-year war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) resulted in thousands of deaths. According to reports last month, the skeletal remains of 136 individuals were unearthed from a site near[Read More…]

 Trial of Killer Chicago Cop Turns into Attempted Second Execution of Laquan MacDonald

 Trial of Killer Chicago Cop Turns into Attempted Second Execution of Laquan MacDonald

 We’ve seen the horror movie over and over—cops murder people in cold blood, and then walk free almost every time. In the very few cases where one is put on trial, the killer cop gets off scot-free, or with a slap on the wrist, by claiming he feared for his own safety. The prosecutors—so skilled at sending Black and Latino[Read More…]

Live Encounters! – Glorifying Murder

Live Encounters! – Glorifying Murder

In states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand , Odisha or North Eastern  states encounters are common but in Utter Pradesh, the UP government and its police have taken a step further by the ‘ filming’ of encounters live. Few journalists were asked by cops if they are interested in ‘ watching and filming a real encounter’ in Machua village under Harduagunj police[Read More…]

Vivek Tiwari's wife Kalpana Tiwari

The Killing of Apple Employee Vivek Tiwari And Lawlessness in UP

In their moment of grief, I wish to express my complete solidarity with family members of Vivek Tiwari. His killing by the trigger happy UP police is a direct outcome of the policy of complete impunity given by the Yogi Adityanath to the police to kill citizens. We can’t even imagine the pain and grief of Vivek’s family. But it[Read More…]

Rohingya Massacres: U.S State Department Posts Report As UN Agency Formed To Assist ICC

Rohingya Massacres: U.S State Department Posts Report As UN Agency Formed To Assist ICC

Very quietly, without fanfare, in a story that went by almost unnoticed, the U.S. State Department website posted a report this week on the Rohingya massacres and atrocities.  Based on a survey, for which it contracted a Washington-based law firm (PLPG — Public International Law and Policy Group) to conduct the interviews, the report relied on 15,000 pages of supporting[Read More…]

WSS condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court regarding the arrests of Activists

WSS condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court regarding the arrests of Activists

WSS deeply condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court which has dismissed the PIL filed by Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Satish Deshpande, Prabhat Patnaik and Maja Daruwalla and has in effect granted the notorious Pune Police impunity to carry on with its fabricated and malafide investigation in the Bhima Koregaon (FIR No. 4/2018) case. The Court in its vague[Read More…]

 Ominous and Illegitimate Persecution of 11 Members of Refuse Fascism, LA and the Revolution Club, LA

 Ominous and Illegitimate Persecution of 11 Members of Refuse Fascism, LA and the Revolution Club, LA

In Los Angeles, 11 members of Refuse Fascism and the Revolution Club have been criminally charged for engaging in and/or supporting non-violent civil disobedience and political protests which took place from September 2017 through March 2018. These protests included holding banners across the length of the Los Angeles 101 Freeway, with one stating “Trump/Pence Must Go!” and several protests at[Read More…]

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Finding Her Voice In a Deaf “Homeland”

Finding Her Voice In a Deaf “Homeland”

Our “liberal” media push back when riled up MAGA heads spit venom laced with ignorance and stupidity. But the same media turn a deaf ear to the many articulate voices for justice and accountability that have been rising from all across this fracked nation, in their respective communities. And while the media spends its umpteenth week covering, non-stop, what the[Read More…]

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Starvation and Malnutrition in Jharkhand

Starvation and Malnutrition in Jharkhand

Exactly a year ago, 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari of Simdega died of starvation while asking her mother for rice. Her family’s ration card was cancelled for not being linked to Aadhaar. In the last one year, at least 15 people have died due to hunger. Of these, 6 were Adivasis, 4 Dalits, and 5 of backward castes. All these deaths happened[Read More…]

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Thirumurugan Gandhi Subjected To Inhuman Treatment In Prison

Thirumurugan Gandhi Subjected To Inhuman Treatment In Prison

The health of Thirumurugan Gandhi, Coordinator of May17 Movement, has deteriorated in prison and the prison authorities are not giving him due treatment, said the May17 Movement in a statement. He has been kept in solitary confinement for the past 45 days in Vellore prison. He is not allowed to step out of his cell, meet others or talk with[Read More…]

Plight Of Tamil Civilians Living Under Occupation

Plight Of Tamil Civilians Living Under Occupation

Contrary to promises made in Geneva that in the name of peace and reconciliation the Sri Lanka government would dismantle High Security Zones, close army cantonments and return lands seized from the people, the Northern and the Eastern Provinces, considered the Tamil homeland, continue to be occupied zones even nine + years after the end of the war. There are[Read More…]

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Condemning the Abduction and Killings of Police Personnel in Shopian, Kashmir

Condemning the Abduction and Killings of Police Personnel in Shopian, Kashmir

PUDR strongly condemns the abduction and slaying of one constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) by unidentified militants in the Shopian district of Kashmir.The deceased identified as Nisar Ahmad Dhobi (aged 38), Firdous Ahmad Kuchey (aged 28) and Kulwant Singh (aged 35), were picked up from their homes in Batgund and Kapren villages on the morning of 21 September,[Read More…]

Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee man cries as he holds his 40-day-old son, who died as a boat capsized in the shore of Shah Porir Dwip while crossing ...

Will There Ever Be Justice For Rohingya Muslims?

There is an image engraved in our minds of a stoic, reserved, elegant Aung San Suu Kyi unbending in her struggle against Burma’s generals for democracy, and we assumed for human rights.  Last year, when the refugees streamed out of her country in the wake of atrocities, it blocked all UN agencies from delivering food, water and medicine to affected[Read More…]

The NRC Fallout – An exercise of complexities and exclusion

The NRC Fallout – An exercise of complexities and exclusion

The world is awash with thousands of anecdotes about large-scale migration of people to places away from their homelands. Compelled by reasons to escape persecution, evade conflicts, economic and nature-driven pressures, et al. Ideally to make a living, which erupts from a longing for infrastructure, homogenous and pervasive, quintessential for survival. However, a deliberate reducing of millions to the position[Read More…]

Just A Google Search – 56 Hunger Deaths in 2015-18

Just A Google Search – 56 Hunger Deaths in 2015-18

News reports of “starvation deaths” have been coming in a steady trickle over the past few years. One particularly tragic episode was that of eleven-year old Santoshi Kumari in Jharkhand. She died one year ago, on 28 September, begging her mother for rice as she slipped into unconsciousness. It was later learnt that her family had lost their ration card[Read More…]

Carnatic Musician T M Krishna And Others Harangued For Singing Non Hindu Songs

Carnatic Musician T M Krishna And Others Harangued For Singing Non Hindu Songs

In a shocking development affecting the acclaimed musicians of the carnatic tradition, it has come to light that artistes like T M Krishna, O S Arun and Nithyasree Mahadevan have been harangued by some fringe groups in India and the US for performing songs on Christian or supposedly non-Hindu themes. It has been reported that many musicians have received threats[Read More…]

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The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights

The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights

It’s fitting that the same society that produced George Orwell with his warnings of a totalitarian dystopia stacked with all-prying monitors, surveillance and paranoia should yield up some of the most invasive surveillance regimes imaginable.  While some states have found the revelations from Edward Snowden the sort that should initiate, at the very least, modest changes, the United Kingdom preferred[Read More…]

Murder of Dalit RTI Activist – Kedar Singh Jindan

Murder of Dalit RTI Activist – Kedar Singh Jindan

When marginalised and dalit sections of society are being hounded from almost every quarter, the brutal murder of a dalit RTI activist comes as another shock and ghastly incident. Kedar Singh Jindan was allegedly murdered on Friday, 7 September while he was on his way back home. The RTI activist was first attacked and run over by a Scorpio, the[Read More…]

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Trial of Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Begins with Only ONE Black Person on Jury

Trial of Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Begins with Only ONE Black Person on Jury

   It was almost four years ago that Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke fired his gun and struck 17-year-old Laquan McDonald as he was walking away from Van Dyke and other cops, with his arms at his side. Laquan was spun around by the impact of the bullet and fell to the ground, motionless. But the killer pig did not[Read More…]

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If Maoist Violence Is Illegitimate How Is Hindutva Violence And State Violence Justified?

If Maoist Violence Is Illegitimate How Is Hindutva Violence And State Violence Justified?

Co-Written By Swami Agnivesh and Sandeep Pandey There was major police action against Sudha Bhardwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varvara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira on 28 August, 2018. Before this police arrested Professor Shoma Sen, Adocate Sudhir Gadling, Sudhir Dhawle, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson on 6 June. Even before this Dr. Binayak Sen, Soni Sori, Ajay T.G., Professor G.N.[Read More…]

McCarthys of Contemporary India

McCarthys of Contemporary India

If the United States is given a chance to erase some past events from everyone’s mind, it would be the three decades from 1950s to 1970s, particularly Vietnam War, communist witch-hunt and other cold war ‘games’. The ‘Red Scare’ during the Cold War, fueled with exaggerated anti-communist campaign, ensued what was come to known as ‘McCarthyism’. Hundreds of civilians were[Read More…]

Convicted lynchers can get bail, why not under trials ?

Convicted lynchers can get bail, why not under trials ?

