Human Rights Watch released the 100-page Cluster Munition Monitor 2020 report, stating that countries still using and producing cluster munitions should reject these indiscriminate weapons and join the international treaty banning them. Click to Read - Human Rights Watch 120 UN member states voted in favor of a resolution in the Third Committee of the … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | November | Week 4 | 2020
Per a recent report by Amnesty International - “Not a Private Matter”, on the hidden but escalating problem of domestic and sexual violence against women in eastern Ukraine, survivors of domestic violence in eastern Ukraine are not able to seek protection for violence against them due to the government’s ineffective response. Click to Read - … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round up – November – Week 2 – 2020
Vienna Terror Attack: The shooting began at 20:00 (19:00 GMT) on 2 November, when a heavily armed man opened fire on people in Vienna's popular nightlife area known as the Bermuda Triangle. The gunman was later identified as a 20-year-old “Islamist terrorist” who was released early from jail in December. Click to Read: BBC Poland Abortion … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | November Week 1 | 2020
A Delhi court sent former JNU student leader Umar Khalid, arrested under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), to police custody for ten days in a case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February. Click to Read - The Wire The Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) passed two contentious farm … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round -up | September | Week 3 | 2020
Re-education camps also known as Orwell’s brainwashing centres Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) or East Turkistan, in the north-western part of China now enjoys harmony in the constant watch of Big Brother. On a deeper look, the region has established buildings known as De-extensification or Re-education camps for the purpose of controlling three evil forces that are Islamic extremism, Ethnic Separatism, … Continue reading UYGHURS’ GENOCIDE: MADE IN CHINA
The COVID-19 crisis will dramatically increase the poverty rate for women and widen the gap between men and women who live in poverty, according to new data released by UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Click to Read - UN Women News Bosniak citizens of Montenegro say fear and anxiety pervades their … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | September | Week 2 | 2020
The Supreme Court of India declared that a daughter’s right in coparcenary property – the ancestral property of a Hindu undivided family – is equal to a son’s, and that these rights can be claimed by the daughter even if her father had died before September 9, 2005, which is the date an amendment to … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Update | August | Week 3| 2020
On 12th June 2020, The MoEFCC published the Draft EIA Notification, 2020, and sought feedback on the same from the general public within 60 days. We are happy to share with you all the Comments drafted by Contego Humanitas Foundation. Some of our primary comments flagged the dilution of the EIA notification, 2006, and substantial … Continue reading Comments on Draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2020
1. Indian Government policy think tank NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) has released a draft document titled ‘Responsible AI for All’ for stakeholder discussion. The draft paper which was prepared for expert consultation on July 21 has invited stakeholder comments till August 10. Click to Read - NITI Aayog 2. Tens of thousands … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | August | Week 1 | 2020
1. The Delhi police imposed UAPA and blocked the website of a youth climate movement - Fridays for Future India (FFI), and described the contents of the website as “objectionable” and depicting an “unlawful or terrorist act”, after receiving a complaint by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar about multiple emails from the organization with the … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | July | Week 4| 2020
The Hong Kong security law (or the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) that came into effect late on 30th June 2020 spells disaster for the pro-democratic city. As one of the five autonomous regions in China, the ‘one country, two systems’ policy has shielded Hong Kong from the excesses of the … Continue reading How the Hong Kong Security Law Infringes Upon Fundamental Human Rights
1. Notorious Gangster Vikas Dubey who had been arrested for killing eight police officers in Kanpur, India, was killed in an encounter by the Uttar Pradesh Police wherein a vehicle in the convoy that was taking him from Ujjain to Kanpur overturned and Dubey snatched a pistol and fired at the police but the police … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | July | Week 2| 2020
While the courts will adjudicate on the legality of Vikas Dubey’s ‘encounter’, on 10th July 2020 millions of Indians have determinedly aimed to ‘encounter’ the ‘Rule of Law’. This article, without contesting the facts of the case, simply shows a mirror to the reaction of the Indian citizenry towards this encounter. It throws light on … Continue reading Democracy Encountered!
