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

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.