One of the famous political philosophers, Montesquieu, in his 18th century book “The Spirit of the Laws” wrote  that “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” The quote holds true especially in the context of 21st century India. Recently, Jharkhand was in news for all[Read More…]

Beating of civilians by Maoists in Phulpad

Beating of civilians by Maoists in Phulpad

News of villagers in Phulpad village of Dantewada district being beaten by Maoists emerged a few days ago in the local media. We went to Phulpad on 15 September to ascertain the facts. Soon after we reached, the villagers assembled outside the local school and spoke to us about the incident. Most of them were very poor people who subsist[Read More…]

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Egyptian Junta continues mass executions spree

Egyptian Junta continues mass executions spree

The US-client regime of Field Marshal Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi continues mass executions spree as an Egyptian kangaroo court sentences another 75 anti-government people to death. According to Reuters report, an Egyptian kangaroo court sentenced 75 people to death on Saturday (Sept 8) including prominent opposition leaders Essam al-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi over a 2013 sit-in which ended with killing hundreds[Read More…]

Partial implementation of the PwD act at AMU

Partial implementation of the PwD act at AMU

Disables in India are extremely vulnerable section of society. They were and still treated as outcast. Post independence several marginalised sections got their share through constitutional provision of ‘positive discrimination’i.e. reservation. Seats for SCc/STs are reserved in legislative bodies, educational institutions, in executives and in other fields same is the case with OBCc. However things are not satisfactory still these[Read More…]

From Gramsci to Madani

From Gramsci to Madani

On the evening of 08 November 1926 Antonio Gramsci was arrested in Rome and in accordance with a series of “Exceptional Laws” enacted by the fascist-dominated Italian legislature, committed to solitary confinement at the Regina Coeli prison. This began a ten-year odyssey, marked by almost constant physical and psychic pain as a result of a prison experience that culminated, on[Read More…]

Members of the European Parliament Demand The Release of Arrested Activists in India

Members of the European Parliament Demand The Release of Arrested Activists in India

  Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the European Union for Foreing Affairs and Security Policy We, the undersigned Members of the European Parliament, condemn the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of human and democratic rights activists across India, on August 28, 2018. Amongst the people raided are Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Kranti Teluka and Prof K Satyanarayana. But[Read More…]

Chandrasekhar Azad Ravan Gets Freedom

Chandrasekhar Azad Ravan Gets Freedom

Chandrasekhar, also known as Ravan,30 was arrested in June 2017 in connection with the May 5 clashes in which one person was killed and 16 others were injured at Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur,Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to revoke the dreaded National Security Act filed against Chandrasekhar Azad ,the young and dynamic leader of[Read More…]

Australia was founded on a hypocrisy that haunts us to this day

Australia was founded on a hypocrisy that haunts us to this day

US slave owners wrote and spoke about liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness. Similar hypocrisy, buried in the foundations of settler Australia, has escaped comparable scrutiny. The nature of the early settlements is so well known that it is frequently taken for granted. But for the first 50 years New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land were, above all[Read More…]

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REPEAL UAPA!  Uphold the Right to Dissent!

REPEAL UAPA!  Uphold the Right to Dissent!

We are going through one of the most repressive times in post-Independent India where the fundamental rights of expression and the right to form any organization or association that can question government policies or fight for rights of the people have been criminalized.  The government, armed with acts like Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), is coming down heavily on all those standing up for the rights of[Read More…]

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The Little Acknowledged Legacy of Steve Biko

The Little Acknowledged Legacy of Steve Biko

This opinion Piece was widely circulated through the Independent Newspapers Group and was published in the Daily News (08 Sept 2008), Cape Argus (11 Sept. 2008) and in other newspapers belonging to the group. It has since been republished over the past decade by universities, NGOs and in international media. The repeated requests to have it republished is based on[Read More…]

Refugee Enigma: Exploring Solution under Municipal Jurisdictions

Refugee Enigma: Exploring Solution under Municipal Jurisdictions

            A large number of countries undertakes the general obligation to protect political refugees. However, the responsibility to safeguard humanitarian refugees is still moral and humanitarian for a large number of countries.  In some cases, the principle of asylum for refugees is expressly acknowledged in the national constitution. In others, ratification of the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status[Read More…]

IIM Bangalore Students And Faculty Condemn The Arrest of Activists

IIM Bangalore Students And Faculty Condemn The Arrest of Activists

We, the undersigned faculty, staff, and students of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) community, are issuing this statement in response to the arrests of, and raids on, human rights activists and academics, in the last week of August 2018. We believe that democracy thrives when dissent is allowed, and not in an environment of fear and persecution and[Read More…]

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Human rights’ activists on trial

Human rights’ activists on trial

The supreme court has extended the house arrest of five human rights activists who were arrested last week. However, when the case comes before it on 12th September, it would be a enormous service to nation if it could reflect on the larger picture of the country in which human rights activists are branded, framed, arrested and sent to jail[Read More…]

The Murderer of Laquan McDonald Must Not Walk Free!  

The Murderer of Laquan McDonald Must Not Walk Free!  

  Seconds after exiting his patrol car, Jason Van Dyke pumped 16 shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, murdering him in cold blood. For over a year, the authorities lied and covered up the video. When it was finally released, millions of people around the world learned the truth: Laquan McDonald was gunned down as he walked away from the police.[Read More…]

A Student Arrested For Shouting The Slogan “fascist BJP government down, down”

A Student Arrested For Shouting The Slogan “fascist BJP government down, down”

Tamil Nadu government which killed 13 people in Tutucorin, protesting against Sterlite Copper smelting factory owned by Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resource is turning even more repressive. In the latest episode Lois Sofia, 28 year old student studying in Canada, was arrested for shouting a slogan “fascist BJP government down, down” on board a flight in the presence[Read More…]

Statement demanding immediate release of writers, activists and human rights defenders

Statement demanding immediate release of writers, activists and human rights defenders

We, a group of alumni of IIT Kanpur and others as students, researchers, faculty, staff and other community members affiliated with the same institute strongly condemn the arrest of IIT Kanpur alumna Sudha Bharadwaj (Integrated MSc., Mathematics, 1979-1984) and other activists namely, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao, and the raiding of houses of Anand Teltumbde, K.[Read More…]

Sedition Law And Human Rights

Sedition Law And Human Rights

There is no doubt that the founding philosophy of administration in India is based upon the pre-independence British rule, and Our Indian constitution does hold true many laws that then existed. However, the British Law In India and the Indian Constitution are widely divergent in letter and in spirit. The Government of India Act, and subsequent acts were to legacy of the[Read More…]

Twist in the Tale: Maharashtra Police Press Conference on August 31 on Nationwide Raids and Arrests 

Twist in the Tale: Maharashtra Police Press Conference on August 31 on Nationwide Raids and Arrests 

  The Press Conference Parambir Singh, ADG (Maharastra Police), flanked by his two deputies – Shivaji Bodkhe, JCP, Pune and the investigating officer, Shivaji Pawar, ACP, in a press conference in Mumbai, inaugurated a distinctly new storyline, incorporating and retaining only fragments of the earlier official versions, on the nationwide raids and arrests carried out on August 28. (Ref.: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=PCVKfstx2Qc&app=desktop#dialog>,[Read More…]

“Case against me is nothing but an absolute fabrication” – Stan Swamy 

“Case against me is nothing but an absolute fabrication” – Stan Swamy 

 Maharashtra police held a press conference in Mumbai on August 31, 2018. Additional Director-General (law and order) of Maharashtra police Mr. Parambir Singh told the media that in relation to the incident of Bhima-Koregaon, initially a FIR was lodged on January 8, 2018. According to him the name of Stan Swamy was added in the aforesaid FIR on August 23[Read More…]

Condemn Arrests of Democratic Rights Activists

Condemn Arrests of Democratic Rights Activists

CDRO condemns the raid and arrests of democratic rights activists in Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ranchi and Goa by Maharashtra police on 28th of August under the pretext of investigation in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Following the arrests of five academics, lawyers and activists in June, the second wave of arrests have expanded to include writers and journalists as[Read More…]

Internet Surveillance

Internet Surveillance

“Learn about the dangers of the Internet before you start using it!” “Anyone who thinks their computer or smartphone is not installed with government software is a child. We are all on the grid and we are all traceable to someone.” These are only two comments from many on an Associated Press report headlined “Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools[Read More…]

Shahidul Alam Possibly Deserves a Nobel Prize! 

Shahidul Alam Possibly Deserves a Nobel Prize! 

Since his recent Gestapo-style abduction, rather than arrest, Shahidul Alam of Bangladesh is no longer a stranger to people, well-beyond the boundaries of his country. Twenty-odd Bangladeshi law-enforcers – all in plainclothes – stormed into his house, destroyed the cc cameras on the premises, neutralized the security guards, and picked him up around midnight on August 5th. By now twelve[Read More…]

Rally against the arrests of activists held in Vancouver

Rally against the arrests of activists held in Vancouver

The members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) held a rally against the recent arrests of five political activists in India. The Friday rally organized at Holland Park in Surrey was attended by the representatives of various progressive groups. The speakers unanimously condemned the the arrests of revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, Human Rights lawyer Sudha Bhardawaj, besides authors and[Read More…]

Lies Spread Against Dr Anand Teltumbde

Lies Spread Against Dr Anand Teltumbde

A friend whatsapped me a clip of a news item published in The Hindu of today instant under the heading “Activist held meets abroad: police” in which in reference to me the following lines are written

Suicide rate said to spike among Ahwazis

Suicide rate said to spike among Ahwazis

 Ahwazi rights groups worried about the suicide trend; highest rate was among Ahwazis aged 18-25. Several workers at a sugar processing plant in the Haft Tepe district, located about 15 km south-east of Susa city in the northern Ahwaz region, have attempted to commit suicide by dousing themselves with Benzene and setting themselves on fire. Their colleagues intervened, rescuing them[Read More…]

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The Legalities of the Police Firing on the Civilians

The Legalities of the Police Firing on the Civilians

“An unarmed, peaceful protest procession in the land of `salt satyagraha’, fast-unto- death and `do or die’ is no jural anathema” –Krishna Iyer A valuable aspect of political life in India is a tradition to express grievances through direct action or peaceful protest and a distinguishing feature of any democracy is the space offered for legitimate dissent. One cherished Organized,[Read More…]

Reminiscing ABVA’s Struggle for Gay Rights in the Twentieth Century – A Brief History of That Time

Reminiscing ABVA’s Struggle for Gay Rights in the Twentieth Century – A Brief History of That Time

ABVA organizes the first ever gay rights protest in India at Police Head Quarters, New Delhi; 11 August, 1992 As the Supreme Court of India is on the verge of decriminalizing adult consensual homosexual sex in India an attempt to capture ABVA’s struggle for gay rights in India in the twentieth century is in order. The struggle was unique as[Read More…]

India: Drop the charges against human rights defenders

India: Drop the charges against human rights defenders

I am writing to voice my deep concern about the the arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Varavaa Rao, as I strongly believe that they are directly linked to their peaceful and legitimate work in defence of human rights.

Democracy Under Siege !

Democracy Under Siege !

