Senior environmentalist Leo Saldanha on behalf of the Coalition for Environmental Justice in India has prepared a draft note seeking comprehensive investigation into the murder of Ajit Naik and forces behind the cycle of violence. It has invited endorsements* from rights activists, and is proposed to be to be sent to the Chief Minister of Karnataka … More Ajit Naik’s murder: Urgent need to investigate forces behind cycle of violence in Karnataka
By Henri Tiphagne and Nityanand Jayaraman* Citing evidence pointing to violation of Standard Operating Procedures, a total breakdown of civilian authority and possible malafide intent and murder, a 23-member team of retired judges, senior bureaucrats and police officers, and social activists have called for a full administrative and criminal investigations into the 22 May 2018 … More Evidence suggests malafide intent and murder: Inquest Report into Thoothukudi Police Violence
Amnesty International statement on launching of its new interactive website Halt the Hate: In the first six months of 2018, 100 hate crimes have allegedly been committed against people from marginalized groups, said Amnesty International India, referring to the data recorded on its interactive website, Halt the Hate. The term ‘hate crime’ is applied to … More Website documenting hate crimes against Dalits, Adivasis, members of minority groups
By Syed Mujtaba Hussian* The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCHR) has issued its “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir.” It is a significant step towards greater international recognition of the serious abuses committed against Kashmiris at the hands of the state. The report mentions specific incidents, where the very principles … More Kashmir conflict has robbed millions of their basic human rights, inflicting untold suffering
Joint statement by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on recent arrests of human rights activists in India: Indian authorities should cease arrests of Dalit rights activists for their work, Amnesty International India and Human Rights Watch said. The recent arrest and detention of five Dalit and Adivasi rights activists for alleged terrorism-related offenses appear to … More Activists working on Dalit and Adivasi rights have once again been arrested with little evidence
Report of inquiry into the death of Savitri Devi in Giridih, Jharkhand, by the Right to Food Campaign (Jharkhand): Sixty-year-old Savitri Devi of Margadhi village in Chainpur Gram Panchayat of Dumri block of Giridih district died on 2 June 2018. As per media reports, she died of starvation. Members of Right to Food Campaign Jharkhand … More No food was cooked in Savitri Devi’s house for three days preceding her starvation death
A note on Aman ki Pahel and National Alliance of People’s Movements activists’ visit to the family of Junaid, who was lynched in train near Faridabad, Haryana, a year ago: On 18th June, the first death anniversary of Hafiz Junaid, the members of “Aman ki Pahel” and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) met the family … More The soil of the grave of Junaid, lynched a year ago in a moving train near Faridabad, is still wet!