Human Rights Weekly Roundup| July | Week 1| 2020

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

Racial Discrimination Amidst COVID19: Double Whammy for the North-Eastern Community

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

Human Rights Weekly Round-up| June | Week 4| 2020

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

Philippines Anti-Terrorism Bill and the threat to human rights

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

Internet Shutdown in Kashmir: A Habitual Way of “Efficient” Governance?

  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?

Staying Home is Not Always Safe: Rise in Domestic Violence Amidst Lockdown

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

United State’s New Deportation Policy: An Inhumane Law?

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?

Comments on the Recommendation of Working Groups on Electoral Management

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

“Reforms” for whom? – The myopic labour law reforms in Uttar Pradesh

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

Comments on the Draft Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020

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

COVID-19 and Hungary’s indefinite state of emergency: lockdown of democracy or a step towards dictatorship?

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?

Update On Humanitarian Aid Provided To Rohingya Refugees & Indian Migrants In Delhi

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

CORONAVIRUS & THE MIGRANTS: A RUN FOR LIFE!

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!

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COVID-19: The 9/11 for Privacy 

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 

Humanitarian Aid for Refugees & Migrants in Delhi

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

Fighting Corona Virus #Together

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

PANDEMIC OF THE NEW AGE : COVID 19

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

Corona Virus: A Silver Lining

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

A Warrior’s Mark: The Evils of Female Genital Mutilation

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

A Right to Mask?

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?

Freedom of Expression in Myanmar: Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law

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

Constitutional Frauds

“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

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