Human Rights Weekly Round-up| June| Week 4| 2019

After a six-week-long summer vacation, the Supreme Court of India reopens to hear many important and sensitive cases including Congress President Rahul Gandhi contempt case, Ayodhya Babri Masjid land dispute, and Rafale review petitions among others. Click to Read - Times Now Europe's top Human Rights organization, The Council of Europe in Strasbourg, decides to … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| June| Week 4| 2019

India Hit With Largescale Doctors’ Strikes: Healthcare in Shambles and Its Implications

The rising violence against the fraternity of doctors all across the country has been the center of all discussions for the past week. The inception of this uproar took place last Sunday at Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, where scores of hooligans came in and assaulted the junior doctors over the … Continue reading India Hit With Largescale Doctors’ Strikes: Healthcare in Shambles and Its Implications

Dard-ae-Kashaf: Story of a Rohingya Child

The place she called Home Kashaf did not have the means to watch FRIENDS, and the few friends she had in the make-shift school in the Rakhine Province of Myanmar were also dwindling. Little did she know that her ancestors were disowned by the Myanmar Government way back in 1982.[1] Her Ammi (mother) told her … Continue reading Dard-ae-Kashaf: Story of a Rohingya Child

Human Rights Weekly Round up| Jan| Week 4| 2019

Prominent Chinese Human Rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment for ‘subversion of state power’. Click to Read - The Guardian Post Three stellar Humanitarians, David Kritsun of Israel, Nfamara Jawneh of Gambia and Issa Sufyan Hussein of Iraq felicitated at the United Nations ‘15th Annual International Human Rights Summit’. … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round up| Jan| Week 4| 2019

Snooping Order by MHA- Is India going towards Authoritarian Surveillance Regime?

We all have heard about infamous ‘Investigatory Powers Bill’ also referred to as “Snoopers Charter” which was passed by both Houses of British Parliament in 2016. India which will overtake its colonial power in terms of GDP in 2019 is all set to follow their lead with respect to surveillance norms. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on 20th December 2018, by way of notification, has authorized ten central agencies and bodies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer”.

Human Right Weekly Round-up Dec| Week 3 | 2018

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana jointly report for maximum cases of Human Rights violation since their bifurcation, per the report of NHRC. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/almost-4k-cases-of-rights-violation-recorded-since-14/articleshow/67016472.cms 7 civilians, 3 militants and 1 soldier died in J&K as security forces engaged in an encounter in Pulwama. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pulwama-3-terrorists-army-jawan-and-7-civilians-killed-in-encounter-protests/videoshow/67104783.cms Bangladesh Security forces alleged to be arresting and intimidating opposition figures and threatening … Continue reading Human Right Weekly Round-up Dec| Week 3 | 2018

Constitutional inheritance of Feminism

Feminism is the belief in and support of the social, economic, political and educational equality of all genders. Feminists concern themselves not only with specific issues of violence against women but also, with the broader issues of education, reproductive rights, health, childcare, economic opportunities and pay equity and, the intersecting issues of gender, race, gender … Continue reading Constitutional inheritance of Feminism

A case for use of pellet guns in J&K

A 22 year old sepoy, Rajendra Singh, succumbed to his injuries after a mob of violent protestors pelted stones on a military convoy in South Kashmir’s Anantnag. This was one of the several instances wherein military personnel are losing their lives and unfortunately we see no flag bearers of the soldiers’ right to life and … Continue reading A case for use of pellet guns in J&K

Time to revisit anti-defection Laws: Party’s Dominance v. Legislators Conscience

Article 21(3) of UDHR mandates that, ‘[T]he will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government’. Thus, a government which rules without the will of the people by misusing Constitutional offices can be argued to violate the basic human rights of the citizen. The most effective tool of political parties of … Continue reading Time to revisit anti-defection Laws: Party’s Dominance v. Legislators Conscience

Right to Conscientious Objection to Military Service

I refuse to pick up a rifle. I renounce all forms of violence- Jehovah’s Witness.

