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Condemn The Arrest of Damodar Turi by Jharkhand Police

Condemn The Arrest of Damodar Turi by Jharkhand Police

Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee (PPSC) condemns the continued repression on activists and groups associated with people’s struggles in Jharkhand by the police and administration. Damodar Turi, a member of the Central Committee of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA), was arrested in the evening on 15th February 2018 from Ranchi. He was arrested after he walked out of a public[Read More…]

Custodial Murder Of A Dalit Youth In Tamil Nadu

Custodial Murder Of A Dalit Youth In Tamil Nadu

Poor Dalits take so little from Society, But contribute so much to its ‘Development’ And pay such a huge price in the Process! Suresh @ MGR S/o Ganapathi, a Dalit youth from Gandhi Nagar, Orikkai, Kancheepuram is the latest victim of custodial murder. Suresh, who is around 33 years of age, is a lorry driver by profession. On 12th Feb.[Read More…]

 Domestic Violence: A Heinous Human Rights Violation in Private Space

 Domestic Violence: A Heinous Human Rights Violation in Private Space

Co-Written By Ashish Kumar Singh and Shirin Shabana Khan Domestic violence in simple terms can be defined as any kind of abusive behavior by the husband or male partner or their relatives (includes male and female relatives). It need not be physical abuse. It could also be verbal, emotional, sexual or economic abuse. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence[Read More…]

Rise of Right Wing Nationalism Before Refugee Crisis In Europe And Human Rights Obligations of European Union

Rise of Right Wing Nationalism Before Refugee Crisis In Europe And Human Rights Obligations of European Union

Co-Written by Punsara Amarasinghe & Anastasia Glazova The roots of the refugee problem Europe currently facing has derived from aged long socio political disparities of people and its present condition is an offshoot of  the same serious of problems. Nevertheless the current hullabaloo in European Union on the influx of large number of asylum seekers was mainly emerged after the[Read More…]

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Erasing Arab Identity: Iran Demolishes More Historical Sites In Ahwaz

  In January 2018, the Iranian regime ordered the demolition of another cherished artefact of Ahwazi heritage in the occupied Arab region of Ahwaz. Ahwazi activists reportedthat regime authorities ignored petitions submitted by local residents pleading with them not to destroy the 98-year-old cinema in Dar Khwain city to the west of the regional capital, with regime security forces, assisted[Read More…]

Rally Against Tytler And Others Involved In 1984 Anti-Sikh Massacre Held In Canada

Rally Against Tytler And Others Involved In 1984 Anti-Sikh Massacre Held In Canada

South Asian activists gathered at Holland Park in Surrey on Sunday evening to protest against Jagdish Tytler and other Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre. Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the rally was held in response to the recent disclosures made by the former union minister and senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler. Tytler had[Read More…]

Asma Jahangir- An Exceptional Human Rights Activist Is No More

Asma Jahangir- An Exceptional Human Rights Activist Is No More

Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), the leading Human Rights activist of Pakistan who influenced generations of activists in South Asia is no more. She died in Lahore due to a cardiac arrest. A sad news for all those who has stood for the human rights protection and enhancement of the humane values in the contemporary world. Whenever any issue of human rights[Read More…]

We Will Miss You Asma Jahangir!

We Will Miss You Asma Jahangir!

When common people specially women, minorities, marginalized communities and working class in our sub-continent are being subjected to unparalleled violence inflicted by the state, religious bigots, feudal elites and crony capitalists one of the greatest fighters for the rights of the common people, Asma Jahangir, a dear friend is no more. Pakistan’s well-known human rights activist and senior lawyer Asma[Read More…]

Canada’s Deep Systemic Racial Bias

Canada’s Deep Systemic Racial Bias

The news was released tonight (Friday, February 09) at about 18:30h that the jury in the trial of a Canadian farmer near Battleford, Saskatchewan found him not guilty for the murder of a young native, Colten Boushie. Boushie was killed August 09, 2016. The episode highlights, for those who care to examine the case, the underlying powerful racial prejudice that[Read More…]

Child Sexual Abuse: India Has Miles To Go

Child Sexual Abuse: India Has Miles To Go

Co-Written By Ashish Kumar Singh and Shirin Shabana Khan 2017-18 is witnessing a transition where not only the successful (mostly online) campaign #Me-too is shaking our psyche, but also imprisonment to Larry Nassar up to almost 300 years in different cases is painfully relieving for the majority of us. India’s attitude towards sexual abuse and child sexual abuse needs an[Read More…]

Two Journalists Face Trial In Ahwaz For Criticizing Education Officials 

Two Journalists Face Trial In Ahwaz For Criticizing Education Officials 

Two journalists in the Arab region of Ahwaz in Iran have been summoned to appear in a regime court after they condemned the deteriorating standards of education in the region, which are the worst in the country. The journalists, NaimHamidi and Sayed Nashan Al-Boshawka, both wrote articles criticizing the performance of the education directorate in Ahwaz, condemning the terrible conditions[Read More…]

The Facade Of Repatriation For The Rohingyas

The Facade Of Repatriation For The Rohingyas

  The 680,000 Rohingyas escaping from the jaws of death in Myanmar, to Bangladesh, were recovering from their traumatic experience, when the news of an agreement finalized by the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, caused a lot of concern and depression among them. Firstly, apart from the main “Citizenship” factor and unreasonable “verification procedure”, the humanitarian aspect was completely neglected;[Read More…]

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Why They Enter  Into Their Mothers’ Profession(Sex Trade)?

In a study of Commercial Female Sex Workers(CFSWs) of Bowbazar red-light area of Kolkata, it was found that 58% of them came from various oppressed castes originally residing in backward rural areas of West Bengal and Bangladesh driven to the trade by extreme poverty. Eleven percent of these, CFWSs were brought into this trade because their lovers or paramour trapped[Read More…]

Refugees ….. Are They A ‘Problem’ ?

Refugees ….. Are They A ‘Problem’ ?

We came here to find refuge They called us refugees So we hid ourselves in their language Until we sounded just like them…… J J BOLA … “Refuge” India has grappled with refugees many times in history. According to UNHCR there are about 31, 000 refugees registered with the organisation by the end of December 2014. In the 16/17 centuries[Read More…]

Negligence: The Iran Regime’s Passive Weapon To Eradicate Ahwazis

Negligence: The Iran Regime’s Passive Weapon To Eradicate Ahwazis

Since seizing power in the wake of the 1979 revolution, Iran’s theocratic regime has worked  tirelessly to effectively make the Ahwazi Arab population ‘non-people’ and eradicate their history, culture and existence.   This is achieved through what are effectively apartheid policies of racial discrimination, importing large numbers of ‘superior’ ethnically Persian settlers to the region; these policies are, of course, familiar,[Read More…]

Part-Time Mothering And Childhood

Part-Time Mothering And Childhood

The family is the basic social, cultural and economic unit of the society of India. ‘It was loaded with kin relations and the support system of the family protected from any sorts of problem in the family. Social bonding and social network are exemplary strong.’ But present global scenario breaks its structure and processes due to economy, unemployment and urban[Read More…]

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Children In A Differently Marginalized Community

Prostitution is historically oldest stigmatized profession throughout the world. There are about 25 types of sex work according to its nature and places of service. The brothel is one of the oldest forms.  It is the place of trade and shelter of commercial female sex workers (CFSWs). It is considered as ‘line bari’ (a house in front of which, CFSWs[Read More…]

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Casteist And Sexist Harassment Of Prof Sujatha Surepally

Casteist And Sexist Harassment Of Prof Sujatha Surepally

As part of a fact-finding delegation of women representing various civil society organizations and women’s organizations, WSS held a press conference at 12.30 pm at Karimnagar press club on 2 January, 2017 and visited Satavahana University (SU). Context: On 25 December 2017, dalit bahujan students of Satavahana University in Karimnagar, Telangana, held an event outside the campus gate infront of[Read More…]

‘Whitewashing’ Genocide In Myanmar

‘Whitewashing’ Genocide In Myanmar

  Although the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has gathered greater media attention in recent months, there is no indication that the international community is prepared to act in any meaningful way, thus leaving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded in border camps between Myanmar and Bangladesh. While top United Nations officials are now using the term[Read More…]

Enforced Disappearance: A Violence Behind Veil

Enforced Disappearance: A Violence Behind Veil

Co-Written by Advocate Syed Mujtaba and Inamul Haq In the global world, the terminology of war on terror has triggered intense debates about the role of security and liberty. The word security is enclosed with either as a governmental or exceptional practice. While is the case of liberty has been shrouded in salience. These two terms are closely looked by[Read More…]

Julian Assange Challenges Warrant For His Arrest As doctors Confirm Worsening Of His Health

Julian Assange Challenges Warrant For His Arrest As doctors Confirm Worsening Of His Health

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has asked a UK court to relinquish the arrest warrant that is keeping him confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge, London. If granted, he would be free to leave without fear of arrest, according to a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). “Hypothetically, yes. That would be our interpretation,” he said. Assange would then[Read More…]

Urgently Needed—A BROAD Outpouring in Support of Immigrants!

Urgently Needed—A BROAD Outpouring in Support of Immigrants!

  Millions of immigrants, including 800,000 DACA recipients (“Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought here as children), were betrayed and dealt a very serious blow today when the Democrats caved in to the Republicans and voted to reopen the government. Already last Friday, top Democrat Senator Schumer, in trying to make a deal with Trump, agreed to link the fate of Dreamers[Read More…]

Institutional Murder And Gangrape Of A Minor Dalit Girl By Security Forces In Odisha

Institutional Murder And Gangrape Of A Minor Dalit Girl By Security Forces In Odisha

PUDR CONDEMNS INSTITUTIONAL MURDER AND GANGRAPE OF A MINOR DALIT GIRL BY SECURITY FORCES IN KUNDULI, ODISHA DEMANDS PROPER INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION PUDR grieves and rages at the suicide of the young girl from Kunduli, Koraput district on 22 January 2018, who succumbed to the failure of the State to guarantee justice and to secure the freedom of its citizens. On 10 October[Read More…]

On The Tragic Cost Of Delay In Rape Investigations

On The Tragic Cost Of Delay In Rape Investigations

The suicide of the minor dalit girl in Kunduli of Koraput district in Odisha on 22 January is a moment of reckoning for everyone fighting against the heinous crime of violence against women. She had accused four security personnel of gangrape on October 10, 2017. Very typical of incidence of sexual violence where the accused happen to be police, army[Read More…]

Kunduli Gang Rape Victim Commits Suicide

Kunduli Gang Rape Victim Commits Suicide

In a tragic turn of events the sensational October 10 kunduli gang rape victim, dalit minor girl, committed suicide at her house frustrated over the police inaction and investigation into the case. The victim girl was rescued in a critical condition from her house in Musaguda village and taken to the Kunduli Community Health Centre where the doctors declared her[Read More…]

Sudan: Free Mohamed Satti And All Political Prisoners!

