The Apocalyptic Saga of the Kangaroo Island

As bushfires rage through the Australian continent, desertifying many metric hectares of land mass, killing humans and millions of wild animals, destroying properties worth millions of dollars, a dawn of impending climate change risk is upon us. Climate change risks have never looked so tangible and direct, be it the massive fires in the Amazon … Continue reading The Apocalyptic Saga of the Kangaroo Island

Abrogation of Article 370 and the Dissent it Kindled

In the past one month, we saw massive protests engulfing the entire country against the Citizenship Amendment Act passed by the Parliament. Consequently, there were internet shutdowns all across the country to quell these protests. India became the country with the most internet shutdowns in the world because of this and came to be called … Continue reading Abrogation of Article 370 and the Dissent it Kindled

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

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

The Jammu and Kashmir government orders winding up of the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), State Information Commission (SIC) and State Commission for Protection of Women & Child Rights (SCPWCR) with effect from October 31 this year so that new commissions can be set up in the state. Click to Read – Times of … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | October | Week 4 | 2019

Human Rights Weekly Round-up | October| Week 1 | 2019

World’s first facial recognition court case in South Wales warns police against privacy violations saying that “The algorithms of the law must keep pace with new and emerging technologies.” Click to Read – Independent UK Per the report of the United Nations, prisoners who have attempted to escape from North Korean jails have been publicly executed while other … Continue reading Human Rights Weekly Round-up | October| Week 1 | 2019

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

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