“the obligation to use lethal force might seriously conflict with the freedom of conscience and the right to manifest one’s religion or belief.”
In Jong-nam Kim et al. v. Republic of Korea, the Committee held that the right to conscientious objection to military service is inbuilt in right to freedom of conscience and belief and religion, sanctions exemption from obligatory military service to any individual if the same cannot be settled with his beliefs or religion.

Venezuela – A Nation in Distress

Background You might have heard of Venezuela whenever there is a talk about oil and the fluctuation in its prices or, if you’re not familiar with that, you would’ve surely come across various posts on social media talking about how the country’s currency value is lesser than that of the widely popular World of Warcraft … Continue reading Venezuela – A Nation in Distress

Human rights situation of Musahar community in Bihar

Who are Musahar? Musahar, known for hunting and eating rats, are one of those communities who, by virtue of atrocities of caste based discrimination and untouchability, are most backward in social, economic, educational, political and religious fields and are deprived of human dignity and social justice. Musahar constitute 2.2 million populations and are the third … Continue reading Human rights situation of Musahar community in Bihar

Human Rights Weekly Round-up| September| Week 2 | 2019

The UN Human Rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, cites the civil wars sparked by a warming planet and the plight of indigenous people in an Amazon ravaged by wildfires and rampant deforestation in order to establish that climate change is not only having a devastating impact on the environments we live in, but also on respect … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| September| Week 2 | 2019

Why India is not and why it should be a part of the I.C.C

  Historically, India has endeavored to muster international solidarity to codify IHL and was naturally expected to vote for the accession of the Rome Statute but the Indian delegation pointed out some procedural and statutory flaws in the Statute because of which it abstained from voting and has consequently been an observer in subsequent meetings … Continue reading Why India is not and why it should be a part of the I.C.C

Dynamics of Democracy and Espionage

Democracies today are facing a new challenge: balancing the act of spycraft with the rights of privacy and freedom of speech and expression. Today, the United States is a massive world power because revelations about mass intelligence gathering by the US and its allies serve the useful purpose of advancing the national interest of the … Continue reading Dynamics of Democracy and Espionage

Human Rights Weekly Round-up| August | Week 2| 2019

A week after the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 was notified giving the Central Government power to designate an individual as "terrorist", a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court praying that it be declared unconstitutional. Click to Read – Live Law New Home Office data reveals that a mere 1.5 percent … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| August | Week 2| 2019

Kashmir: About Promises Unkept

However, unfortunately, the abrogation of Article 370 has illegitimised all the rights of the Indian dominion over its one of the most prized possessions, the dawn of 5th August’19 has witnessed the dilapidation of a father figure to an assailant as the inherent constitutional morality of the Indian sovereignty has become subservient to the subjective morality of its Statesmen.  

Human Rights Weekly Round-up| July| Week 4 | 2019

Despite Human Rights outcry, Bahrain executes three people convicted in two separate cases, one a case of “terrorism” and killing a police officer, and the second related to the killing of a mosque imam. Click to Read – The Guardian Romania’s Constitutional Court strikes down changes to the criminal code made by the ruling Social … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| July| Week 4 | 2019

Human Rights Weekly Round-up| July | Week 3 | 2019|

Kosovo’s Prime Minister resigns after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the 1998-99 war. Click to Read – The Guardian Cameroonian security forces alleged to have killed at least four civilians and raped one woman since mid-June 2019 during security operations in the North-West region.  Click … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| July | Week 3 | 2019|

Human Rights Weekly Round-up| June | Week 3| 2019

With more than 100 children dying in Muzaffarpur due to encephalitis, this district in Bihar is a nightmare for children and fares poorer than most African countries when it comes to mother-child nutrition. Click to Read – India Today Commemorating 20 years of the Kargil War, the Indian Air Force turns the Gwalior airbase virtually into a … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| June | Week 3| 2019