Sudan: Free Mohamed Satti And All Political Prisoners!

CWI supporter Mohamed Diaeldin Mohamed Satti, 21, known as “Hamudi”, is among the protesters who have been arrested by the Sudanese State last week, as part of the brutal response of Al Bashir’s regime to the ensuing wave of protests against skyrocketing prices and austerity. Hamudi’s arrest took place last Wednesday afternoon, as he participated in a peaceful march in central[Read More…]

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41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

  January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention. About thirty people gathered in Washington D.C., convened by Witness Against Torture, (WAT), for a weeklong fast intended to close Guantanamo and abolish torture forever. Six days ago, Matt Daloisio arrived from New York City[Read More…]

Trump Administration To Deport 250,000 Salvadorians

Trump Administration To Deport 250,000 Salvadorians

  The Trump administration announced Monday, Jan 8, that it will end “temporary protected status” (TPS) that was first granted to Salvadorans nearly two decades ago. Roughly 263,000 people from El Salvador are covered by the program, which allowed the immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally. According to Gabe Ortiz of Daily Kos, with this marking[Read More…]

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Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

             I was recently talking to a mother , who is still waiting for his son’s return. Although she was not wailing, but her moist eyes was saying it all. The pain and agony was visible on his face. She has seen her son disappear before her eyes. She has tried everything, from going to army camps to police posts[Read More…]

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Afghan Refugees Feeling The Heat As US-Pakistan Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Afghan Refugees Feeling The Heat As US-Pakistan Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Last week, the Pakistani government callously doubled down on its strategy of using Afghan refugees as pawns in its ongoing political dispute with Afghanistan when it refused to grant a long-term extension of their stay in Pakistan. Islamabad’s move will anger Kabul, which has struggled to absorb and reintegrate the massive influx of Afghans returning from Pakistan in recent years.[Read More…]

Egypt’s Executions Spree Alarms UN HR Commissioner

Egypt’s Executions Spree Alarms UN HR Commissioner

  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep shock over the execution of 20 people in Egypt within one week, amid concerns that due process and fair trial guarantees did not appear to have been followed. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday, January 2, five men who had[Read More…]

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2017: Dreaded Year For Journalists In India

2017: Dreaded Year For Journalists In India

  As the year 2017 sets to bid adieu, India finds itself in an embracing situation with the annual statistics of 12 journalists either murdered or died in suspicious situations. The populous country, better known as the largest democracy in the globe, thus emerges as one of the hazardous place for media persons across the world after Mexico, Syria, Iraq,[Read More…]

 Activists Condemn The Ban Of Majdoor Sangathan Samiti By The Jharkhand Government

 Activists Condemn The Ban Of Majdoor Sangathan Samiti By The Jharkhand Government

We the undersigned, condemn (i) the illegal, unconstitutional and arbitrary ban under Section 16 of the draconian Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA)on Majdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS), a 30 year old registered Trade Union, and (ii) the false cases impugned under Section 17 of CLAA against 10 office bearers of the MSS, by the Jharkhand government.The ban and FIR have[Read More…]

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Demolition Of Blind Student Hostel – Inhumanity At Its Zenith

These days, lynching of dalits, muslins and other marginalised have become common. But, regrettably, even disabled and blind persons are not being spared. According to a report in dailypioneer.com on December23, 2017, the Delhi high court has sought reply from DDA on demolition of a hostel which left atleast 20 visually impaired persons left without a roof in winter. The[Read More…]

A Critical Analysis Of Human Rights: How Human Is Human Rights?

A Critical Analysis Of Human Rights: How Human Is Human Rights?

Introduction Human rights discourse has given voice to voiceless, empowering weak and vulnerable to fight for their rights around the world, however, there have been cases of misuse of human rights discourse by some powerful nations especially the West. For international politics as a discipline, the language of human rights has become increasingly important both in academic debate and political[Read More…]

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A Hug And Rethinking The Limitations On The Child Rights Commissions

“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made School Boards.” — Mark Twain These words seem to carry relevance even today in the 21st century as it did back in 1897 when the author penned these words. On the 12th of this month, the High Court of Kerala passed an order against the Kerala State[Read More…]

International Human Rights Day And Kashmir

International Human Rights Day And Kashmir

International Human Rights Day is observed on 10th of December every year. It commemorates the day on which, the United Nations General assembly adopted the Universal deceleration of Human Rights. This year’s human day is devoted to the launch of a yearlong campaign for the 50th year anniversary of the two International Covenants on the human rights, known as International[Read More…]

Rohingyas Trapped In Cob-Web Of Dirty Politics

Rohingyas Trapped In Cob-Web Of Dirty Politics

  The Rohingya crisis reflects intention of the Myanmar government to forcibly oust the Muslims from Rakhine State. The brutal attack on unarmed civilians and placing of landmines along its border by Military in coordination with Border Guard Police and armed Rakhine Buddhists is the proof. Coastal area in Rakhine state is clearly of strategic importance to both China (0ne[Read More…]

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The Commission Of Inquiry Report On The Kalinganagar Firing  Justifies State Violence On Citizens

The Commission Of Inquiry Report On The Kalinganagar Firing  Justifies State Violence On Citizens

  Bhubaneswar: Police firing on adivasis leading to 13 deaths in Kalinganagar on January 2, 2006 to acquire land for a private company to usher in industrialization had sent shock waves across the country. Today, it is equally painful and shocking to see the findings of the P K Mohanty Commission of Inquiry that was constituted to inquire into the[Read More…]

Ahwazis Protest Over Iran Regime’s Land, Water Theft

Ahwazis Protest Over Iran Regime’s Land, Water Theft

For the second week in a row, Ahwazi demonstrators poured into the streets across the Arab region of south-western Iran earlier this week to protest against the endemic abuse and injustice they are subjected to by the Iranian regime. The regime’s  worsening repression comes despite repeated warnings by officials over the devastating effects of its current policies of deprivation, land-theft[Read More…]

Recommendation For The Fissured Workplace In A Fragmented Society, Part I

Recommendation For The Fissured Workplace In A Fragmented Society, Part I

by Richard Martin Oxman and the Oxman Collective “The bad news: Your wages are declining. The worse news: Surveys documenting falling wage actually under-estimate how much your wages are declining.” — the opening to Pete Dolack’s You Are Working Harder And Getting Paid Less There’s something that can be done about what Dolack is complaining about above, but it must be done[Read More…]

Solidarity Meeting In London For GN Saibaba  and Chandrashekhar Azad

Solidarity Meeting In London For GN Saibaba  and Chandrashekhar Azad

On December 8, 2017, SOAS India Society of SOAS, University of London organised a public meeting to highlight and stand in solidarity with Professor GN Saibaba and Chandrashekhar Azad. Below is a solidarity statement released by the SOAS India Society: *** Prof. Saibaba who is a 90% disabled person and worked as an Assistant Professor at the Ram Lal Anand[Read More…]

 HUMAN RIGHTS And Human Rights And U.S. Rights

 HUMAN RIGHTS And Human Rights And U.S. Rights

  “Chomsky has provided irrefutable analysis on the U.S. continuous violation of human rights, both within and outside its own borders.” — from a lead in to a Democracy Now! interview with Noam Chomsky from 1998 Human Rights organizations today play a major part in international affairs. Human Rights Watch, for instance, works in ninety countries, including virtually all those[Read More…]

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BC Federation Of Labour Raises Voice For Saibaba

  The largest labour group of British Columbia has raised voice for the physically disabled Delhi University Professor being incarcerated in the Indian jail since March this year. On the International Human Rights Day, the BC Fed issued a statement calling upon the Canadians to sign petition seeking the release of wheelchair-bound Prof. GN Saibaba who was sentenced to life[Read More…]

Indramal Bai’s suicide – An Institutional Murder

Indramal Bai’s suicide – An Institutional Murder

At about 12:30 on 20th November, Indramal Bai, succumbed to her burns, and left us. Even before we were able to get this update ready, she left this world and those who loved her behind. Pushed to the tipping point, Indramal Bai, is one among many in the Pardhi community whose life has been lost because of systemic police torture[Read More…]

Outrage Over Brutal Assaults On Ahwazi Women Protesting Against Regime Land Theft

Outrage Over Brutal Assaults On Ahwazi Women Protesting Against Regime Land Theft

  Iranian regime security forces brutally assaulted defenseless Ahwazi Arab women protesting against the regime’s illegitimate confiscation of their families’ farmlands earlier this week, arresting many of the women whose only ‘crime’ was to demand justice.  The regime military personnel reportedly deliberately hit the women in the mouths and chests with batons and rifle butts. The regime forces’ horrific attacks[Read More…]

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Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

  The recent incident of  abuse  & inhuman treatment of Kashmiri prisoners inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, once again brings into focus the utter negligence & inertia displayed by UN to enforce its own rules governing treatment of political prisoners of around the world. In 1955,Ten years after its birth, United Nations, set  Standard minimum rules for the treatment of[Read More…]

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Chennai Floods And The Limits Of Compassion

The Chennai floods, two years ago – in 2015 – was a disaster of unprecedented intensity. By this week two years ago, we witnessed a bulk of stories where people risked their own lives to save the others in trouble. The state machinery failed to provide citizens the necessary support. At this juncture with the temporary dysfunction of the State,[Read More…]

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Amchang Eviction: Causality Of Conservation

  Capital is not equally shared; neither is nature. Our everyday life has become precarious, a life without stability. Spaces that we dwell in are increasingly questioned, mostly spaces that are home to the margins of the society. Such margins and spaces that they dwell in were for a long time considered ‘non-economic’ zones, which lacked interest of movements of[Read More…]

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 The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open : What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs 

 The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open : What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs 

We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. When we got home, I checked my email. I had been sent a picture of a very different beach: deserted, framed by distant headlands with unsullied sands and clear waters. As[Read More…]

The Politics Of Eviction In Assam

The Politics Of Eviction In Assam

A year back the newly elected government in Assam started an eviction drive to free government land of illegal encroachers. While it started with Kaziranga, very soon such drives were carried out all over the state. The government initiative led to a mixed response from people. While many hailed it as a required initiative to save forest land and ensure[Read More…]