A Statement Issued by New Socialist Initiative (NSI) on the recent arrests of human rights defenders and public intellectuals With Ground Slipping Fast Beneath Its Feet, BJP government Resorting to Draconian Measures ! 1. New Socialist Initiative strongly condemns the arbitrary and malicious manner in which the Pune Police, at the behest of its saffron masters, raided the houses of[Read More…]

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Open  letter  to  Pune  Police  Commissioner

Open  letter  to  Pune  Police  Commissioner

Dear  Shri  K.  Venkateshan I  feel  terribly  sorry  about  your  future  career.  You  missed  a  chance  of  winning  a  police  medal  –  or  even  a  Padmashri.  Even  though  you  got  custody  of   the  five  rights  activists  (Varvara  Rao   Gautam  Navlakha,  Sudha Bharadwaj,  Vernon  Gonzalves  and  Arun  Ferreira) –  you  failed  to  bump  them  off  in  a  false  `encounter’,  the  oft-repeated [Read More…]

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A young survivor of August 9 Saudi-led attack on his school bus, with fragment of U.S. made missile - Photo/Ahmad Algohbarya

 Catholic Support for War- Another Child Abuse Scandal

On August 14, a report from a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania identified 300 Catholic priests across the state who had sexually abused more than 1,000 children. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades,” the grand jury wrote in one[Read More…]

Bangladesh Must Release Political Prisoner & Eminent Photojournalist Dr Shahidul Alam From Prison

Bangladesh Must Release Political Prisoner & Eminent Photojournalist Dr Shahidul Alam From Prison

  Internationally-renowned  Bangladeshi scholar, activist  and photojournalist Dr Shahidul Alam has been badly beaten and imprisoned as a result of giving an Al Jazeera interview and posting videos in relation to Bangladeshi student  road safety protests and the violent Bangladeshi  Government response. This gross human rights violation has prompted international demands from media and humanitarian organizations, notably Amnesty International, for[Read More…]

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Arrest of Activists: Time To Ask Some Serious Questions

Arrest of Activists: Time To Ask Some Serious Questions

A few serious questions have been raised about the arrest of activists. People are talking about their caste and connections and suggesting that ‘India’ is ‘waking’ up because of their castes, as most of them are savarnas or brahmins but I think it is a generalisation without understanding the realities. Yes, a number of them may be well connected with[Read More…]

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All arrested human rights defenders must be immediately released, and all false cases dropped

All arrested human rights defenders must be immediately released, and all false cases dropped

Since early morning 28th August, homes of 10 well-known public activists in Mumbai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Delhi, Faridabad and Goa were raided by Maharashtra Police, and 5 have been arrested. With the intervention of the Delhi HC and SC on 29th Aug stalling their transit remand, there are presently under house arrest. The arrested include Human Rights activist Gautam Navlakha and[Read More…]

“Desist from Malicious Media Trials”: NWMI

“Desist from Malicious Media Trials”: NWMI

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI), a forum for media professionals from across the country, is deeply dismayed at the unprofessional, biased and non-factual reporting on the case of the recent arrests of human rights activists from several Indian cities. On the morning of August 28, 2018, a team of the Pune Police arrested advocate and law teacher[Read More…]

Joint Statement of Rights Groups on the Arrest of Public Intellectuals

Joint Statement of Rights Groups on the Arrest of Public Intellectuals

  On 28th August 2018, simultaneous raids were conducted by Police on the premises of prominent human rights and civil liberties activists and public intellectuals – Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj (National Secretary, PUCL) in Faridabad, Father Stan Swamy in Jharkhand, Senior Writer and Poet VaravaraRao, his two daughters – Anala and Pavana, ‘The Hindu’ journalist KV Kumaranath, English and Foreign Languages[Read More…]

Arrest and Prosecute Sambhaji Bhide and Release Intellectuals/Activists

Arrest and Prosecute Sambhaji Bhide and Release Intellectuals/Activists

The action of Pune police arresting a number of progressive intellectuals and human rights activists in various parts of the country is highly condemnable. The world knows that the violence perpetrated on thousands of Dalit men and women on 1st Jan. 2018 in Bhima-Koregaon, Maharashtra, was planned and wickedly executed by certain ‘Hindutvwadi’ persons. One of them Milind Ekbote was arrested[Read More…]

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# MeTooUrbanNaxal: Arundhati Roy

# MeTooUrbanNaxal: Arundhati Roy

This morning’s papers (August 30 2018) settle something that we have been debating for a while. A front-page report in the Indian Express says “Police to Court: Those held part of anti-fascist plot to overthrow govt.” We should know by now that we are up against a regime that its own police call fascist.In the India of today, to belong[Read More…]

Joint Statement Against Continuing Arrests of Rights Activists

Joint Statement Against Continuing Arrests of Rights Activists

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose and condemn the illegal raids carried out in different cities, and arrests of Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Varavara Rao by the Maharashtra Police on 28 th August 2018. These are only the most recent arrests in a continuing wave of repression spearheaded by the police at the behest of their[Read More…]

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Condemns The Arrest of Public Intellectuals

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Condemns The Arrest of Public Intellectuals

Statement by People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) against arrest of five Intellectuals and Human rights Activists on 28 August, 2018 Pune police under BJP government in Maharashtra arrested five well known left leaning intellectuals and activists under UAPA on 28th August. Eighty years old Varvara Rao is a famousTelegu poet.Sudha Bhardwaj is general secretary of People’s Union for[Read More…]

Jharkhand’s civil society condemns recent raids on Stan Swamy and other human rights activists

Jharkhand’s civil society condemns recent raids on Stan Swamy and other human rights activists

We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals who are critical of the government and the ruling party at the Centre. The arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira and others are nothing but an attempt by the government[Read More…]

UN condemns Burma’s persecution of Rohingya minority

UN condemns Burma’s persecution of Rohingya minority

A UN fact-finding panel issued a report on Monday calling for the prosecution of six senior Burmese generals on charges of genocide over their role in the state persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority. The document is the sharpest rebuke by the international body against the Burmese regime, since it launched wholesale ethnic cleansing last year. The findings[Read More…]

Why should our children die because of tests on the medicines of an American company?

Why should our children die because of tests on the medicines of an American company?

Why should our children die because of tests on the medicines of an American company? Why don’t our Babus bother about ethics and norms in permitting them to conduct such fatal tests, and thus allow US pharma companies to earn millions? It is so strange that none bothers even to compensate the death of children.   Doesn’t it amount to[Read More…]

Swami Agnivesh: Social Reformer Under attack

Swami Agnivesh: Social Reformer Under attack

On 17th August (2018), during the funeral procession of the former Prime Minster of India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Swami Agnivesh was assaulted outside the BJP head office, when Swami was trying to participate in the procession. The assaulters, the some members of the crowd, began to heckle him and then they physically attacked him. They were raising the slogans, Bharat[Read More…]

PUCL Condemns the arrest of public intellectuals

PUCL Condemns the arrest of public intellectuals

PUCL STRONGLY Condemns and denounces THE ARRESTs under the draconian UAPA OF – Sudha Bharadwaj, PUCL National Secretary Gautam Navalakha of PUDR, Prof. Anand Teltumbde of CPDR, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, advocates, and Vara Vara Rao, noted poet and rights activist. PUCL also denounces the simultaneous multi-city raids conducted today, 28th August 2018 in a concerted and pre-meditated manner[Read More…]

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Dr Anand Teltumbde’s Statement on the Police Acton against him on 28 August 2018

Dr Anand Teltumbde’s Statement on the Police Acton against him on 28 August 2018

I had just woken up somewhat late, tired of late night arrival of the flight. Just saw missed calls from Prof Ajit Parulekar, who is a colleague and director of Goa Institute of Management where I work a Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics. He shocked me by informing that the Pune Police accompanied by Goa Police entered the[Read More…]

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IAPI condemns the arrests of five political activists in India

IAPI condemns the arrests of five political activists in India

The members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India have unanimously condemned the arrests of five political activists in India. In all, ten resolutions were passed at the emergency meeting of the IAPI in Delta on Tuesday evening, August 28. One of the resolutions condemned the arrests of political activists and raids on the houses of others across India. Those arrested[Read More…]

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Joint Statement condemning arrest of activists and public intellectuals

Joint Statement condemning arrest of activists and public intellectuals

We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals who are critical of the government and the ruling party at the Centre. The arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Kranthi Tekula and others, are nothing but an attempt by[Read More…]

Mass Graves – Disappearances – OMP – PTA  –   Justice to Tamils Victims ? 

Mass Graves – Disappearances – OMP – PTA  –   Justice to Tamils Victims ? 

The culture of impunity to the security forces under the DRACONIAN PREVENTION TERRORISM ACT [PTA] and their licence to kill especially the Tamils caused several disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka. It is to be noted that the Mass Graves, Disappearances and the Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] are all inter-connected. The Office of the Missing Persons is toothless[Read More…]

UAPA on Thirumurugan Gandhi for expressing solidarity to Palestinian Struggle

UAPA on Thirumurugan Gandhi for expressing solidarity to Palestinian Struggle

Thirumurugan Gandhi, civil rights activist and coordinator of May 17 Movement has been booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) act for expressing his solidarity to the Palestinian struggle in a public meeting, in 2017. Thirumurugan Gandhi is in jail for the past 14 days. He was detained in the Bangalore international airport on his return from Geneva[Read More…]

Trump’s Nazi Assaults on Immigrants Aren’t a Repudiation of America’s History and Values—They’re a Concentration of Them!

Trump’s Nazi Assaults on Immigrants Aren’t a Repudiation of America’s History and Values—They’re a Concentration of Them!

