Human Rights Weekly Round-up | August | Week 1 | 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

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

How the Hong Kong Security Law Infringes Upon Fundamental Human Rights

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

Human Rights Weekly Round-up | July | Week 2| 2020

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

Democracy Encountered!

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!

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?