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100 Freedom Activists Call For Investigation Of Ahmed Mola’s Assassination

Ahwazi Arab political activist Ahmed Mola – Press Photo More than 100 Ahwazi Arab, regional and international freedom activists and writers have called for an inquiry into the assassination of distinguished Ahwazi leader and political right activist Ahmed Mola, who was assassinated in The Hague on November 8th.  The Iranian regime, which had threatened Mola on a number of occasions[Read More…]

Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel Complicit In Rohingya Genocide, Other Genocides & US, UK & Australian State Terrorism

Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel Complicit In Rohingya Genocide, Other Genocides & US, UK & Australian State Terrorism

  Apartheid Israel is intimately involved in Aung San Suu Kyi-led Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide through supply of advanced gunboats and armaments as well as military training to genocidal Burmese forces in Rakhine state. Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel has similarly been involved in the Maya Indian Genocide in Guatemala, Sri Lankan Tamil Genocide, South Sudan Civil War, Syrian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide,[Read More…]

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Ahwazi Activists Cling To Hope As Iranian Regime Persecution Worsens

Ahwazi Activists Cling To Hope As Iranian Regime Persecution Worsens

  Ahwazi Arab activists incarcerated in Iran’s infamous prisons are facing all forms of torture, persecution, and oppression at the hands of prison staff in punishment for supporting freedom, according to reports smuggled out. The Iranian regime has been launching crackdowns even more brutal than usual against activists in the region and across Iran, fearing an uprising, with the people[Read More…]

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Release Akhil Gogoi And Chandrasekhar Ravan

Release Akhil Gogoi And Chandrasekhar Ravan

Akhil Gogoi, the leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti of Asom, and Chandrasekhar of Bhim Sena in Western Uttar Pradesh have been under detention for many months now. Akhil was arrested on 13 September under sedition charges by the BJP government of the state. On 25 September a total of 122 cases against him were clubbed together under the National[Read More…]

A Decent Shelter For India’s Homeless

A Decent Shelter For India’s Homeless

One of the most challenging problems of our times is homelessness. While we continue to record improvements in dealing with poverty, homelessness has been plagued with an unimaginative response from policy pundits.The apathetic approach of successive governments is symptomatic of the disease that ails India’s housing system. Housing is often the bedrock of other development interventions: owning land boosts health[Read More…]

The Violent Conclusion: Manus Island And The Clearing of Lombrom Naval Base

The Violent Conclusion: Manus Island And The Clearing of Lombrom Naval Base

It was another etching in a chronicle of extended violence.  For days, resistance by refugees and asylum seekers against forced removal from the Lombrom Naval Base on Manus Island had taken very public form.  Images of defiance and distress were receiving international attention.  With no electricity, with water supplies destroyed, things were getting dire. As the weekend dawned, PNG officials[Read More…]

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Nearly 200 Million Are Modern Slaves or Child Laborers

Nearly 200 Million Are Modern Slaves or Child Laborers

According to a report by the United Nation’s International Labour Organization, nearly 200 million people are victims of modern slavery or child labor around the globe. In 2016, 40.3 million men, women and children were victims of modern slavery. Nearly one in ten children, or 151.6 million people, are victims of child labor. The report defines “modern slavery” as “the various forms[Read More…]

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The Veiled Threat:  Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy

The Veiled Threat:  Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australia’s Turnbull government, has been particularly enthusiastic. Australia has remained resolutely[Read More…]

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The Right To Life Of Ahmed Mola And The Netherlands’ Obligations

The Right To Life Of Ahmed Mola And The Netherlands’ Obligations

Ahmed Mola Nissi  The right to life, liberty and security of person have been asserted under Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 6 and 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR) and Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Without a doubt, the right to life is one of the[Read More…]

Arbitrary Detention Of Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan Makes A Mockery Of The Rule Of Law By The UP State Government

Arbitrary Detention Of Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan Makes A Mockery Of The Rule Of Law By The UP State Government

Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan, the founder of the Bhim Army remains in custody despite the Allahabad High Court granting him bail in all the cases registered against him. Ravan is in custody because of the Government of Uttar Pradesh has registered a case against him under the provisions of the draconian, National Security Act, 1980. The NSA provides for ‘preventive detention’,[Read More…]

Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

In 2013, the villagers of Village Kondasawali, Police Station Jagargunda, district Sukma, Bastar Divison, Chhattisgarh had lodged a complaint with the Collector regarding the fact that a few years before that, in 2007, some SPOs and Salwa Judum leaders had come to their village, burnt 95 huts in three settlements in their panchayat, killed 7 people, and threatened the villagers[Read More…]

Migration: The Whole World Is Changing For Good

Migration: The Whole World Is Changing For Good

  Waves of anger, fear and open hostility have greeted the influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Some have reached levels of paranoia and xenophobic violence that have resulted in death. Across Europe politicians hurry to build “Fortress Europe” but the flood of humanity threatens to bring down the walls. Predictions of the change[Read More…]

Do Not Endanger The Life Of Chandrashekhar Ravan, Revoke NSA And Release Him NOW

Do Not Endanger The Life Of Chandrashekhar Ravan, Revoke NSA And Release Him NOW

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses its deep concern over the inhuman and degrading treatment being meted out to Dalit rights activist Chandrashekhar Ravan by the government of Uttar Pradesh. Last reported, Mr. Ravan, was rushed to the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College from Saharanpur on Nov 8, 2017 for ‘stomach infection’. Mr. Ravan, completely healthy at the[Read More…]

Prominent Ahwazi Activist Killed In The Hague

Prominent Ahwazi Activist Killed In The Hague

The distinguished Ahwazi Arab political activist, Ahmad Mola, was brutally murdered outside his home in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Although some reports claim that the killers were apprehended, there has been no official confirmation, with other reports suggesting that they escaped. Fifty-four-year-old Mola, who is survived by his wife and five children, fled Iran with his family in 2005 in[Read More…]

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Code On Wage Bill 2017- A Proposed Legislation Violating The Rights Of The Workers

Code On Wage Bill 2017- A Proposed Legislation Violating The Rights Of The Workers

People’s Union for Democratic Rights has long been drawing attention to egregious violation of rights of workers governed under various labour laws. Most important of these rights is the fundamental right to form trade union, so as to engage in collective wage negotiations and to ensure that conditions on shop floor do not become tyrannical. Ever since the economic reforms[Read More…]

Fact Finding Team’s Report On Garib Nagar (Bandra East) Fire and Demolitions

Fact Finding Team’s Report On Garib Nagar (Bandra East) Fire and Demolitions

This is a report of the four-member fact finding team constituted by Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) to inquire into the demolition of homes in Garib Nagar, Bandra East between 26th October and 2nd November 2017 and the eruption of major fire in the same basti on 26th October. The Fact Finding Team members were Adv. Suresh Rajeshwar,[Read More…]

Brutality Against Ahwazi Prisoners In Iranian Jails

Brutality Against Ahwazi Prisoners In Iranian Jails

Unimaginable brutality in Iranian regime’s prisons unveiled by an escaped Ahwazi political prisoner Ghazi Haidari is drowning in his own blood.  The prominent Ahwazi  writer, historian and activist from Arab Ahwaz region in the south and south-west of  Iran was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the regime there for the ‘crime’ of human rights advocacy. Although he managed to escape[Read More…]

Rehabilitation Of Wang-Marathwadi Dam Affected Families Approved!

Rehabilitation Of Wang-Marathwadi Dam Affected Families Approved!

The Enduring Peaceful Struggle for the rehabilitation of the Wang-Marathwadi dam oustees has succeeded at last! According to the Directives issued by the Water Resources Department, Government of Maharashtra on October, 31st, 2017, to the Executive Director, Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation, shall Rehabilitate the of Wang Marathwadi Dam Affected Families above the Reservoir Fringe and shall grant them cash[Read More…]

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Cancellation Of Ration Cards For Not Linking With Aadhaar: Legal Action Sought Against Chief Secretary Jharkhand

Cancellation Of Ration Cards For Not Linking With Aadhaar: Legal Action Sought Against Chief Secretary Jharkhand

Right to Food Campaign activists of  Jharkhand have written an open letter to Ajay Bhushan Pandey CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India on the cancellation of Ration Cards because they were not linked to Aadhaar cards.  Large numbers of ration cards were recently cancelled in Jharkhand because they had not been linked with Aadhaar. To Ajay Bhushan Pandey CEO, Unique Identification Authority of[Read More…]

Stop Targeting NGOs And Minority Organisations: Leaders And Scholars Demand The Central Government

Stop Targeting NGOs And Minority Organisations: Leaders And Scholars Demand The Central Government

A group of renowned leaders and scholars from different backgrounds, in a joint statement issued in New Delhi today demanded the central government to protect the freedom of association guaranteed by our constitution to all sections of society and to refrain from targeting any organization or group as part of political agenda. They have strongly demanded to stop demonizing Social[Read More…]

Ashraf Ali along with his daughters an octogenarian mother
at his residence in 1 No. Sonjauli village of Dimakuchi in Udalguri of Assam on Thursday.

Genuine Indian Citizens, Released From Detention Camp After SC Order

UDALGURI,Assam November 3: The concerned authorities in Assam assigned to detect and deport illegal immigrants mostly Bangladeshis appears to be on an overdrive when it comes to branding Indian nationals as ‘foreigners’ not only brandishing their power tool to harass genuine Bengali speaking people but even Hindi-speaking people whose ancestors migrated from Bihar,Uttar Pradesh decades back to Assam.Can one imagine[Read More…]

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Shantanu Bhowmick

The ‘Undeclared Emergency’ And The State Of Media In India

As Henry Grunwald puts it “Journalism can never be silent, that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault”. But what can be more distressing for a democracy than silencing this critical weapon often termed as its fourth pillar? In the last half a decade Indian media has been rattled by the death of some prominent journalistic voices -allegedly by[Read More…]

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Do Not Forget The Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1984!

Do Not Forget The Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1984!

31 October 2017 – thirty three years have passed since the anti-Sikh pogrom carried out in Delhi between 31st October and 4th November 1984, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards.  The official figure of those massacred in the violence stands at 2700, while according to unofficial estimates it is closer to 4000 in[Read More…]

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Kathputli Colony Demolition: One Year Old Child Dies

Kathputli Colony Demolition: One Year Old Child Dies

A child has lost its life during Delhi Development Authority’s demolition drive in Delhi Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi. One year old son of Jitu and Pooja, Aryan died late in the evening of 31st October. Yesterday, child’s house was destroyed by the authorities and the child and the parents stayed in the cold at night. It is believed that[Read More…]

Kathputli, Artist’s Colony Demolished In Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless, Death Of Democracy!