Trump and his cohorts are justifying their war on immigrants by viciously demonizing them as “rapists” and “vermin” from “shithole countries” who are “infesting” America. This is the same language Adolf Hitler used to target and dehumanize Jews, Roma people (gypsies), and others in Nazi Germany. Laura Ingraham of Fox News recently chimed in to the fascist chorus, expressing her[Read More…]

The Search for “Original Inhabitants” in Assam and the future of the “Other”

The Search for “Original Inhabitants” in Assam and the future of the “Other”

The final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam has rejected the claim of citizenship of about 4.07 million persons. The administrative head of NRC in Assam has said that the four million rejected persons would get another chance to reapply with additional documents and their cases would be reassessed. The Supreme Court has also said that the[Read More…]

Why I do not want to appear on Republic TV – Sudha Bharadwaj

Why I do not want to appear on Republic TV – Sudha Bharadwaj

I have received through my counsel a reply from Phoenix Legal on behalf of Republic TV dated 7th August to my Legal Notice dated 16th July 2018. Both my Notice and the Reply thereto have been annexed here. First of all this reply claims that in my notice I “have reflected wanton prejudice against Mr Goswami with the intention to[Read More…]

Dr. Kafeel Khan and UP government apathy towards children

Dr. Kafeel Khan and UP government apathy towards children

While speaking on Independence day, the PM announced launching of the world’s largest  Healthcare scheme  ( Ayushman Bharat Yojana) , little was mentioned about the pathetic medical facilities in hospitals in the country. Gorakhpur incidents are still fresh in peoples’ memories. BRD Hospital and Khan When children were dying of encephalitis, the doctor in charge of the ward tried his[Read More…]

Release Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad and Associates from jail immediately!

Release Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad and Associates from jail immediately!

We the following Dalit and democratic rights organisations/groups in the UK condemn the continued unjust imprisonment of Dalit activists and Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ by the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government in India. On 5th May 2017 in Saharanpur, UP, 50 houses of Dalits were set on fire and destroyed, Dalit men were beaten up and their women molested.[Read More…]

Immediate and independent probe of the alleged encounter killing of 15 ‘Naxals’ in Sukma

Immediate and independent probe of the alleged encounter killing of 15 ‘Naxals’ in Sukma

The morning of August 6th 2018, preliminary news reports indicated that 15 ‘Naxals’ had been gunned down by the Chhattisgarh police in Sukma district. This encounter, the reports claimed, also included injuries to two others, a man and a woman, who were then arrested. This encounter happened near Nalkatong village in the Mika Tong forests near Gollapalli and Konta Block[Read More…]

NRC and the Rationale of ‘Final Solution’

NRC and the Rationale of ‘Final Solution’

Recently, I came across two films dominated by a theme of an apocalyptic future, one of them was Avengers Infinity War and the other one was Mission: Impossible-Fallout. What makes them important for me is the political philosophy of the antagonists behind their zeal for a balance in the cosmos. The rationale behind their reasoning’s were crudely utilitarian at its[Read More…]

Vilification Campaign Against Dr Sanal Mohan of Mahatma Gandhi University

Vilification Campaign Against Dr Sanal Mohan of Mahatma Gandhi University

Born in a Dalit family in Parakkappara, one of the remotest migrant-settler villages in the northern district of Kannur Kerala, Sanal Mohan has his early schooling, undergraduate education and research studies in various institutions in the state of Kerala. Mohan joined Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in 1993 as a Lecturer in Ethnography, and has completed 25 years of service to[Read More…]

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The Arrest and Detention of Thirumurugan Gandhi is Illegal

The Arrest and Detention of Thirumurugan Gandhi is Illegal

Tamil Nadu is the latest lab for fascist experimentation. Voices of civil rights activists and movements are stifled in every possible way. Arrests of activists have become an everyday affair. While permission to conduct a public meeting or protest is denied to movements, the sangh organizations are given a free hand.With its firm clutches on the state government, the ruling[Read More…]

 Four Years After Pigs Murdered Mike Brown Will Electing Black Officials Stop Police Murder and Terror?

 Four Years After Pigs Murdered Mike Brown Will Electing Black Officials Stop Police Murder and Terror?

  Can electing Black district attorneys stop police murder and terror? That’s what the system’s media is telling us. On Tuesday, August 7, Wesley Bell, a young Black city councilman, defeated longtime St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic Party primary. Bell will now run, unopposed, for district attorney in the general election. McCulloch is white and had[Read More…]

A Reply to Dr. Hiren Gohain

A Reply to Dr. Hiren Gohain

Co-Written by Suraj Gogoi and Parag Jyoti Saikia It is rather unfortunate that we have to share these questions and concerns with you, because you have been an epitome of courage and one who held human dignity above all. Marginalised people of Assam and in civil society respects you for those solidarities that emanated from your pen when they needed[Read More…]

Release Shahidul Alam immediately from arbitrary detention

Release Shahidul Alam immediately from arbitrary detention

According to the information received, on August 5, 2018 at around 10.30 pm, Mr. Shahidul Alam was forcibly taken from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, by a group of men in plain clothes, who identified themselves as officers of the Detective Branch (DB) of the Police. Mr. Shahidul Alam’s house was searched and all the CCTV cameras were destroyed.

Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested At Bangalore Airport

Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested At Bangalore Airport

Human rights defender and leader of May17 Movement, Thirumurugan Gandhi has been arrested at the Bangalore airport early morning today. Thirumurugan Gandhi was travelling back from a recent visit to Europe, where he addressed the UNHRC meeting in Geneva where he spoke about the recent protest against the sterlite plant in Tuticorin in which 13 people lost their lives in[Read More…]

Nagaon: People check their names on the final draft of the state's National Register of Citizens after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on Monday, July 30, 2018. (PTI Photo)   (PTI7_30_2018_000108B)

Assam’s National Register of Citizens: A Fact Based Analysis

The draft has some flaws, but talk of bloodbath, deportation does not measure up to the facts of the exercise. The final draft of the National Register of Citizens for Assam, published on July 30, is a good document with some shortcomings. But the real problem is the fear-mongering by many Indian media outlets outside the North East. Some TV channels have[Read More…]

Muzafarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities

Muzafarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities

The horrifying news from a state sponsored shelter home at Muzafarpur town in Bihar has lowered the national esteem beyond imagination. All over the country there has been shock and dismay at this shameful news. No one believed that even such kind of ghastly act can take place in a state run shelter home. Now, when the heat and dust[Read More…]

Ugly American Anti-Immigrant Offensive Continues to Ramp Up

Ugly American Anti-Immigrant Offensive Continues to Ramp Up

   Immigrant prisoners forced to choose between separation from kids or indefinite detention together, as government prepares military bases for concentration camps The whole world watched in horror in June as the Trump/Pence regime showed what “zero tolerance” looks like in the hands of sadistic, cold-blooded fascists. The images of terrified immigrant children torn from parents who’d just been arrested[Read More…]

“Prison reform” bill stalled in Senate as National Prison Strike looms

“Prison reform” bill stalled in Senate as National Prison Strike looms

One of the more curious developments in recent months has been the bipartisan effort to pass the First Step Act, a “prison reform” bill that was approved by the House of Representatives in May.  If passed by the Senate, the bill will lead to some minor improvements in the treatment of prisoners currently incarcerated in federal prison. However, the bill[Read More…]

National Register of Citizens in Assam: Need for Responsibility, Caution and Restraint

National Register of Citizens in Assam: Need for Responsibility, Caution and Restraint

The problem of presence of illegal Bangladeshi nationals in Assam is quite complex and old. When the students movement against the Bangladeshi infiltration in Assam held in the eighties, they were supported by socialists and Gandhians of the country. Then that movement was secular and its emphasis was on Assamese citizens identity. Although there was opposition to Bangla-speaking population, but[Read More…]

The Assam NRC List: India Faces The Greatest Threat To Its Unity And Integrity

The Assam NRC List: India Faces The Greatest Threat To Its Unity And Integrity

After making nearly 40 lakh people predominantly Muslims as suspect as an Indian citizen, BJP leaders seems to have found new hopes to create turmoil in rest of the country. Now they are demanding that this exercise should be taken in their states too. The chorus will be louder day by day with the thuggish anchors competing each other in[Read More…]

India must stand by the Rohingya in their hour of need

India must stand by the Rohingya in their hour of need

Rohingya refugees are back in the news again. On Tuesday (July 30) Mr. Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home said some of the Rohingya living in India do not have the status of “refugee” but are “illegal migrants” who would be deported once their details have been prepared. Reiterating his earlier position, Rijiju said since they are illegal migrants,[Read More…]

Decade of Kandhamal : Call for Action on Kandhamal Day August 25th, 2018

Decade of Kandhamal : Call for Action on Kandhamal Day August 25th, 2018

Dear Friends, We hope you remember the grave communal genocide in Kandhamal in Odisha, which happened in 2008. Barely after eight days after celebration of Independence day, India witnessed the biggest organized communal attack against the Christians in the last few centuries. Since 2009, people of Kandhamal and outside have been organizing 25th August as Kandhamal Day.each year This year[Read More…]

KUALA LUMPUR 30 JULAI 2018. Sebuah kapal yang dalam misi kemanusiaan ke Palestin bersama 22 aktivis dipercayai dirampas Israel, ketika ia menghampiri Gaza. Kapal Al-Awda terputus hubungan komunikasi dengan pihak media Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) dan dalam laporan terakhir radio kapal, ketua kapal menyatakan mereka melihat 4 kapal perang Israel sedang menghampiri kapal itu. EMAIL.