1. India has blocked 59 apps with Chinese links that included the hugely popular TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser, amid a huge economic backlash against China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action. Click to Read - NDTV 2. State authorities in Assam, have had an uphill … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Roundup| July | Week 1| 2020
Although India was ill-prepared to face the health and economic hazards brought in by Covid-19; it was rather oblivious to the possibility of discrimination and social intolerance emerging as an accessory to such hazards. Covid-19 has given birth to a new way of racial polarization by way of ‘hate speech’ against the north eastern community … Continue reading Racial Discrimination Amidst COVID19: Double Whammy for the North-Eastern Community
Outrage is mounting in India over alleged torture and deaths of P Jeyaraj, 58, and his son Fenix, 38, who were arrested for allegedly keeping their stores open past permitted hours and were kept in police custody an entire night and died within hours of release; two days later owing to custodial violence. Click to … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up| June | Week 4| 2020
On 5th June, 2020 the Philippines Government passed the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which now awaits President Duterte’s assent, after which it will effectively repeal the current Human Security Act, 2007. The military thought that the current legislation was not effective enough to counter modern terrorism which includes online recruitment of terrorists and digital planning of terrorist … Continue reading Philippines Anti-Terrorism Bill and the threat to human rights
I. Introduction With the advent of 2020, the world has been pushed into a vacuity by an uninvited guest – the coronavirus. All major world economies, including India, are at a standstill due to imposition of strict lockdowns, in turn bogging down the entire global economy. Perplexingly, Kashmir was recently stuck in a three-tier … Continue reading Internet Shutdown in Kashmir: A Habitual Way of “Efficient” Governance?
Introduction The spread of COVID 19 virus has caused an abrupt halt in the lives of people around the world. Due to the imposition of lockdown in various countries, the rights and civil liberties of individuals have been restrained. While poor people are finding it difficult to sustain through these testing times, there still remains … Continue reading Staying Home is Not Always Safe: Rise in Domestic Violence Amidst Lockdown
The Immigrants Plight Amidst Coronavirus Imagine your life as an immigrant stuck at the US border, who fell prey to coronavirus border expulsions, where your destination is not of your choosing but merely where you could get to or where you were put. The rising xenophobia within the global leader of democracy has been shockingly … Continue reading United State’s New Deportation Policy: An Inhumane Law?
The Election Commission of India sought public comments on the Recomendation of Working Groups on Electoral Management. Glad to share with you’ll the comments drafted by Contego Humanitas Foundation. Many thanks to Harsh Bajpai who lead this research. We invite your views and comments on the same. Together, let’s make #DeshKaMahaTyohaar more inclusive. You can … Continue reading Comments on the Recommendation of Working Groups on Electoral Management
On May 26th 2020, Costa Rica became the sixth country in Latin America to legalise same sex marriage. The fight to achieve this was not an easy one! The Catholic Church in the U.S.A. played a big role in catalysing the delay of legalising same sex marriage in Costa Rica. While on one hand, the … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage: Where Are We?
As the COVID-19 pandemic flares fast and far, affecting millions of jobs and businesses, already leaving the informal and migrant workers in dire straits (unpaid, away from homes and many dead), India’s formally employed labour force stands next in the queue. This article shall delve into the state of labourers in India, the nature of … Continue reading “Reforms” for whom? – The myopic labour law reforms in Uttar Pradesh
While we are comfortable talking about women rights and dalit rights but our community is still not very open to talk about Transgender rights. The transgender community India is one of the most marginalised be it socially, economically or politically. The Transgender (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 is though a good first step, the quest … Continue reading Comments on the Draft Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020
Hungary declares indefinite state of emergency Europe is at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with 65% of the world’s death attributable to the virus coming form this continent. Many European countries have declared a state of emergency, but there seems to be only one country that has attracted public condemnation and apprehension from the European … Continue reading COVID-19 and Hungary’s indefinite state of emergency: lockdown of democracy or a step towards dictatorship?
We are elated to share that we have crossed the One Lakh Rupees mark, which is a good step towards our goal of 3 Lakh to help the Refugees in Delhi. We have successfully completed three rounds of distribution of the food ration kits and other essential supplies like sanitary napkins and milk powder (for … Continue reading Update On Humanitarian Aid Provided To Rohingya Refugees & Indian Migrants In Delhi
The recent human flood of migrant workers flocking towards their villages was a worrisome situation for the central and the state governments. With no jobs, homes, savings, social security or ability to earn daily wages in cities, the village offered the only chance of survival. The situation not only exposed the ambiguous planning and shoddy … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS & THE MIGRANTS: A RUN FOR LIFE!