Kathputli, Artist’s Colony Demolished In Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless, Death Of Democracy!

In the two days demolition drive by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in assistance with Delhi Police demolished more than 1000 houses at Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi on October 30th and October 31st 2017. During the demolition, Police lathicharged on the residents mercilessly and also shot some Tear gas on them. On the basis of a Public Notice served on[Read More…]

Murder Of Democracy In Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

Murder Of Democracy In Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

In the heart of the country’s capital, DDA and police forces murdered democracy; forcibly demolished houses and beaten up people in Kathputli Colony. National Federation of Indian Women’s Annie Raja got gravely injured and is currently admitted in RML hospital. Women and youths were lathicharged mercilessly by DDA and Police officials, while residents scrambled to save their belongings from the[Read More…]

Chaos On Manus Island

Chaos On Manus Island

There are standoffs, threats and continuing tensions over the imminent closure of the Manus Island Detention Centre. (The politically palatable term here is “processing centre”.)  This closure, instigated by legal ruling by the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court in April 2016, has led to a degree of window dressing, prevarication and stalling by all parties connected with the institutionalised barbarism[Read More…]

‘Love-Jihad’, NIA, And Democratic Rights

‘Love-Jihad’, NIA, And Democratic Rights

As the Hadiya-Shefin matter comes up for hearing today, PUDR urges the Apex court to take note of the serious violation of democratic rights of the parties involved in this so-called case of ‘Love-Jihad’. PUDR believes that the case is being used in order to provide legitimacy to the supposed presence of ‘Love-Jihad’ or ‘terror marriages following conversion to Islam’[Read More…]

Dr G.N Saibaba’s Life In Danger: Writes, He May Not Survive The Winter Months

Dr G.N Saibaba’s Life In Danger: Writes, He May Not Survive The Winter Months

Dr G.N.Saibaba Professor at Delhi University and now in solitary confinement in Nagpur Central Jail has spoken out for help. Saibaba 90 per cent disabled and suffering from multiple ailments, wrote this letter to his wife Vasantha that he might not be able to survive the winter months in jail. He has been convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act[Read More…]

Rohingya Refugee with children, injured by Burmese mob on the way to Bangladesh, at No-man's land in Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Bangladesh. Photo: © Abu Ala

Rohingyas: A Photo Essay From A Refugee Camp In Bangladesh

21-22 September 2017; Tambru, Myanmar-Bangladesh border and Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: ‘Refugee camps’ of sorts or just make shift shelters of “Rohingya” minorities of Myanmar, who have fled the genocide and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Myanmar army and majority population, have sprung up along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. These camps are stretching from just outside of[Read More…]

Alleged Gang Rape Of A Minor Girl By Security Force Personnel

Alleged Gang Rape Of A Minor Girl By Security Force Personnel

On 10th of October, a case of gang rape on a minor girl from Patangi area of Koraput district of Odisha was reported in the media.  The victim girl belongs to the dalit community and according to her allegations the alleged rapists were in uniform put on by security forces and were carrying guns.  The incident caused massive reactions from[Read More…]

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Ahwazi community in Berlin protest EU’s silence on ongoing human rights abuses in  Ahwaz

Ahwazi community in Berlin protest EU’s silence on ongoing human rights abuses in Ahwaz

On Friday, October 20, a mass demonstration organized by Europe’s Ahwazi community took place in Berlin, Germany. This protest entitled “we will not forget about you” demanded that the German government, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, intervene immediately regarding Iran’s increasingly oppressive human rights violations against the Arab people of occupied Ahwaz. The demonstrators consisted of Ahwazi Arab diaspora and[Read More…]

Women walk along a corridor at the Los Angeles County women's jail in Lynwood, California April 26, 2013. The Second Chance Women's Re-entry Court is one of the first in the U.S. to focus on women, and offers a cost-saving alternative to prison for women who plead guilty to non-violent crimes and volunteer for treatment. Of the 297 women who have been through the court since 2007, 100 have graduated, and only 35 have been returned to state prison. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTXZ1G4

 Pardon Me

  A man was starving in Capri; He moved his eyes and looked at me; I felt his gaze, I heard his moan, And knew his hunger as my own. — from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Renascence A pardon is an executive forgiveness of crime; commutation is an executive lowering of a given penalty. A pardon wipes out the conviction while[Read More…]

Three More Aadhaar Linked Starvation Deaths Reported In Karnataka: Fact Finding Report

Three More Aadhaar Linked Starvation Deaths Reported In Karnataka: Fact Finding Report

The New Indian Express on 16th July 2017 carried a report that three members of a Dalit family died within 15 days in Gokarna district, due to starvation. It was further stated in the report that the deceased possessed BPL cards but did not get ration since April, as they did not have Aadhaar numbers, however, the District Commissioner denied[Read More…]

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Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

The Supreme Court has banned sale of fire crackers in Delhi NCR. The news item then narrates that many will lose jobs as they are employed by the fire cracker industry. 85 % of fire crackers are manufactured at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. As per the report, more than 3 lakhs employees are employed in making fire crackers & nearly 5 lakhs in ancillary industries[Read More…]

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The Missing Cases Of Humanity, Compassion And Justice In Pakistan

The Missing Cases Of Humanity, Compassion And Justice In Pakistan

  This is not about justice or injustice, humanity or inhumanity, compassion or cruelty in a non-Islamic country Canada where I live where the true principles of Islam are being upheld in spirit; it is about injustice, inhumanity and cruelty in an Islamic country: Pakistan. I’ve chosen the media platform of countercurrents to publish this short article as I believe[Read More…]

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The Blood That Flows Within

The Blood That Flows Within

  “If a captive mind is unaware of being in prison, it is living in error. If it has recognized the fact, even for the tenth of a second, and then quickly forgotten it in order to avoid suffering, it is living in falsehood. Men of the most brilliant intelligence can be born, live and die in error and falsehood. In them, intelligence is neither a good, nor even an asset. The difference between more or less intelligent men[Read More…]

Dalit Girl Paraded As ‘Thief’ In Nepal

Dalit Girl Paraded As ‘Thief’ In Nepal

This week Just Asia begins with Nepal, where a distressing case of caste discrimination saw a 14-year-old Dalit girl paraded in Belbari Municipality-2 of Morang district with shoes around her neck, soot smeared on her face, and the tag of ‘thief’ stuck on her body. She was also beaten with nettle greens, causing her body to swell. Although the police[Read More…]

Gang-Rape At Gun Point Of A Minor Girl By Men In Uniform In Odisha

Gang-Rape At Gun Point Of A Minor Girl By Men In Uniform In Odisha

It is a matter of great concern that on 10th October 2017, a minor girl aged about 14 years, a student of government run Sorisapada residential school for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe was allegedly gang-raped at gunpoint by a group of four persons in security uniform in a forest area near Lenjiguda village in Potangi Police Station limit under Koraput district. This inhuman and barbaric incident has appeared in all mass electronic as well as print media, which has shocked and annoyed the concerned citizens of the Society.

Habib Jaber the head of the Arab struggle for the liberation of Ahwaz

Interview With The Leader Of The Arab Struggle Movement For The Liberation of Ahwaz

Habib Jaber, the head of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, has been interviewed on the Saudi TV station “alekhbariya” where he spoke about the movement, its struggle, and the future vision for it, and the Iranian regime. _____________________________ Between revolution and reformation, there is always an unstable period of time where the direction of the movement[Read More…]

 Incendiary Incarceration

 Incendiary Incarceration

  “I shall never forget how I was roused one night by the groans of a fellow prisoner, who threw himself about in his sleep, obviously having a horrible nightmare…. I wanted to wake the poor man. Suddenly I drew back the hand which was ready to shake him, frightened at the thing I was about to do…. No dream,[Read More…]

Bangladesh, Myanmar, And The Rohingyas: Is Hasina Hopelessly Deserted By Her Immediate Neighbors?

Bangladesh, Myanmar, And The Rohingyas: Is Hasina Hopelessly Deserted By Her Immediate Neighbors?

  Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:  Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:      Then, heigh-ho, the holly!        This life is most jolly. (Shakespeare’s As You Like It) Muslim Rohingyas, after their centuries-old Arakanempire and present Rakhine state that belongs to the militant Buddhist Myanmar, have been subject to a brutal ethnic cleansing for decades. They are the[Read More…]

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Rohingya refugees wait for the food to be distributed by local organisations near Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Violence & Peace Are Not Defined By Religion

A couple of weeks ago I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, it was at the time when several news agencies were reporting the Rohingya crisis unfolding in Myanmar.  There was social media frenzy around the atrocities by the Myanmar security forces and the radio silence from Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. This international uproar was a result of 100,000s[Read More…]

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Boat capsize kills 60 Rohingya

Boat capsize kills 60 Rohingya

This week Just Asia begins with the death of 60 Rohingya in a boat capsize off Bangladesh on September 28, as they were fleeing violence in Burma. A UN spokesman said 23 people were confirmed dead and 40 more were “missing and presumed drowned”. Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in[Read More…]

The Crisis Of The Educated And Civilised Society In Kerala: From Kamla Surayya To Hadiya

The Crisis Of The Educated And Civilised Society In Kerala: From Kamla Surayya To Hadiya

Well known writer, Kamla Surayya was born in a conservative Nair Hindu family (Nalappat) in 1934. She embraced Islam in 1999 at the Age of 65 and changed her name from Kamla Das to Kamla Surayya. Many conservative Hindu sections became totally contemptuous to her for this behaviour. The Sangh Parivar accusations and attacks on her went on till her[Read More…]

I’m A Rohingya, Am I Not A Human Being?

I’m A Rohingya, Am I Not A Human Being?