Israel’s Criminal Behaviour

The violent assault upon a number of unarmed passengers on board Al Awda, a ship bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza has exposed yet again the hideous face of Israeli occupation. Reports suggest that some of the victims of the 31st July attack had sustained injuries —- one of them being the renowned Penang-born Palestinian activist, Dr.Ang Swee Chai. An eye-witness[Read More…]

Fact Finding Report: Starvation Deaths of 3 Minor Girls In East Delhi

Fact Finding Report: Starvation Deaths of 3 Minor Girls In East Delhi

Three minor girls Mansi (8), Shikha (4) and Parul (2) died on July 24, 2018 in Mandawali, East Delhi and the post mortem reports listed starvation as the cause of the deaths. Members of the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA)- Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri along with Harsh Mander (former special commissioner to the Supreme Court in the Right[Read More…]

The Final Draft of State Sponsored Statelessness: NRC and the 4 million ‘stateless people’ of India

The Final Draft of State Sponsored Statelessness: NRC and the 4 million ‘stateless people’ of India

40 lakh people have been excluded in the final draft of National Register of Citizens which was prepared jointly by Central Government and State Government of Assam and monitored by Supreme Court. The total expenditure incurred till date for conducting NRC is reportedly Rs1200 crore with a half lakh people engaged in collecting data and processing it which includes both[Read More…]

SDG 3 and the Health of Char Women in Assam

SDG 3 and the Health of Char Women in Assam

Among the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set up by UN to be achieved by 2030, health and well-being stands at the number three positions from the top. That means ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all is a top priority of SDGs worldwide. The highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental right of every person. Many countries[Read More…]

Egyptian Kangaroo Court sentences 75 pro-Morsi protesters to death

Egyptian Kangaroo Court sentences 75 pro-Morsi protesters to death

An Egyptian Kangaroo Court Saturday (July 28) sentenced 75 supporters of the former President Mohammad Morsi to death. Egyptian Kangaroo courts are on death sentences spree since the overthrow of Mohammad Morsi, the first democratically election president of Egypt by US client General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi who has since assumed the title of Field Marshall. Last month Egypt’s Zagazig Criminal[Read More…]

A Brief History of Global Refugee Crisis: From Origins to Contemporary Scenario

A Brief History of Global Refugee Crisis: From Origins to Contemporary Scenario

 “We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities aren’t left dealing with this alone”, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, heralds. ‘Global Trends’, the yearly report published by UNHCR unravels the contemporary state of global population of forcibly displaced people. “Globally, the[Read More…]

Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American ideals

Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American ideals

Over 50 years ago, in his letter from the Birmingham Jail, addressing a struggle of the civil right era, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” His message is now more prevalent than[Read More…]

Justice and Capital Punishment – A Glimpse at the Murder of Udayakumar

Justice and Capital Punishment – A Glimpse at the Murder of Udayakumar

The Special CBI Court has sentenced two police officers K. Jeethakumar and S.V. Sreekumar to be hanged till death for their crime of torturing and murdering Udayakumar. Others who were proven to be involved in the crime, P.T. Ajit Kumar (DYSP), EK Sabu (SP) and TK Haridas were given the punishment of 3 years imprisonment, for destroying the evidences, conspiracy[Read More…]

Hundreds of immigrant children remain separated from parents as court deadline passes

Hundreds of immigrant children remain separated from parents as court deadline passes

In one of the cruelest and most outrageous violations of human rights in American history, the Trump administration has refused to reunite nearly a thousand of the immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began to carry out in early May. The deadline of[Read More…]

IAPL Condemns Recent Incidents of “Lynching” by Lawyers

IAPL Condemns Recent Incidents of “Lynching” by Lawyers

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the recent attack by lawyers on those accused of a child rape within the Madras High Court premises on 17th July 2018. This act of the officers of the Bar is not an isolated incident and has been witnessed in 2016 in the Patiala Court in Delhi and other courts. It would[Read More…]

Trump administration deported up to 463 immigrant parents without their children

Trump administration deported up to 463 immigrant parents without their children

As many as 463 immigrant parents may have been deported without being reunited with their children, according to filings made by the Trump administration in federal court on Monday. Previously, the government had admitted to only 12 parents being deported without their children. The official status of the 463 parents remains uncertain. Federal lawyers stated in court Tuesday that they[Read More…]

Free Julian Assange

Free Julian Assange

What have Julian Assange, Stephen Hawking and Noam Chomsky in common? They spoke the truth. Stephen Hawking left us with these words of wisdom “In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years.?” Noam Chomsky echoes the same warning. As an 82 year old Global Citizen, I concluded a[Read More…]

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, spoke at length with the World Socialist Web Site yesterday about the dangerous situation facing her son who, according to recent media reports, confronts imminent eviction from Ecuador’s embassy in London. Christine Assange commented on the US-led efforts to frame-up her son and extradite him to America on bogus espionage charges,[Read More…]

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Photo caption: Witness Against Torture activists protest at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates on January 9, 2018.

God Only Knows

“If they would just confirm to us that my brother is alive, if they would just let us see him, that’s all we want. But we can’t get anyone to give us any confirmation. My mother dies a hundred times every day. They don’t know what that is like.” In July of 2018, an Amnesty International report entitled “God Knows[Read More…]

Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange’s fate hangs in the balance

Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange’s fate hangs in the balance

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno arrives in London today, with his administration seeking to force WikiLeaks editor and Australian citizen Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy there, where he sought and was granted political asylum in 2012. If Assange leaves the embassy he will be imprisoned by Britain for breaching bail and almost certainly face an application to extradite him[Read More…]

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Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange

Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange

It is perhaps typical in a time where a star of the fleshy celluloid wonder Baywatch, heavy in bust and known for her sexual adventures, should feature as a political voice.  Pamela Anderson’s views are treated with judicious seriousness – at least in some quarters.  Her association with Julian Assange has given needless room for columns on what, exactly, their[Read More…]

Global Compact for Migration: A Necessary First Step

Global Compact for Migration: A Necessary First Step

On 12 July 2018, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to the text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration after more than a year of discussions among Member States, non-governmental organizations, academic specialists on migration issues as well as interviews with migrants and refugees. imm01_400The discussion had gained visibility in September 2016 at the U.N. General[Read More…]

Left to Right: Ghazanafar Abbas, Sanjay Kumar, Ravi Nitesh, Dr. Shankar Lal, Swami Agnivesh, Ram Mohan Rai, Pradeep

Swami Agnivesh: A Monk who teaches rationality of Science, Rule of Law along with Religious belief and Spirituality And faced attempt of Mob lynching for this

An 80 year old, saffron dressed monk was talking with local tribal groups in Pakur district of Jharkhand when he heard that an angry mob gathered outside to protest him. Allegedly this mob was workers of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, associations supported by the BJP, a party which is in government at Centre and Jharkhand[Read More…]

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The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

“In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.” These were some of the remarks made by outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final briefing to the Human[Read More…]

Hundreds rally to oppose the RTI Amendment

Hundreds rally to oppose the RTI Amendment

Co-Written by Indrani Talukdar and Sharonee Dasgupta The Right to Information (RTI) Act, one of the most extensively used transparency legislation in the world was introduced to keep a check on the functioning of the government. According to news reports, around 4 to 6 million information applications are filed every year. However, in the present scenario when the central government[Read More…]

The Assualt on Agnivesh

The Assualt on Agnivesh

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) is shocked to learn that the prominent Indian social activist, Swami Agnivesh, was assaulted on the 17th of July 2018 in the Pakur area of Jharkhand State while leaving a hotel where he had participated in an event. The assassins are allegedly from the youth wing of the BJP, the ruling party.[Read More…]

Deleting Muslims

Deleting Muslims

Dear friends across India, In a few days, India will delete as many as 7 million Muslims in Assam State from its master list of “citizens” because they speak the wrong language and worship the wrong God. Husbands, wives, and children could be torn apart and left to rot in prison camps. This is how genocides begin – how the[Read More…]

Just One Reason Why Cancer Research Is A Sick Joke

Just One Reason Why Cancer Research Is A Sick Joke

 “Why would a police officer arrest someone who was protesting at a nuclear facility? Because it’s his job? Isn’t it everyone’s ‘job’ to do away with the causes of cancer?” — demonstrator participating in a blockade at the entrance of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, June 21, 1982 Sick joke? Well, perhaps I should have simply said that raising money for cancer[Read More…]

Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents

Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents

The Trump administration has blatantly ignored a court order requiring it to reunify children under the age of five who were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Out of 103 of the youngest children, only 57 children were reunited with their parents while the remaining 46 were deemed “ineligible” for alleged “safety” reasons or because their parents were[Read More…]

Professor Tariq Ramadan: Detention Without Trial

Professor Tariq Ramadan: Detention Without Trial

 When Tariq Ramadan, the respected Oxford Professor of Islamic Studies, voluntarily flew from London to Paris to be questioned over rape allegations, which he vehemently denied and for which evidence is yet nowhere to be found, he must have been confident he was not walking in through the iron gates of an Al-Shabab court somewhere in Africa. That was Paris,[Read More…]

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UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and mercenary forces operating under its command have carried out widespread forced disappearances, torture and murder of Yemenis suspected of opposing the more than three-year-old intervention by the oil-rich Gulf state in alliance with Saudi Arabia and Washington. This is the conclusion drawn by the human rights group Amnesty International after interviewing at least 75[Read More…]

Judicial Reform In Iraq

Judicial Reform In Iraq

In the middle of April this year, I received an Email with subject line “To Ashish: The IRAQs’ Political Woes Won’t End Without Comprehensive Judicial Reform”. I’d ignored this Email if it was not personalised. I started reading and to my surprise I not only received praise for my previous articles on different human rights issues but also an story from an Iraqi citizen- Thaar Majeed Hassan AL_Taiey. Taking[Read More…]

War on Children at Home and Abroad: From US Labor Policy to Illegal Detention and Opposition to Breastfeeding

War on Children at Home and Abroad: From US Labor Policy to Illegal Detention and Opposition to Breastfeeding

  Introduction: Child Exploitation under Neoliberalism Most people would agree that the manner a society treats children is a reflection of its values and moral standards. This was as true of the Golden Age of 5th century Athens as it is of 21st century America. In ancient Athens, boys of citizens received preferential treatment over girls, and boys of affluent[Read More…]

Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past

Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past

A Chinese campaign to forcibly assimilate ethnic Uyghurs in its north-western province of Xinjiang in a bid to erase nationalist sentiment, counter militancy, and create an ‘Uyghur Islam with Chinese characteristics’ ignores lessons learnt not only from recent Chinese history but also the experience of others. The campaign, reminiscent of failed attempts to undermine Uyghur culture during the Cultural Revolution,[Read More…]

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among various European countries. Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation. True, several European leaders, including Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, went home[Read More…]

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On the ‘Urban Maoists’

On the ‘Urban Maoists’

Even in these times of growing sense of hopelessness in the country under the present regime, the arrests of the five activists by Maharashtra’s Pune Police had stunned people all over the world by the blatancy of misuse of power and impunity it reflects. The continuing spate of condemnation by scores of people within and outside India would not affect[Read More…]

A Call for Massive Strikes and Boycotts

A Call for Massive Strikes and Boycotts

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, No Gun Ri, My Lai, Fallujah, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo – the list of US humanitarian crimes continues to grow. Now we have thousands of lost refugee children. How could that happen? This is the most horrific bureaucratic screw-up in history. Wal-Mart has a more efficient system for tracking tomatoes. No one knows how many children have been lost.[Read More…]