Credits: Naked Security sophos Impact of COVID-19 and Government Response COVID-19, a novel form of coronavirus, has already been declared as a pandemic and compared with World War II and the 2008 financial crisis. The impact of COVID-19 has been so huge that the Royal Observatory of Belgium has observed that Earth has seen a … Continue reading COVID-19: The 9/11 for Privacy
The ground reality in India The outbreak of COVID19 has caused acute adversity and distress world over. However, the afflictions and misery of the underprivileged sections of the society in general and refugees, in particular, remain unprecedented. Per the report of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (hereinafter UNHCR), India hosts more than 3,00,000 refugees … Continue reading Humanitarian Aid for Refugees & Migrants in Delhi
The COVID-19 pandemic in India has led to widespread misery and a situation of panic and distress. The times are extremely challenging especially for the daily wage workers who not only fear death due to the virus but also because of hunger owing to the 21-day lockdown. However, in these trying times, several civil society … Continue reading Fighting Corona Virus #Together
At the dawn of a new day, humanity wakes up, stretching its limbs and rubbing the awful nightmare off its eyes. Plague, war, famine had tortured millions over the millennium, remnants of the history still torturing countless souls. However, over the years, with the advancement of technology and medical sciences as well as the combined … Continue reading PANDEMIC OF THE NEW AGE : COVID 19
The Corona-virus has not just threatened human life but also hit the International Political Economy like a wrecking ball. The human response to this pandemic has lead to a particularly peculiar impact on climate. Suddenly swans are calling, flowers are blooming, and dolphins are jumping. Reports from across the world sing of decreasing air and … Continue reading Corona Virus: A Silver Lining
Imagine a dark and alluding room with a girl screaming behind the curtains. You know you are next in line and whatever is happening to her is going to happen to you. Adrenaline coursing through your veins, you can feel the bumps rising in fear. Her screams get louder by the second and you have … Continue reading A Warrior’s Mark: The Evils of Female Genital Mutilation
Status quo always seems to be a comfortable place to be. All change causes some discomfort which is why societies are reluctant to change, however we must understand that our comfort in status quo is illusory. We are so used to the violence and discomfort that is being caused by the status quo that we … Continue reading The Shit Has Always been Real
The ancient Hindu practice of Chhaupadi is an apt example of a religious belief having an edge over the law. This deeply rooted belief states that menstrual blood is impure. The practice is one of the forms of seclusion of women from society and is localized mostly in the far-western part of Nepal. The Supreme … Continue reading Tradition Defies the Law
The Hong Kong High Court has recently ruled the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation (PFCR), the so-called ‘mask ban’, unconstitutional. The ban, which was enacted by the Chief Executive in Council, aims to suppress months-long protests sparked by the Extradition Bill that allows the Hong Kong Government to extradite suspects at the request of Beijing. … Continue reading A Right to Mask?
In November 2019, a court in the Botataung Township in Myanmar handed convictions against six members of a satirical Thangyat troupe. Six members of a troupe named Peacock Generation Thangyat were sentenced to a year in prison for allegedly mocking Myanmar’s armed forces through their live-streamed performance. Thangyat is one of the oldest forms of … Continue reading Freedom of Expression in Myanmar: Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law
“We the People of India give to ourselves this Constitution” Constitutionalism entails putting limitations on the organs of the state. It avoids the threat of an authoritarian regime by determining who can rule, how, and for what purposes. With the resignation of Devendra Fadnavis, the people, the Constitution has triumphed. There could be no better … Continue reading Constitutional Frauds
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
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
A natural calamity is fearsome for any country and the one, that has been the worst to have hit India since the 2013 Cyclone Phailin really shook the state of Odisha to its core. The name of the Cyclone 'Fani', pronounced as 'Foni' was suggested by Bangladesh, meaning ‘snake’ or ‘hood of snakes.’ The category … Continue reading Cyclone Fani – Life Far from Normal in Odisha
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. Her Ammi (mother) told her … Continue reading Dard-ae-Kashaf: Story of a Rohingya Child
What can really students do when the Universities fall like Lucifer fell? When the very University who taught them of Right to Freedom of Speech and Privacy decides to trample upon it?
If there is a evil let's face it and make it a little less diabolic or if the will of "We the people of India" be to skill the sex-workers differently and provide them other opportunities and criminalize prostitution, then so be it! What is more important is that we act and not leave the issue in limbo and let the sex-workers feel the wrath of it.
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
Can a law criminalise an act after conceding that it does not result in a crime? It is the duty of the Parliamentarians to solve problems and not to create them.
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”.
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
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 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
Amnesty International has accused Delhi Police of committing serious rights violations during the Delhi riots and even “indulging in violence with rioters”. It has called on the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to initiate “a prompt, thorough, independent investigation” into all such allegations against law enforcement officials. Click to Read - The Wire The Orissa … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly News Roundup | August | Week 4 | 2020
1. The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, an Air India Express plane with 190 people on board, which was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport, in the southern state of Kerala, India, killing at least 18 people. Click … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round – up | August | Week 2 | 2020