I do not have a coffin to shroud my dead son, how can I wear a black flag of ISIS to terrorise you country? With all the strength I am left with, I plead and advocate that I too am a human being. Do not ask me my creed, my colour, my religion, my caste and my decent and I[Read More…]

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Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

In the recent past, Government of India has tried to construct an argument that Rohingyas are a security threat to the Nation. Home Ministry has tried to indicate that Rohingyas pose security challenge and are recruited by terror groups. This point has been used to state that they need to be deported. RSS chief Mohan Bagawat the ideological mouthpiece of[Read More…]

The UN Minces Words, An International Tribunal Declares Genocide, And Evil On Film

The UN Minces Words, An International Tribunal Declares Genocide, And Evil On Film

  The UN Security Council held its first meeting on Rohingya in nine years last Thursday (September 28, 2017).  The language was harshly critical of Myanmar.  Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the situation as a “human rights nightmare” and “urged Myanmar to end its military operations”.  The number of Rohingya refugees has meanwhile mushroomed to more than 500,000.  All the[Read More…]

Two Shocking Indian Rape Judgments

Two Shocking Indian Rape Judgments

This week Just Asia begins with two shocking judgments in India, in two different cases of sexual assault. In the first, the Punjab and Haryana High Court suspended the sentences of three law students convicted of raping and blackmailing their female classmate, on the basis of unrelated and irrelevant aspects of the survivor’s lifestyle. In the second judgment, the Delhi[Read More…]

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Myopia And Mayhem Running Amok In Myanmar

Indications are that leaders in both the adjacent countries have one factor in common: they’ve got caught in a cleft stick. The world has witnessed numerous “cleansing operations” but rarely has it seen the unabashed capitulation of someone who was honored with the highest accolade and had the support of a wide range of people across regions. Whether it’s a[Read More…]

Hitler, Churchill, Trump, Aung San Suu Kyi & Genocidal Intent To Destroy

Hitler, Churchill, Trump, Aung San Suu Kyi & Genocidal Intent To Destroy

  The UN Genocide Convention defines genocide as “acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part”. Hitler sought and effected “removal” and “annihilation” of the Jews, Churchill hated and thence deliberately starved 7 million Indians to death, and both sought to cover it up. In 2017 Trump vows to “to totally destroy North Korea”, Aung San Suu[Read More…]

Mr. Xi Jinping, Take A  Look At This Photo

Mr. Xi Jinping, Take A  Look At This Photo

I urge you, Mr. Xi Jinping, President of Peoples’ Republic of China to take a good look at this photo. Do you see what I see? I see the agony. I see sadness. I also see numerous questions in the eyes of these Rohingya kids that are asking – why are we here, why our parents are not with us,[Read More…]

South Asians Hold Rally For Rohingyas In Surrey

South Asians Hold Rally For Rohingyas In Surrey

About 50 demonstrators showed up at a rally for Rohingya refugees at Surrey’s Holland Park on Saturday evening. The Surrey Center Liberal MP Randeep Singh Sarai was also in attendance. He was the only elected official to be present. Since the rally was held in his riding he came to speak in solidarity with the victims of ethnic cleansing in[Read More…]

Reflection On An Ignoble Nobel And The Rohingya Genocide

Reflection On An Ignoble Nobel And The Rohingya Genocide

  When the German transatlantic liner the St. Louis set off with 900 German Jews seeking refuge, it was 1939 and they were trying to escape what became one of the most despicable events in European history. Neither Canada nor the United States offered to help the people on this ship and it sailed on to Cuba. Seventy-eight years later, almost 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since the last week of August. In an ethnic cleansing[Read More…]

Smith With Daughter

Any White Cop Can Kill A Black Man At Any Time

  And the cop will not go to jail.  This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him.  Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. [Read More…]

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How Should The Work On The Asian Charter For Human Rights Be Carried Forward?

How Should The Work On The Asian Charter For Human Rights Be Carried Forward?

The following is a presentation made at a workshop organized by the Asian Human Rights Commission and the May 18th Foundation (14-16th September 2017) on the preparations for the 20th Anniversary of the Asian Human Rights Charter 1998. This paper addresses the direction the Asian human rights movement should take in order to contribute to the improved enjoyment of rights[Read More…]

The Rohingya: Abandoned, Persecuted, Lost – A Documentary

The Rohingya: Abandoned, Persecuted, Lost – A Documentary

A documentary on the plight of the Rohingyas For them, dignity – safety – well-being are pious words. For them, it’s a constant struggle – of their bare existence or, survival. The Rohingya has been a victim of denial and deprivation for ages, over occasions. The world requires to step up, to come forward, be part of the global ethics.[Read More…]

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Rahul Easwar's selfie with Dr Hadiya

The Virtual House Arrest Of Dr Hadiya

Text of letter to The Chairperson, Kerala State Women’s Commission: Sub: The virtual house arrest of Dr Hadiya at the residence of Sri Asokan. Dear Madam We, the undersigned, a group concerned about the protection of citizens’ rights in India, wish to bring to your notice what may be potentially a serious violation of such rights, in the case of[Read More…]

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On the 9th Anniversary Of The Batla House ‘Encounter’, The Case So Far

On the 9th Anniversary Of The Batla House ‘Encounter’, The Case So Far

It will be nine years today since the Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed to have unravelled the conspiracy of the serial blasts that had struck the capital city the previous week, and the ‘encounter’ that resulted in the death of Inspector Sharma, a veteran of dozens of encounters and two young men, Atif Ameen and Sajid. NHRC and the[Read More…]

Open Doors For Rohingya Refugees

Open Doors For Rohingya Refugees

Indians Abroad for Plural India (IAPI) and South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) condemn the Government of India’s endorsement of the Myanmar government’s treatment of the Rohingya minority that has been described by the UN as “ethnic cleansing” and the Hindu nationalist BJP government’s determination to expel the Rohigya refugees already in India as illegal immigrants.    Rohingyas[Read More…]

Asian Human Rights Defenders Call For An End To Genocide In Myanmar

Asian Human Rights Defenders Call For An End To Genocide In Myanmar

WORLD: (BURMA/MYANMAR) A statement calling to end the violence committed against the Rohingya community in Myanmar, and urging the Government of Myanmar to recognise the human rights of the Rohingya people Today, on 15 September 2017, a group of 58 Asian human rights defenders, including the Chairpersons of the National Human Rights Commissions of: Indonesia, Nepal, Timor Leste, and the[Read More…]

Rohingya Injured By Landmines As They Flee Violence

Rohingya Injured By Landmines As They Flee Violence

This week Just Asia begins with Burma, where many Rohingya are suffering horrific injuries and loss of limbs by landmines along the Burma-Bangladesh border in their attempt to flee the violence. After the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) attacked several police posts on August 25, the Burmese government carried out a brutal counter-insurgency clampdown. The UN estimates some 300,000[Read More…]

Rohingya Muslims And Our Immediate Responsibilities

Rohingya Muslims And Our Immediate Responsibilities

  The decades old brutal crackdown by Myanmar army, police, nationalist monks and Buddhist fundamentalists on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State in the country’s northwestern region has intensified in recent months,  is no doubt one the most unaccounted human tragedies of our era. The Rohingya Muslims comprising more than 1.1 million souls apart from another million scattered in different countries, have been living in Myanmar[Read More…]

The Genocide Of The Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy And False Prophets

The Genocide Of The Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy And False Prophets

  To a certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a ‘democracy icon’ because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that the US-led western coalition isolated Rangoon for its alliance with China. Aung San Suu Kyi played her role as expected,[Read More…]

RSS Complicity In Rohingya Muslim Genocide

RSS Complicity In Rohingya Muslim Genocide

  A silent genocide of Myanmar (also known as Burma) Muslims is in progress. Such is the urgency shown by  Burmese Govt. to annihilate its Rohingya Muslims that it has even  used Gunship helicopters to fire  lethal & heavy   ammunition on fleeing Muslims. The international community is a mute spectator to the organized holocaust and 57 Muslim Countries, except with[Read More…]

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IAPL Condemns The Harassment Of Kashmiri Lawyers By The NIA 

IAPL Condemns The Harassment Of Kashmiri Lawyers By The NIA 

  Lawyers across Kashmir boycotted court work for four consecutive days from 4th to 7th September 2017 against the summoning of the President of High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA), Advocate Mian Qayoom by NIA (National Investigation Agency). The lawyers at Srinagar court complex as well as the High Court had also staged protests under the banner of JKHCBA. They were[Read More…]

Healing The Heart Of Darkness

Healing The Heart Of Darkness

Chhattisgarh state has been a battleground for two conflicting world-views and two models of development that are at loggerheads with each other. Successive governments, representing the interests of global and national capital have been pursuing a policy of emptying tribal villages to hand over the vast forest and mineral resources to private corporations. The mineral rich Dandakaranya forest spanning over[Read More…]

Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

My dear Aung San Suu Kyi I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya. In my heart you are a dearly beloved younger sister. For years I had a photograph of you on my[Read More…]

Rohingya Exodus Continues As Satellite Images Reveal Burning Villages

Rohingya Exodus Continues As Satellite Images Reveal Burning Villages

This week Just Asia begins with Burma, where Rohingya refugees continue streaming to Bangladesh after violence erupted in Rakhine state just over a week ago. Although the Bangladesh government has a zero-tolerance refugee policy, it seems that security officials are ignoring government orders and allowing refugees to cross the border. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has released satellite imagery showing that[Read More…]

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prizes And The Rohingyas

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prizes And The Rohingyas

Scratch the skin of a saint, claimed George Orwell, and you are bound to find a sinner with an extensive resume.  Such resumes are evaluated in these modern times by accolades, awards, and summits.  The Noble Peace Prize tends to be crowning affirmation that somewhere along the line, you sufficiently fouled up to merit it. The calls, some even shrill,[Read More…]

Remedying Rohynga Genocide

Remedying Rohynga Genocide

George Orwell, the author of the ‘Burmese Days’ once said that, “Every saint is a sinner until proven innocent”. Aung San Su Kyi, a Nobel Peace Laureate who is currently presiding over one of the most horrendous genocides of our time of her country’s ethnic minority, the Rohyngas- has never been a saintnor is she likely to be one in[Read More…]

Over 100 Days In Jail

Over 100 Days In Jail

Thirumurugan Gandhi, an activist and chief co-ordinator of the May 17 Movement  and Daison, Ilamaran and Arun Kumar of Tamilarvidiyalkatchi are behind Bars in Tamil Nadu for over 100 days. Their crime was to light candle in memory  of the Eelam Tamils who were massacred in the 2009 civil war in Srilanka. Over 1,50,000 Eelam Tamils lost their lives in[Read More…]

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The Rohingya Genocide And Inadequate Response From Bangladesh

The Rohingya Genocide And Inadequate Response From Bangladesh

  I believe “genocide” is the right word to describe the ongoing mass killing, rape, and expropriation of Rohingyas in Mayanmar. Polish Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) first used the expression in 1943, to denote the mass killings, rapes, torture, extortions, and marginalization of Jews and others in Axis-occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. As Lemkin has defined genocide,[Read More…]

Naturalizing Everyday Violence In Mizoram

Naturalizing Everyday Violence In Mizoram

Due to the presence of violence in everydayness, people in general are tormented, both mentally and psychologically, which have larger detrimental consequences in the state of Mizoram. Therefore, the state of Mizoram instead of exploiting the project of identity and nationalism, they must build an environment where humanity thrives and uphold the identity of ‘land of peace’.