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Statement By Students And Alumni Of NLUD Condemning The Attack On Sudha Bharadwaj

Statement By Students And Alumni Of NLUD Condemning The Attack On Sudha Bharadwaj

On 4 July 2018, a programme aired on Republic TV, presented by its Managing Director, Arnab Goswami, named as “Republic Super Exclusive” news. The programme contained a plethora of false allegations and absolute lies against trade unionist, lawyer and Visiting Professor at the National Law University, Delhi, Professor Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, among other individuals. In the programme, Republic TV has[Read More…]

Trump administration misses deadline to reunite immigrant children with parents

Trump administration misses deadline to reunite immigrant children with parents

The Trump administration missed a court-imposed deadline Tuesday to reunite all young immigrant children who had been separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. In a separate ruling Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that families cannot be detained indefinitely during immigration proceedings. At the same time, the Trump administration continues to escalate its[Read More…]

Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

An exchange on June 28 in the parliament, prompted by questions from Green senator Andrew Bartlett, underscored the fact that Australia’s sweeping new “foreign interference” laws have immense implications, not only for whistleblowers, but for the right of media organisations to publish leaked information. Aspects of the legislation, relating to espionage and secrecy, appear to call into question what millions[Read More…]

Jharkhand’s civil society representatives condemn Jayant Sinha’s support for Ramgarh lynching accused

Jharkhand’s civil society representatives condemn Jayant Sinha’s support for Ramgarh lynching accused

On 6 July, Union Minister of state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha, felicitated life convicts after they were released on bail by the Jharkhand High Court. All the eight men were convicted in the lynching of Alimuddin Ansari of Ramgarh. According to media reports, these men were escorted from the jail to Jayant Sinha’s house by a local leader of[Read More…]

False Accusations Against Prof. GN Saibaba’s Wife

False Accusations Against Prof. GN Saibaba’s Wife

I condemn and firmly deny the false statements made by Ankur Sharma of www.mynation.com in an article updated on 8th July 2018 on the same website. This article, without citing any reference, says that the Ministry of Home Affairs has released a report wherein it has been stated that I have “met Jharkhand officials and ministers asking them to lift[Read More…]

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Demand to nullify corrupt auction of Ms Preetha Shaji’s house and to recommend CBI inquiry of the case.

Demand to nullify corrupt auction of Ms Preetha Shaji’s house and to recommend CBI inquiry of the case.

Mr. Shaji Maanathupadathu, a driver in Edappally, signed as a gurantor for a loan worth Rs. 2 lakhs is now losing his home worth Rs. 2 crores. This is happening because the bank and debt recovery officials exaggerated the outstanding interest payments to Rs.2.7 crores and have sold the house in an online auction for just Rs. 38 lakhs. This move[Read More…]

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NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

Tale of a family who lost their kin fighting Bangladeshi tag UDALGURI,Assam,July 8: Even as Assam awaits the much hyped final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) a register containing names of Indian citizens.The fear and apprehension of genuine Bengali Hindu citizens of state being brandished as D-voter,being served notice from Foreigner’s Tribunal to prove citizenship haunts[Read More…]

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Lynching – ‘ Political ‘ Silence

Lynching – ‘ Political ‘ Silence

Though there is less than a year for another general elections, lynchings continue in the country unabated. Dalits and muslims are being thrashed, harassed, beaten to death and, shamelessly, most of these incidents are being uploaded and circulated on whatsApp with impunity. There is a need to discuss the continued horrors and the stony silence of ruling party and its[Read More…]

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Open Letter From Medha Patkar To Pinarayi Vijayan: Stop Eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji

Open Letter From Medha Patkar To Pinarayi Vijayan: Stop Eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji

FROM Medha Patkar   TO: Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister Kerala Sub: Immediate intervention to stop unfair & unjust eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji, Manthpadath (H), Edappalli,EKM-682033 Respected Sir, I am writing you for the second time in three months bringing your attention to the sad plight of Preetha Shaji, a mother of two children, fighting to ward off[Read More…]

Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

Following public protests and rallies around the country, the Trump administration has formally ended its practice of separating immigrant families. However, the end of family separation has not meant a change for the better, particularly when it comes to the fate of immigrant children. For one, there’s still the question of how as many as 3,000 children still in federal[Read More…]

PUCL Condemns Republic TV for the Fabricated, Malicious, Motivated and Scurrilous Attack on Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj

PUCL Condemns Republic TV for the Fabricated, Malicious, Motivated and Scurrilous Attack on Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj

The PUCL strongly condemns the recent fabricated, malicious and motivated attacks against Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj and other human rights defenders, by Republic TV and its anchor Ms. Shivani Gupta, Deputy Editor Mr. Shawan Sen and its Managing Director, Mr. Arnab Goswami, by way of a series of programmes presented on Republic TV on 4th July 2018 as “Super Exclusive Breaking[Read More…]

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Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

In June 2018 alone, more than 500 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Their boatswere refused access to land in either Malta, or Italy. They were force-driven back by gun-boats to the North African shores they came from, mostly Libya, but many boats capsized and countless refugees didn’t make it. These are de facto murders, high crimes against humanity, committed[Read More…]

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Statement condemning the attack on Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj

We the undersigned wish to place on record our utter disgust, contempt and outrage at the latest in the series of machinations by Republic TV, working to its brief as a propagandist  for the ongoing crusade against all those who take public stands in defence of democracy, secularism, human rights, Constitutional  propriety and rule of law. Republic TV’s latest target[Read More…]

Threats to scribes are omnipresent now

Threats to scribes are omnipresent now

As we were preparing to complete the first half of 2018, shocking news broke from America, one of the professed liberal space for journalists in a democracy on Earth. A gunman stormed into the newsroom of a Maryland newspaper in USA and killed five media employees including journalists. The 28 June 2018 shooting incident at Capital Gazette in Annapolis eliminating[Read More…]

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Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document released by NBC News Monday has exposed the cynical effort by the Trump administration to use a court-ordered “family reunification” process to force immigrant parents with separated children into signing a document agreeing to deportation back to their country of origin. The new policy comes in response to a court order handed[Read More…]

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Malicious Campaign By Republic TV And Arnab Goswami Against Sudha Bharadwaj

I have been informed that Republic TV aired a programme on 4 July 2018, presented by anchor and MD Arnab Goswami as “Super Exclusive Breaking News”. The programme, which is being repeatedly shown, contains a long list of ridiculous, scurrilous, false  and completely unsubstantiated allegations against me. Goswami has claimed that I have written a letter (identifying myself as “Comrade[Read More…]

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India: Fake rumours and spate of mob lynchings destroying the rule of law

India: Fake rumours and spate of mob lynchings destroying the rule of law

For several months now, rumours of traveling child snatchers have been floating around the country, spreading fear through Whatsapp messages and Facebook posts.Recently, the consequences of these rumours was the lynching and killing of two men from Guwahati who ventured into the tribal region of Karbi Anglong in Assam, and, of a group of five people in Dhule district in[Read More…]

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Gang Rape And Continuing Repression In Ghaghra And Neighbouring Villages of Jharkhand

Gang Rape And Continuing Repression In Ghaghra And Neighbouring Villages of Jharkhand

PRELIMINARY REPORT OF FACT-FINDING TEAM OF WOMEN’S GROUPS INTO THE INCIDENT OF GANG RAPE IN KHUNTI AND CONTINUING REPRESSION IN GHAGHRA AND NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES IN KHUNTI AND ARAKI DISTRICTS OF JHARKHAND Following up on media reports of the gang rape of 5 adivasi women in Kochang, Araki block, Khunti district while holding street plays on anti-trafficking, WSS constituted a fact-finding[Read More…]

Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu police is hounding film maker Divya Bharathi. On Monday evening 15 police officials entered her home without search warrant and demander her father about her whereabouts. The News Minute reported that On Tuesday, the group stopped her vehicle outside Madurai District Court, insisting that she come with them. “We kept asking who they were and if they had[Read More…]

Trump Escalates Fascist Barbarism on the Border, Sparking Massive, Growing Resistance

Trump Escalates Fascist Barbarism on the Border, Sparking Massive, Growing Resistance

Less than two weeks after Trump signed his executive order supposedly halting the separation of families arrested at the border, three things are apparent. First, the Trump/Pence regime’s depraved and deliberate cruelty is not only continuing, but in some ways escalating. Second, this is not only generating massive revulsion and outrage, it has begun to reveal this regime’s fascist intent[Read More…]

Continuing attacks on right to life in Jharkhand

Continuing attacks on right to life in Jharkhand

Since 2014, people of Jharkhand have faced severe attacks on their mere right to life by the Raghuvar Das led BJP government. The government has been trying to acquire land of Adivasis and Moolvasis against their wishes that will directly affect their livelihoods. On the other hand, there is also a direct attack on the people’s freedom to religion leading[Read More…]

Nationwide Protests:Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

Nationwide Protests:Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Over the past weeks, there has been a series of major protests against the mistreatment of immigrants. Hundreds were arrested after blocking DC streets and sitting-in at a Senate office building.  Two weeks ago, there were #FamiliesTogether rallies across the United States that forced Trump to end child separation and return to the Obama-era policy of incarcerating immigrant[Read More…]

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Rally against arrests of activists in India held in Canada

Rally against arrests of activists in India held in Canada

South Asian activists came together to protest against recent arrests of political activists in India on Saturday evening. Organized by Radical Desi, the rally was held at Holland Park in Surrey. Police had recently arrested five political activists across India for inciting violence and allegedly being involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among them are[Read More…]

Sedition case against Human Rights Activist : An attempt to silence sane voices

Sedition case against Human Rights Activist : An attempt to silence sane voices

  FIR filed against Babu Gogineni for ‘hurting religious sentiments’ Times of India  June 27, 2018 reported:  Acting on the order passed by the 25th Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Kukatpally, Hyderabad, the Madhapur Police Station registered an FIR against human rights activist Babu Gogineni for ‘hurting religious sentiments’  of the people. The court issued the order after taking cognisance of a private complaint filed[Read More…]

Mumbai’s urban poor hit streets today after government’s failure to rehabilitate them