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Rohingyas: Jihadists?

Rohingyas: Jihadists?

  The Rohingyas — or at least some Rohingyas — are now being projected as terrorists, as “Jihadists” out to kill Myanmar soldiers and civilians. Myanmar leaders including Aung San SuuKyi have spoken along these lines. This view of the Rohingyas is being propagated by the Myanmar government with greater zeal since a small armed group called the ArakanRohingya Salvation[Read More…]

Khalsa Credit Union Donates $ 30,000 To Help Religious Minorities Being Persecuted In Afghanistan

Khalsa Credit Union Donates $ 30,000 To Help Religious Minorities Being Persecuted In Afghanistan

  On August 29, the Vancouver-based Khalsa Credit Union (KCU) donated a cheque worth $ 30,000 to a foundation that was established to help Hindus and Sikhs being persecuted by the Islamic extremists in Afghanistan. At a well attended community awards event of the KCU, Manmeet Singh Bhullar foundation received the money to immediately help the families of the minority[Read More…]

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Rohyinga Villages Burning Again

Rohyinga Villages Burning Again

Authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from the ArakanRohynga Salvation Army (ARSA), launched a pre-dawn raid on police outposts in the conflict region and this has been the main cause of the latest violence in Arakan. According to one report, “The army has declared a war against ‘terrorism’, encircling[Read More…]

Enforced Disappearances

Enforced Disappearances

  The international community commemorates 30th day of August as the  International day  of the Disappeared. Kashmir, which has witnessed thousands of enforced disappearances  is commemorating this  day with a renewed appeal to international community to force India to divulge information about the enforced disappearances. In international human rights law, an enforced disappearance  (or involuntary disappearance) occurs when a person is secretly arrested,[Read More…]

Dichotomy Between Legal And Social Juvenile Justice In India

Dichotomy Between Legal And Social Juvenile Justice In India

  Before any debate and discussion on the “implementation of Juvenile Justice” it is mandatory to understand who is Juvenile? What Juvenile Justice system is? Why we are discussing the issue? And why there is different mechanism of justice for juvenile especially when we have already a transparent and democratic justice system in a place? Juvenile is a term used[Read More…]

Civil Advocacy Groups Denounce Trump’s Pardon Of Shariff Arpaio

Civil Advocacy Groups Denounce Trump’s Pardon Of Shariff Arpaio

Civil rights groups and Democrats Friday condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of disobeying a court verdict ordering his agency to stop racially profiling Latinos. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted the move “makes a mockery of rule of law, & says communities of color can be targeted & abused[Read More…]

AHRC TV: Protests in Hong Kong Over Sentencing of Democracy Activists

AHRC TV: Protests in Hong Kong Over Sentencing of Democracy Activists

This week Just Asia begins with Hong Kong, where there is much protest and outrage against the jailing of three democracy activists for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Hong Kong’s High Court sentenced Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow to six-eight months imprisonment for the non-violent protest related crime of unlawful assembly last Thursday. Thousands of supporters[Read More…]

Feminists Condemn Harassment of Prof Nivedita Menon by JNU Administration

Feminists Condemn Harassment of Prof Nivedita Menon by JNU Administration

We, the undersigned women’s rights groups, activists and academics, are shocked to learn that the JNU administration has adopted a biased and mala fide procedure to institute an enquiry against Professor Nivedita Menon, eminent academic and well-known feminist who is Chairperson of the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Thought at the School of International Studies, JNU. We are appalled to learn[Read More…]

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha Condemns The Police Crackdown On Sanjay Sahni And others

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha Condemns The Police Crackdown On Sanjay Sahni And others

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha strongly condemns the arrest of Sanjay Sahni in Muzaffarpur, Bihar on 21 August and the police lathi charge on other members on Samaj Parivartan Shakti Sanghathan (SPSS) who were protesting outside the office of the district’s Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC). Sudha Devi of the Sangathan was badly injured on the head. Other Sangathan members who were hit[Read More…]

JUST ASIA BULLETIN: Thai student activist Pai Dao Din sentenced

JUST ASIA BULLETIN: Thai student activist Pai Dao Din sentenced

This week Just Asia begins with Thailand, where student activist Pai Dao Din has been sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment for sharing a BBC biography of King Vajiralongkorn. Despite more than 2,000 people sharing the controversial BBC article on Facebook and millions reading it, Jatuphat was the only one arrested for lèse majesté. A week earlier, a 61-year-old man[Read More…]

Thirumurugan Gandhi: ​90 Days – Prison Continues..!

Thirumurugan Gandhi: ​90 Days – Prison Continues..!

Thirumurugan Gandhi, is one of the most committed and honest activist from Southern India, who fights for the democratic rights of all people for the past nine years. He consistently advocates for the democratic aspirations of Eelam Tamils, Palestinians, Kurds , Kashmiris ,Western Saharans and Sikhs. He has also spoken in the Geneva human rights sessions in the United Nations[Read More…]

The Ridiculous Case of Advocate Murugan

The Ridiculous Case of Advocate Murugan

A. Murrugan, a young lawyer practicing at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court was arrested from his residence on 8th January 2017. The police had gone to his house in the early morning 4 o’clock, and after arresting him seized his case papers, files, preparations for final arguments for some cases and books, Homeopathy medicines & a medical[Read More…]

The Right Of African Americans To Self-Determination

The Right Of African Americans To Self-Determination

A speech delivered by international law Professor Francis A. Boyle at East-West University, Chicago Illinois, April 20, 2012, before the IHRAAM Conference on Civil Rights, Human Rights, & Self-Determination In order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s invasion of the Americas, in early 1992 I was asked by the Organizers of the International Tribunal of Indigenous Peoples and Oppressed[Read More…]

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Thoughts On A Love-Letter From Prison

As the nation approaches yet another birthday, its seventieth, to be precise, this Independence Day, I am reminded of the letter that a dear friend of mine sent to his wife on her birthday (which also happened to be recently). She was kind enough to share that letter with many of us well-wishers – indeed, with the world, by posting[Read More…]

Mobilizing for the Aug. 19 Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington DC

Mobilizing for the Aug. 19 Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington DC

–Part one of an interview with Law Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell By Angola 3 News Robert H. King and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 are issuing a call to everybody concerned about the human rights of US prisoners: “We know the economic situation for African Americans, other minority communities, and poor whites is very difficult. However, if there is[Read More…]

Medha Patkar Arrested Again

Medha Patkar Arrested Again

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar was arrested again after being released from hospital. She is on the 14th day of her fast. Today after discharged from hospital in the afternoon, Medha Patkar started at 4 PM from Indore after meeting her supporters and resting a little. As their vehicle was moving towards Barwani, her vehicle was intercepted by nearly[Read More…]

Arrest Of Two Mine Workers In Odisha

Arrest Of Two Mine Workers In Odisha

            Two mine workers, Rabi Murmu and Abhimanyu Mahanta, of Sukinda Chromite mining area of Jajpur district of Odisha, while opposing their illegal suspension from their work, while they were uniting other workers to place their common demands before the management and while both of them were questioning the silence of existing trade unions on workers’ issue have been arrested[Read More…]

AHRC TV: Pakistan Supreme Court Disqualifies Nawaz Sharif And Other Stories 

AHRC TV: Pakistan Supreme Court Disqualifies Nawaz Sharif And Other Stories 

This week, Just Asia begins with the resignation of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. The country’s Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif on July 28, and called for criminal charges to be filed against Sharif and his family. Under the constitution of Pakistan, the prime minister is elected for five years. Until today however, no elected prime minister has completed their[Read More…]

The Benefits Of Being A Slave

The Benefits Of Being A Slave

    My friend K. Sheshu Babu wrote a statement: If government’s see people as private property, that may be ok because at least they ‘ value ‘ them. But, they see people as ‘ voting machines ‘ which is worse than slaves … The politicians Garner votes during elections and forget that they are in the govt because of[Read More…]

Suitable Company: Trump, Turnbull And Refugees

Suitable Company: Trump, Turnbull And Refugees

“I think it is a horrible deal, a disgusting deal that I would never have made. It is an embarrassment to the United States of America and you can say it just the way I said it.” Donald J. Trump to Malcolm Turnbull, Jan 28, 2017 It acts as a Rorschach test on policy making in the United States, upon[Read More…]

Hardman and Gunman in Bodoland

Hardman and Gunman in Bodoland

Bodoland has become synonymous to everyday violence. Such everyday violence takes multiple forms. It can be physically harming a human body or throwing insults, even passed on as everyday humour. The desire for a separate homeland or an autonomous area of Bodoland has provoked conflicts of a variety. This desire for separate homeland has manufactured ‘hardman’ and ‘gunman’, like in[Read More…]

Amandeep Singh being honoured by Parshottam Dosanjh, Chinmoy Banerjee and Gian Singh Gill.