Mumbai’s urban poor hit streets today after government’s failure to rehabilitate them

 Government assured action within seven days Mumbai | 29th June 2018: Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai organized a rally and dharna of residnents of Mahul and Tansa Pipeline Project Affected People to demand better rehabilitation. The rally was organized on Friday 29 June demanding the Relocation of residents of Mahul to a better place, to stop of sending more[Read More…]

Democrats Against Assange: Influencing US-Ecuador Relations

Democrats Against Assange: Influencing US-Ecuador Relations

Such a historical twist, but one that deserves its iniquitous slot in the history books.  No secret has been made about US policy towards Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, which continues its trajectory to seek his apprehension and shutter the organisation.  Despite its cables being used for political effect by interested parties; despite the exposures of corruption within the ranks of[Read More…]

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When my daughter was separated from me, at the border

When my daughter was separated from me, at the border

Let me tell you about the time that my daughter Skye was separated from me, and what it did to her. In November 2001, I took my family on a trip to West Africa.  We had a six-year-old (my daughter Skye), a three-year-old and a one-year-old with us.  We landed in Nigeria, and crossed overland to Benin, Togo and Ghana.[Read More…]

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 Here’s what I saw at the border

 Here’s what I saw at the border

Sunday morning, I flew to McAllen, Texas to find out what’s really happening to immigrant families ripped apart by the Trump administration. There’s one thing that’s very clear: The crisis at our border isn’t over. I went straight from the airport to the McAllen Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center that is the epicenter of Donald Trump’s so-called “zero-tolerance”[Read More…]

Resisting The ICEstapo!

Resisting The ICEstapo!

Speech delivered at Protest Rally Before Drury Inn I put the course on International Human Rights Law into the College of Law curriculum over three decades ago. One of the things I teach my law students and future lawyers is that the Undocumented have human rights because they are human beings. These rights are all set out here in the[Read More…]

 Civil advocacy groups denounce Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0

 Civil advocacy groups denounce Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, Tuesday (June 26, 2018) ruled in favor of the third iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban (known as Muslim Ban 3.0) on five Muslim countries. In his decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that Trump had used his executive authority to “suspend entry of aliens into the United States.”  “The [order] is[Read More…]

 Supreme Court Legalizes Religious Bigotry, Xenophobia, Fascist Presidential Powers:

 Supreme Court Legalizes Religious Bigotry, Xenophobia, Fascist Presidential Powers:

June 26, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court upheld the Trump/Pence regime’s openly bigoted, xenophobic Muslim Ban, which severely restricts travel from seven countries. Five of the countries are predominantly Muslim (Yemen, Iran, Syria, Somalia, and Libya), and the two others are North Korea and Venezuela. This decision came on the same day the Supreme Court also ruled[Read More…]

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Suffer the Little Children

Suffer the Little Children

In the Gospels, the disciples of Jesus complain about folks who bring their kids with them to receive his blessings. But Jesus is not somebody who shuns the company of children. In response to his followers’ disapproval, he says, perhaps with the snap of indignation in his voice, “Suffer the little children and don’t stop them from coming to me.[Read More…]

Love Not Cages

Love Not Cages

I’m still grappling with what we’ve seen from the Trump administration in the past few weeks: kids in cages, families torn apart, bitter racist politics that vilify and divide. It isn’t who we are. Not as a people and not as a nation. But this isn’t the moment to look away. Through the anger and frustration, we have to stay[Read More…]

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Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It was a matter of weeks before the new policy began yielding tragic outcomes. Those attempting to unlawfully cross into the US were subject to federal criminal prosecution, while their children were taken away by federal authorities, which placed them in cage-like[Read More…]

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Isolate and Defeat Perpetrators of Lynching:A Lynching Nation Cannot be Democratic!

Isolate and Defeat Perpetrators of Lynching:A Lynching Nation Cannot be Democratic!

PADS statement against recent cases of public lynching in different parts of the country The seven day period from 13th June to 20th June, 2018 saw four Muslim men lynched at Hapur (UP) and at Godda and Ramgarh in Jharkhand. The last four years of BJP rule at center have seen steep rise in the numbers communally motivated lynching, with[Read More…]

Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

On June 6, many of us who knew one or few of the five people arrested, supposedly in connection with the ‘violence’ at Bhima Koregaon, woke up with hasty messages of unexpectedarrests. I received a message that Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale was ‘picked up’ and had been taken to the Govandi police station in Mumbai. A huge crowd gathered outside[Read More…]

Poverty estimation: A mockery of the unprivileged

Poverty estimation: A mockery of the unprivileged

  As reported by The Times of India, according to a study published in the ‘Future Development’ blog of Brookings, Nigeria has overtaken India in terms of the highest number of extremely poor people (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-no-longer-home-to-the-largest-no-of-poor-study/articleshow/64754988.cms). The study estimates that at the end of May, 2018, Nigeria had about 87 million people in extreme poverty compared to India’s 73 million. The[Read More…]

Migrants from across sub-Saharan African - Mali, the Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Niger and more - are part of the mass migration toward Europe, some fleeing violence, others just hoping to make a living. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press)

Thousands of refugees forced onto death march into Sahara desert

  More than 13,000 refugees and migrants, including pregnant women and children, have been force-marched into the Sahara desert by Algerian security forces over the past 14 months, where many of them have died from hunger and exposure. The shocking revelation by the Associated Press was substantiated by videos showing hundreds of migrants stumbling through a sand storm and others[Read More…]

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 Outlawed practice of manual scavenging sees a fourfold growth

 Outlawed practice of manual scavenging sees a fourfold growth

Growth has remained the buzzword in Indian polity for decades now. It started after the unprecedented economic crisis that the country faced in early 1990s and never really went away after that. It, rather, almost consumed the other big word- development, which now returns to election rallies and then disappears again until the next elections. Ironically, overuse of the concept[Read More…]

Five custodial deaths daily during 2017-2018, India must ratify the UNCAT for extradition of the fugitives 

Five custodial deaths daily during 2017-2018, India must ratify the UNCAT for extradition of the fugitives 

  New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights in its report, “Torture Update India” (http://www.achrweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TortureUpdateIndia.pdf), released today, the 26th June, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2018, stated that a total of 1,674 custodial deaths including 1,530 deaths in judicial custody and 144 deaths in police custody took place from 1 April 2017 to 28 February 2018[Read More…]

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The Next Step: The Campaign for Julian Assange

The Next Step: The Campaign for Julian Assange

The modern detainee in a political sense has to be understood in the abstract.  Those who take to feats of hacking, publishing and articulating positions on the issue of institutional secrets have become something of a species, not as rare as they once more, but no less remarkable for that fact.  And what a hounded species at that. Across the[Read More…]

Assange Is A Journalist, Should Not Be Prosecuted For Publishing The Truth

Assange Is A Journalist, Should Not Be Prosecuted For Publishing The Truth

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Last week, rallies in support of Julian Assange were held around the world. We participated in two #AssangeUnity events seeking to #FreeAssange in Washington, DC. This is the beginning of a new phase of the campaign to stop the persecution of Julian Assange and allow him to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without[Read More…]

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UN Human Rights Report Gives New Sinews To Kashmir

UN Human Rights Report Gives New Sinews To Kashmir

Historically, Kashmiris since 1819 have always greeted the voices raised from outside the state against their oppression and in support of their cause.  In 1934, when Mahatma Gandhi in response to a missive by a Kashmiri Pandit leader,  Prem Nath Bazaz wrote to him in a letter dated May 15, 1934,  “Seeing that Kashmiris predominantly Mussalman it is bound to[Read More…]

Separation and killing of children

Separation and killing of children

President Trump’s cruel policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as they sought asylum here mocked the idea that the US government values families. Unfortunately the US has a long and sad history of separating children from their parents. For example, the US took American-Indian children from their parents and Black slave families were often torn apart. Fortunately the[Read More…]

Evading Medical Care: Australia’s Refugee Arrangements with Taiwan

Evading Medical Care: Australia’s Refugee Arrangements with Taiwan

It is a credit to the venality of Australia’s refugee policy that much time is spent on letting others do what that particular country ought to be doing.  For a state so obsessed with the idea of a “rule-based order”, breaking those rules comes naturally – all in the national interest, of course. Canberra’s policy makers, since the 1990s, have[Read More…]

 Internal Resistance In Iran

 Internal Resistance In Iran

We heard quite a lot about “The Iran nuclear deal” and pros and cons of Iran nuclear deal, but what we don’t hear about is that Iran is facing deep internal strife. The recent mass protests in Southwest Iran (Ahwaz region). Iranian regime’s discriminatory policies, racism, poverty and diseases from pollutionin the region angered Arab in Ahwaz. Different nations within[Read More…]

 Multiple arrests in one week: Serious Escalation in Repression against Revolution Club by Chicago Authorities

 Multiple arrests in one week: Serious Escalation in Repression against Revolution Club by Chicago Authorities

In a serious escalation of repression, authorities in Chicago are arresting revolutionaries on bogus charges.  In one week, at two public festivals, 11 people with the Revolution Club have been arrested on ridiculous pretexts.  In one case, they are mainly charged with misdemeanor obstructing/resisting a peace [sic] officer.  This is punishable by up to one year in jail.  There were[Read More…]

Fashion Confuses U.S Domestic Politics, Connecting With An Authoritarian On Kashmir

Fashion Confuses U.S Domestic Politics, Connecting With An Authoritarian On Kashmir

There is something charming about a first lady making media bloopers; however, one cannot say the same for those born very rich who are often obtuse to the sufferings of others. The news reaching a crescendo this week in the US has not been the World Cup — relatively few understand the game here.  No, it’s been Donald Trump’s cruel[Read More…]

US court documents reveal Immigrant children tied down, hooded, beaten, stripped and drugged

US court documents reveal Immigrant children tied down, hooded, beaten, stripped and drugged

Court documents made public in Virginia and Texas give a glimpse of the systematic brutality being meted out to immigrant children in both public and private jails. Children are strapped down, hooded and beaten, or drugged by force, as part of the everyday procedure in what can only be called the American Gulag. An Associated Press report published Thursday gave[Read More…]

IAPL Condemns The Arrest Of Advocate Vanchinathan

IAPL Condemns The Arrest Of Advocate Vanchinathan

The Indian Association of People’s lawyers (IAPL) condemns the arrest of Advocate Vanchinathan by the Chennai police in the early hours of Thursday, 21 June 2018. Following the brutal police crackdown in Tuticorin on people protesting against Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant in which 13 people were shot dead, Tamilnadu Police has continued the crackdown on various people who have been[Read More…]

Leaving the UN Human Rights Council

Leaving the UN Human Rights Council

The margin between what is a human right as an inalienable possession, and how it is seen in political terms is razor fine. In some cases, the distinctions are near impossible to make.  To understand the crime of genocide is to also understand the political machinations that limited its purview.  No political or cultural groups, for instance, were permitted coverage[Read More…]

The OHCHR report on Kashmir: Will India succeed in blocking discussions on the report in Geneva?

The OHCHR report on Kashmir: Will India succeed in blocking discussions on the report in Geneva?

The United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on June 14 published “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018”. This is the first such report on Jammu and Kashmir by the UN. It covers both India and Pakistan controlled[Read More…]

Five die fleeing US immigration police as children spend Father’s Day in jail

Five die fleeing US immigration police as children spend Father’s Day in jail

Five people died and several more were injured near the US-Mexico border Sunday when US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and local police pursued a car full of immigrants at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The driver of the large SUV carrying 12 immigrants lost control and flipped several times, throwing bodies across Highway 85 in Big Wells,[Read More…]

Protect Immigrants’ Rights; End The Crises That Drive Migration

Protect Immigrants’ Rights; End The Crises That Drive Migration

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The ugliness of US immigration policy is once again evident. There is national outrage that separating children, often infants, from their parents is wrong. There is also national consensus (nine out of ten people in the US) that people brought here by their parents, the Dreamers, should not be forced out of the country[Read More…]

PUDR Condemns the arrest of Abhay Devdas Nayak

PUDR Condemns the arrest of Abhay Devdas Nayak

A 34-year-old ‘techie’ Abhay Devdas Nayak was abducted by the Chattisgarh police on 31 May 2018 from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and presented before the media on 12 June, as a “top Maoist propagandist.” That he could be picked up by the police and kept in illegal custody and then shown as ‘arrested’ after a gap of 12 days,[Read More…]

The UN Human Rights Report Reveals The Real Face Of Kashmir

The UN Human Rights Report Reveals The Real Face Of Kashmir

Kashmir Centre for social & development studies (KCSDS ) hails UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’  Report  on the situation of human rights in   Kashmir and its  straightforward  recommendation  for respecting the  right to self determination of Kashmiris.  It  is as if after a long time parched land has got  much needed unexpected rain from a quarter that  had maintained studied[Read More…]

KCSDS Condemns Shujjat Bukhari’s Killing

KCSDS Condemns Shujjat Bukhari’s Killing

Kashmir Centre for social & development studies (KCSDS ) is rudely shocked  & terribly grieved  at the brutal assassination of senior Journalist & chief Editor of  daily Rising Kashmir Shujjat Bukhari. Carried in broad daylight, in a high security zone and  coinciding with  the  indictment of India by UN human rights council  for gross human rights violations in Kashmir, the[Read More…]

Citizenship Amendment Bill Violates Constitution

Citizenship Amendment Bill Violates Constitution

Preamble of Indian constitution states that India is a secular country and secularism in India means a state that is neutral to all religious groups. There is no provision for citizenship on the basis of religious identity in Indian constitution. But Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 raises several issues. It makes illegal migrants eligible for citizenship based on their religion. Its[Read More…]

Shujaat Bukhari: Another Voice Of Reason Silenced

Shujaat Bukhari: Another Voice Of Reason Silenced

Shujaat Bukhari, Editor of Rising Kashmir and a man of deep conviction, known through his fearless writings fell to the bullets of assassins today at the time when festive season of Eid is approaching after the culmination of the holy month of Ramadhan. Bukhari’s killing also shows us how difficult it is for the journalists of the Kashmiri origin particularly[Read More…]

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First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

GENEVA (14 June 2018) – There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human Rights Office published on Thursday says. The 49-page report – the[Read More…]

Freethinking writer and politician shot dead in Bangladesh

Freethinking writer and politician shot dead in Bangladesh

Shahzahan Bachchu was known locally and within the secular Bangladeshi movement as an outspoken, sometimes fiery activist for secularism. He printed poetry and books related to humanism and freethought via his publishing house Bishaka Prakashani (Star Publishers). He was also a political activist, serving as former general secretary of Munshiganj district unit of the Communist Party. He was reportedly shot[Read More…]

Child Labour: Capability and Well-Being

Child Labour: Capability and Well-Being

“Well, if we don’t recruit the children from Assam they will get into more trouble as who will then feed them. By working for us, at least they get to eat properly” came a sympathetic response from a village in Kimin Block. As part of the team studying Human Trafficking in our state, I visited Kimin block due to its[Read More…]

Gadchiroli Massacre: The Killers Should Be Prosecuted

Gadchiroli Massacre: The Killers Should Be Prosecuted

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demands that personnel of the C-60 Commandos, CRPF and regular police who participated in the killing of 40 persons including 22 Maoist armed cadre and 18 civilians on April 22 and 23, in the forest abutting the Indravati river on the Chattisgarh side and the Nainer forests of Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli, Maharasthra, be prosecuted[Read More…]

IAPL Condemns Arrest of Activists

IAPL Condemns Arrest of Activists

Today, Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) organised a press conference at the Press Club of India in New Delhi in relation to the recent arrests of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen , Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut. The arrests took place on the 6th June, 2018, by Pune police at the early Hours of morning. The[Read More…]

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Suresh Oraon (27) of Purnadih Chatra Jharkhand was shot dead this morning. Suresh and his people were the owners of the land on which the state owned Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) built their Purnadih coal mines. Suresh kept fighting CCL and their mafia against land grabbing. When CCL bulldozed the resistance Suresh and community started fighting for jobs and compensation.[Read More…]

Unfinished Portrait: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, 2013, 555 gallery jail cells, Detroit, Michigan.

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut 

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country. Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadling, cultural activist[Read More…]

Condemn the arrests of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut

Condemn the arrests of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut

CDRO strongly condemns the arrest by Maharashtra police in the early morning of June 6, 2018 of Adv. Surendra Gadling, senior advocate from Nagpur and General Secretary of India Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL), Prof. Shoma Sen, Head of Department of English, Nagpur University, Sudhir Dhawale, poet and Editor of Vidrohi from Mumbai, Rona Wilson, public relations secretary of Committee[Read More…]

John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce “urgent campaign” to free Assange

John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce “urgent campaign” to free Assange

Internationally-acclaimed journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger issued the following statement on behalf of the Courage Foundationyesterday. Pilger is a trustee of the organisation, which raises funds for the legal defense of persecuted whistleblowers, journalists and publications, including Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Pilger will be addressing the June 17 Sydney Town Hall Square rally, called by the Socialist Equality Party, demanding that[Read More…]

Akramul Haque

 Disorderly Bangladesh: Is Anarchy Lurking Behind Extrajudicial Killings? 

Extrajudicial killings of dissidents and outlaws by states is as old as civilization. The recent world history is replete with such killings. As Hitler had his Waffen-SS and Gestapo, so had Mussolini his Blackshirts to do the job. In the recent past, the last Shah of Iran had his Savak, and the Pakistani occupation Army in Bangladesh had its al-Badr,[Read More…]

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People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

We share with you the Interim Report of the People’s Inquest into the circumstances leading to Tamilnadu Police opening fire on protestor’s demanding closure of Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Copper smelter at Thoothukudi (Tuticorin). The protests had been intensified over the past four months, as twenty years of struggle to demand closure of the highly polluting copper smelter had failed. 15[Read More…]

Major Gogoi and the Continuing Culture of Impunity    

Major Gogoi and the Continuing Culture of Impunity    

      On May 30, 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir Police filed a status report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Srinagar regarding the case of sexual favours that Major Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles sought from a local Kashmiri woman, on May 23, 2018. The police claimed that it was a case of ‘consenting adults’ as the woman[Read More…]

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Condemn the arrest of Alik Chakraborty

Condemn the arrest of Alik Chakraborty

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) strongly condemns the arrest of the leader of the Bhangar anti-power grid peasants’ movement and spokesperson of the Bhangar Land, Livelihood, Environment and Ecology Protection Committee, Alik Chakraborty, from Bhubaneshwar on 31.05.2018 by a team of the West Bengal police. Alik has been suffering from life-theratening ailments for quite some time and had gone[Read More…]

Border Patrol Murders Young Guatemalan Woman: Justice for Claudia González!

Border Patrol Murders Young Guatemalan Woman: Justice for Claudia González!

Up and down the Rio Grande A thousand footprints in the sand –From “Across the Borderline,” by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, James Dickinson Claudia Gómez González had studied to be an accountant. But she was unable to earn a living in her homeland, a country wracked by extreme poverty and violence; reeling from decades under the thumb of U.S. imperialism,[Read More…]

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, Recieves Death Threats

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, Recieves Death Threats

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, has received death threats from the supporters of Brahmeshwar Mukhiya. Over the last 24 hours, he has received numerous phone calls issuing death threats to him and rape threats against his family members living in Bihar. The miscreants, who are believed to be part of the Ranvir Sena, have even posted threatening[Read More…]

Rally against the killings of protesters in Tamil Nadu held in Canada

Rally against the killings of protesters in Tamil Nadu held in Canada

South Asian activists came together to protest against the killings of 12 demonstrators by the Tamil Nadu police at Holland Park in Surrey on Saturday evening, May 26. Organized by Radical Desi, the rally started with a moment of silence for the demonstrators killed by the police in Thoothukudi, and also for nearly 60 Palestinian protesters killed by the Israeli[Read More…]

Houses Demolished in the Name of Housing Scheme in Indore

Houses Demolished in the Name of Housing Scheme in Indore

Co-Written by Ankit Jha & Anand Lakhan On the morning of May 23rd 2018 more than 110 houses were demolished at Bhuri Tekri in Indore by Indore Municipal Corporation. Houses were demolished for the rehabilitation of people under the in-situ slum redevelopment component of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-