Lawyer Who Drafted Petition Seeking Prof. Saibaba’s Release Honoured By Radical Desi

Human rights activist and lawyer Amandeep Singh was honoured by Radical Desi at an event held at Surrey, BC, Canada, Central Library on Sunday afternoon. Singh who had unsuccessfully contested the May provincial election as New Democratic Party candidate from Richmond Queensborough had drafted the petition seeking Canadian intervention for the release of Prof. G.N. Saibaba was presented with Radical[Read More…]

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Criminalising The Poor And Demolition Of Houses Under “Gunda Dhar-Pakad Abhiyaan” In Indore

  When Administration starts to behave like a Cruel Father and begins to dominate your life and lifestyles, it becomes difficult to live in the city. We never know what cruel strategy would then they will use to attack us. The administration of Indore (The largest city in state of Madhya Pradesh) is behaving like a similar Cruel and Arrogant[Read More…]

Jal Satyargaha In Narmada By Villagers

Jal Satyargaha In Narmada By Villagers

Badwani, Madhya Pradesh. 29, July 2017: Today is the third day of indefinite fast in the Narmada Valley. Hundreds of the villagers today entered the Narmada waters and observed jal satyagraha. They challenged the government’s plan to force death upon 40,000 families by closing gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam without any complete rehabilitation in the Narmada Valley. Shyama Behn, Bhagirath[Read More…]

Bangladesh Rights Defender Detained By Malaysian Authorities 

Bangladesh Rights Defender Detained By Malaysian Authorities 

This week Just Asia begins with the case of Bangladeshi lawyer and human rights defender Adilur Rahman Khan, who was detained by Malaysian immigration authorities for more than 12 hours at Kuala Lumpur airport last week. Without giving any reasons for the detention, the authorities finally deported him back to Dhaka. Just Asia speaks to Adilur for details on his[Read More…]

Machil Fake Encounter: Hopes Belied

Machil Fake Encounter: Hopes Belied

News reports of 27.07.2017 state that an Armed Forces Tribunal has suspended the life sentences awarded by a General Court Martial in 2014 and which were confirmed in 2015, to five army personnel for the killings of three Kashmiri civilians in April 2010, at Machil. The reason for suspension rests on presentation of ‘facts’ which have allegedly broken the chain[Read More…]

Refugee Conundrums: Resettlement, The UN And The US-Australia Deal

Refugee Conundrums: Resettlement, The UN And The US-Australia Deal

Having poured scorn and not an indecent amount of bile upon the refugee deal between the Obama administration and Canberra last year, US President Donald Trump was never going to make things easy for the resettlement of various groups held on Nauru and Manus Island. Repeated emphasis has been made on the issue of how the anti-terrorism regime outlined in[Read More…]

Mahagun Moderne: Communal Attacks, Arrests And Eviction Of Migrant Workers In Noida, UP

Mahagun Moderne: Communal Attacks, Arrests And Eviction Of Migrant Workers In Noida, UP

PUDR investigated the aftermath of July 12, 2017, when Zohra Bibi, a domestic worker in Noida’s Mahagun Moderne, was severely beaten up and later went missing from her employer’s flat after allegations of theft were leveled against her. Subsequently, the local police, administration, Resident Welfare Association, as well as the MP and BJP minister Mahesh Sharma have been complicit in[Read More…]

When Erasure From Memory Is Also A Human Rights Violation

When Erasure From Memory Is Also A Human Rights Violation

  The Human rights organisation, Amnesty International has brought out two reports, one in 2016 and another in 2017, highlighting details of prisoners facing death penalties and of undertrials in India. However both reports fail to mention that a majority of those facing death penalties or undertrials awaiting a hearing belong to the historically marginalised Scheduled caste and Scheduled tribes[Read More…]

AHRC TV: Supreme Court orders probe into Manipur killings

AHRC TV: Supreme Court orders probe into Manipur killings

This week Just Asia begins with India, where the Supreme Court passed a historic judgment last Friday, ordering the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe into the allegations of ‘fake encounters’ by uniformed personnel in the conflict ridden state of Manipur. To ensure an impartial investigation, the Court ordered that no member of the Manipur police will be a part[Read More…]

Fight Child Abuse

Fight Child Abuse

K.P Sasi is a film maker, writer, activist and cartoonist. He can be reached at kpsasi36@gmail.com

Physical And Sexual Assault On A Transgender Woman By A Group Of Army Personnel

Physical And Sexual Assault On A Transgender Woman By A Group Of Army Personnel

13th July, 2017, Hyderabad: WSS and THITS express outrage at the brutal physical and sexual assault of a 34 year old transgender woman by a group of army personnel. WSS demands stringent penal action against all the accused, a speedy investigation and trial, as well as complete medical treatment, compensation and legal support to the survivor (name concealed to respect[Read More…]

Chinese Peace Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Is Dead

Chinese Peace Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Is Dead

Chinese Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has met his end. The end signifies several things- that no state oppression can ever defeat the strong will of the people. Liu stood for a cause and state did its oppressive acts as is the nature of the non democratic states, but he defeated the Chinese policy of restriction to dissidents as[Read More…]

 Iranian Security Forces Intensify Demolishing Ahwazi Arabs Citizens’ Homes

 Iranian Security Forces Intensify Demolishing Ahwazi Arabs Citizens’ Homes

Members of an Ahwazi Arab family were arrested after Iranian security forces beat them and ransacked their home. On July 11, 2017, human rights activists in Arab Ahwaz region in the south and south west of Iran  reported that Iranian security forces arrested an Ahwazi Arab woman, Zahra Sawari, and two of her sons, Mohammad Sawari and Ali Sawari, after[Read More…]

Fact Finding Report on the Mob Lynching in Jharkhand on Suspicion of Kidnapping Children

Fact Finding Report on the Mob Lynching in Jharkhand on Suspicion of Kidnapping Children

Report By National Co-ordination of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) and Bandi Mukti Committee In the early morning of 18th May, 2017, Sobhapur (Dist. – Saraikela, P.S. – Rajnagar, Jharkhand) witnessed the brutal torture and subsequent killing ofSheikh Naim, Sheikh Siraj,Md. Sajjad, and Sheikh Halim by a mob, on the suspicion of kidnapping children (‘bachchachor’ in local language).On the same day,Goutam[Read More…]

Videos Of Police Brutality In Pakistan And Other Stories 

Videos Of Police Brutality In Pakistan And Other Stories 

This week Just Asia begins with Pakistan, where police brutality and violence continues. Three videos show how law enforcement officials regularly transcend their authority and abuse ordinary citizens, with a complete lack of accountability. In the most recently surfaced video, a group of police officers are baton charging unarmed women mill workers in Muzaffargarh, Punjab. Next, three journalists have been[Read More…]

In this undated photo, Liu Xia feeds her husband Liu Xiaobo at a hospital in China.

Chinese Human Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo Health Detoriates Further-A Serious Cause Of Concern

Liu Xiaobo (born-28 December 1955), the only Nobel Peace Prize winner from authoritarian Communist state China appears to be on death bed. Chinese government has disallowed him to move out of the country for the liver cancer treatment. China fears lest he should emerge as the magnet for the anti Chinese forces which are gaining ground at least in the[Read More…]

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DDA Agrees To Stop Demolition Of Slums In Baljeet

DDA Agrees To Stop Demolition Of Slums In Baljeet

In the 13 Rules for Radicals by American Activist Saul Alinsky for the Community Organisers, the first rule is “Power is not what you think you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” These rules are for the low income Communities towards gaining social, political, economic and legal power. Also, the radicalism has been described a sone of the[Read More…]

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`’Surrendered’  Maoists   Tried  By  `Surrendered Judges’

`’Surrendered’  Maoists   Tried  By  `Surrendered Judges’

Nandini  Sundar’s  case  study  of  Podiyam  Panda’s plight  as  a  victim  of  the  police  plot  to  show  him  off  to  the  press  as  a  surrendered  Maoist’  (re: Questionable  legality  of  the  Surrender  Process  in Chhattisgarh’  in  the  Counter-currents website  of  May  23,  2017),  not  only  re-iterates  the  well-established  notorious role  of  the  Indian  police  in  framing  innocent  people,  but  also  throws [Read More…]

For The Liberation of Alahwaz

For The Liberation of Alahwaz

More than 90 years has passed since the important event where the Iranian regime occupied Alahwaz. It began on the 20th of April 1925 where they practiced all forms of oppression and persecution against Alahwazi Arabs, policies of internationally banned and Arab ethnic cleansing, where they began the confiscation of land and the destruction of villages, settlement building and changed[Read More…]

AHRC Video Series JUST ASIA: Videos of Police Brutality in Pakistan And Other Stories

AHRC Video Series JUST ASIA: Videos of Police Brutality in Pakistan And Other Stories

This week Just Asia begins with Pakistan, where police brutality and violence continues. Three videos show how law enforcement officials regularly transcend their authority and abuse ordinary citizens, with a complete lack of accountability. In the most recently surfaced video, a group of police officers are baton charging unarmed women mill workers in Muzaffargarh, Punjab. Next, three journalists have been[Read More…]

A young boy sits outside his demolished house. Children are most affected  by this eviction as they now lack the place for recreational needs and many have not had food since their parents are busy in collecting/digging household belongings such as stove,Gas, Utensils. (Photographs taken on July6, 2017 )

Forceful Demolition At Gulshan Chowk, Baljeet Nagar, Delhi

The immediate need of the families affected by this incident is related to water, Food, temporary shelter (Shaded) till they recover their belongings from under the debris and start to make their living. As a secondary need they will require support for the proper rehabilitation within the legal framework. Things to be taken in notice is that although there’s a big population of women in the slum, no women police officers were present at the time of demolition.

Ominous Arrests Point At Imminent Rule Of The Outlaw In Uttar Pradesh

Ominous Arrests Point At Imminent Rule Of The Outlaw In Uttar Pradesh

The arrests of 31 Dalit activists in Lucknow, state capital of Uttar Pradesh, is an ominous marker of the things to come. Add the circumstances of their arrest and they also hint at an authoritarian regime lurching around, set for the takeover of whatever little is left of dissent, democracy and the rule of law in the state. The arrests[Read More…]

Weed Out The Rogues In Uniform Rather Than Trivialising Rape

Weed Out The Rogues In Uniform Rather Than Trivialising Rape

‘Why do armed women cut off a particular organ of Indian soldiers engaged in combating armed insurgencies across India, be it Punjab, Kashmir, Arunachal, Assam, Bengal or Jharkhand?’ asked senior opposition leader Azam Khan. The insinuation was unmistakable, and it had a basis: armed Maoists had indeed chopped off private parts of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel slain in their latest big ambush[Read More…]

Death Of Under Trial Prisoners In Odisha

Death Of Under Trial Prisoners In Odisha

‘Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha’ condemns death of Bari Pidikaka, a Dongaria tribal in judicial custody. He died on 24th June, just few hours after his admission, at SCB Medical College, Cuttack.But his family members were informed on 25th June, 2017 after one day of his death by the local police. His son Dabru Pidikaka received the body on 27th[Read More…]

National Security Act Imposed In Naramada Valley

National Security Act Imposed In Naramada Valley

New Delhi, 29 July 2017: The situation at one of the oldest sites of human civilizations – the Narmada valley of Madhya Pradesh is today worse than a battlefield where the humble, hard working farmers, fisher folk, potters and labourers are struggling day in and day out to simply survive against the onslaught of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in the[Read More…]

Collective (Conscience) Killer

Collective (Conscience) Killer

President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee rejected five more mercy petitions between 25th and 26th May, 2017. With his current rejections, he has achieved 42 rejections and seven acceptances of mercy petitions during his tenure. There has been marked increase in rejections of mercy petitions in recent years, especially, after Mr. Pranab Mukherjee assumed office in 2012, former Presidents have[Read More…]

Does The Indian President – cum – Supreme Commander of Defence Forces Endorse The Army Chief’s Use Of Human Shield?

Does The Indian President – cum – Supreme Commander of Defence Forces Endorse The Army Chief’s Use Of Human Shield?

  The incident of Major Gogoi tying a 24 year old Kashmiri Muslim, Farooq Ahmed Dar, a weaver from a village in Budgam, Kashmir to the front of army jeep and parading him around with the stated objective of ensuring that stone pelters would not be able to harm the personnel in the jeep – government servants, armymen and policemen[Read More…]

Dismayed And Demeaned In Abu Dhabi

Dismayed And Demeaned In Abu Dhabi

  This story is about a friend’s experience while traveling intercontinentally in the eminent Times of Trump. Let’s call him, for the sake of convenience, Max. And also note that he is a US citizen. But I’m getting ahead of myself here because for clarity I must record two facts that Max had mentioned. (Meanwhile another perilous aspect has been[Read More…]

Condemn The Arrest Of Mine Workers In Sukinda Valley In Odisha

Condemn The Arrest Of Mine Workers In Sukinda Valley In Odisha

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation strongly condemns the arrest of three mine workers Rabi Murmu, Abhimanyu Mohanto and Ramesh Majhi on June 12, 2017 on false and fabricated charges of conspiring to wage a war against the Indian state and inciting violence. We understand this arrest and the imposition of severe charges as an attempt by the ruling BJD and[Read More…]

Human Rights Violations in Kaziranga National Park

Human Rights Violations in Kaziranga National Park

18th June, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses its solidarity with the struggle of the scheduled tribes, forest & park dwellers living near the Kaziranga National park (KNP), in Golaghat district, Assam, challenging the unjust and repressive attitude of the Forest Department of Assam and silence of the Govt. of India in the garb of conservation. We salute the[Read More…]

‘Rude Acts Of Mere Instinct’

‘Rude Acts Of Mere Instinct’

Civil liberties and Democratic Rights organizations have for long argued that using Indian Army to prosecute war against our own people is to fight an ignoble war, because such wars are Dirty Wars under the very definition of Counter Insurgency warfare where our own people are treated as enemies to be suppressed by using military force.  Coordination of Democratic Rights[Read More…]

Service Brat, Identity And Nationalism

Service Brat, Identity And Nationalism

Many recent posts of mine on Facebook – especially those dealing with the vexing issue of our respected Indian Army using a Kashmiri, and by all accounts a genuine citizen out to exercise his franchise, have been met with strange and often strong reactions – virtually telling me that as a daughter and wife of two former Navy Chiefs I[Read More…]

CPDR Condemns Attack On A Scholar Of IIT Madras

CPDR Condemns Attack On A Scholar Of IIT Madras

Last week, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has issued an anti-constitutional gazette notification– Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 –banning cattle slaughter and introduced severe restrictions on the sale of cattle to prevent their killing. The order applicable to the whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, says that[Read More…]

Brutal Attack On IIT Madras Students Protesting Beef Ban 

Brutal Attack On IIT Madras Students Protesting Beef Ban 

This is a brief account of what happened in the IIT Madras campus in the last two days. The central govt’s notification was a matter of serious discussion amongst students. On Sunday a group of students initiated the idea of holding a discussion on the issue, where cooked beef was also distributed. We shared the invite of the festival in[Read More…]

Fortress Europe; The Rise Of Fascism And Racism In The Netherlands

Fortress Europe; The Rise Of Fascism And Racism In The Netherlands

A few days ago I returned from Veldhoven, The Netherlands, where last April 13 in a breathtakingly fascist act of racism the Mayor of this small Dutch town deported over 600 Eritrean youth attending a conference, kicked out of their hotel and forced to leave the city in the middle of the night. I am not talking about Eritrean youth[Read More…]

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Brutal Attack On Students In Banaras

CPDR expresses its deep concern over the brutality with which students’ expressions of dissent are being suppressed across the country. On 27 May, the UP police used brute force against students who were holding a protest at the gate of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) against the violent attacks on the Dalits of Saharanpur. This protest was organised by Bhagat[Read More…]

Human Rights Defender Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested

Human Rights Defender Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested

Human Rights defender Thirumurugan Gandhi has been arrested under the notorious Goonda Act by the Tamil Nadu police, for being part of the Candle Light Vigil that was held in Marina Beach on 21st May, in remembrance of the Genocidal War against Tamils in Sri Lanka which killed at least 150,000 Tamil civilians. There was a police action against the protest[Read More…]

PUDR Condemns Award To Major Gogoi

PUDR Condemns Award To Major Gogoi

PUDR strongly condemns the commendation conferred on Major Leetul Gogoi by none less than the Army Chief for taking Farooq Dar hostage, tying Dar to the front of his jeep allegedly to ward off attacking stone-pelters, and then driving around for several hours to warn people that a similar fate awaited them. The incident where Dar was used as a[Read More…]

British Media Are Siding With Iranian Regime To Undermine Ahwazi Arabs’ Struggle For Freedom

British Media Are Siding With Iranian Regime To Undermine Ahwazi Arabs’ Struggle For Freedom

  Recently we have seen the mainstream media in the UK, supplemented by the film industry, undermine the struggle of an already oppressed people, the Ahwazi Arabs, by making a film about their plight, but wrongly labelling it ‘terrorism’.  There was no coverage of the human rights violations which have been perpetrated upon them by the Iranian regime, nor the[Read More…]

Questionable Legality Of The Surrender Process In Chhatisgarh: The Podiyam Panda ‘Surrender’

Questionable Legality Of The Surrender Process In Chhatisgarh: The Podiyam Panda ‘Surrender’

The Podiyam Panda ‘surrender’ is the first one being challenged before a court. The entire experience shows the questionable legality of the surrender process in Chhatisgarh. In the habeas case filed by his wife, Muiye Panda, Podiyam Panda came and went before the High Court under police guard. What value does such a production have? The Supreme Court has held[Read More…]

Fact Finding Report On Assault of Prof Waghmare Following WhatsApp Post

Fact Finding Report On Assault of Prof Waghmare Following WhatsApp Post

This is a report of an eight-member fact finding team constituted by the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, Mumbai to inquire into the assault on Prof Sunil Waghmare, head of Commerce department of KMC college in Khopoli (district Raigad, Maharashtra). The series of events related to this incident took place between 15th and 17th March, 2017. Following media reports,[Read More…]

Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

In the current context of planned closure of the SSP dam sluice gates (understood as planned for 09 May 2017 by NCA), about 40,000 PAFs (2,00,000 people) in Madhya Pradesh alone, along with their villages and one township, will be drowned. Their forcible evacuation by police action is being planned and is imminent. Such action will bring utter shame on our Republic.

Fact Finding Team’s Report on Ambedkar Nagar Demolition

Fact Finding Team’s Report on Ambedkar Nagar Demolition

This is a report of the five-member fact finding team constituted by Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) to inquire into the demolition of homes and police harassment of residents of Ambedkar Nagar, Colaba between 3rd and 7th May, 2017. The Fact Finding Team members were Shraddha (Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work), Tanmay (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research),[Read More…]

Iran’s Elections: An Empty Charade for Ethnic Minorities

Iran’s Elections: An Empty Charade for Ethnic Minorities

With the Iranian presidential election scheduled to take place on Friday, May 19, the six candidates are competing for every vote, with all vying to win the essential backing of the country’s ethnic minority regions, whose peoples collectively comprise over 50 percent of the Iranian population.   All six candidates – Hassan Rouhani, Ibrahim Raisi, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, IssaqJahangiri, Mustapha Hashmi[Read More…]

Revoke Varsha Dongre’s Suspension: Safeguard Adivasi Rights

Revoke Varsha Dongre’s Suspension: Safeguard Adivasi Rights

Revocation of suspension orders of upright, Dalit woman officer, Ms. Varsha Dongre, Asst. Jail Superintendent, Raipur Central Jail and restoration of peace and good government in the V Schedule adivasis areas of Bastar

As Justice Karnan Fights His Legal Battle, His Safety, Well-being Must Be Ensured

As Justice Karnan Fights His Legal Battle, His Safety, Well-being Must Be Ensured

Ever since the Supreme Court of India passed the order on 9th May, 2017 of arrest of Justice C.S. Karnan, a judge of the Calcutta High Court, he has been rendered untraceable. Since the Supreme Court order had put press censorship of sorts,rumours are afloat about Justice Karnan’s whereabouts. A disinformation campaign has been launched in the mainstream media to[Read More…]

Midnight Raids And Fabricated Surrenders of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists

Midnight Raids And Fabricated Surrenders of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists

CDRO expresses deep concern about the intensifying repression on the Dongria Kondhos of Niyamgiri mountains whose sustained resistance against bauxite mining is a fight for their survival and livelihood. CDRO condemns the midnight raid of the CRPF on the night of May 1, 2017 and the illegal and arbitrary manner in which 20-year old Kuni Sikaka was forcibly taken to[Read More…]

Reducing Spaces of Critical Voices And Clampdown on Human Rights Organisations

Reducing Spaces of Critical Voices And Clampdown on Human Rights Organisations

In recent times, the suppression, attempts of arm twisting and cancellation of FCRA of NGOs have been a subject of debate among various circles in India. Most of these NGOs have been either organisations belonging to minority communities or organisations critical of the Government’s policies on development or those involved with human rights issues. The recent clampdown on the human[Read More…]

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

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

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

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

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

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

WSS Condemns Threats By Bajrang Dal On WSS Activist In Assam

WSS Condemns Threats By Bajrang Dal On WSS Activist In Assam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confronting European Racism

Confronting European Racism

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

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

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

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

African Students In India Demand Protection

African Students In India Demand Protection

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

Prejudices Against Africans In India

Prejudices Against Africans In India

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

Irom Sharmila Gets Warm Welcome In Kerala

Irom Sharmila Gets Warm Welcome In Kerala

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

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

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

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

Acts of Abomination: A Familiar Sound

Acts of Abomination: A Familiar Sound

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

The Irony Of The Gadchiroli Court Verdict

The Irony Of The Gadchiroli Court Verdict

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

Irom Sharmila,  90 Votes, AFSPA And Democracy

Irom Sharmila,  90 Votes, AFSPA And Democracy

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