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Actionable programme for 2019 polls amidst lynch mobs, caste violence, hate mongering

a civil rights network, has released a document prepared under the chairmanship of Justice AP Shah (retired) -- and backed, among others, by Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan, bureaucrat-turned-Human Rights activist Harsh Mander, economist Prabhat Patnaik, Right to transparency activist Anjali Bhardwaj and social scientist Yogendra Yadav  (click HERE for full list) -- with the "aim" of putting forth policy and legislative reforms

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

fying, healthy, creative, well remunerated and socially useful. By that yardstick, most people in India are unemployed, or perhaps misemployed, and employment guarantee is still a distant dream. * Human Rights activists who have spent their lifetime for the upliftment of the downtrodden and the oppressed are today being described by the government as threats to the nation. How do you see this tag of “Urban Naxalites”? Accusing people

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A tragedy that was long in the making -Patricia Mukhim

dent in the letter written to the National Disaster Response Force. It was only after a Delhi-based lawyer, Aditya N. Prasad, represented by senior Supreme Court advocate Anand Grover and his team of Human Rights lawyers presented their suggestions to the court that the Meghalaya government got different actors to the accident site. Mr. Prasad has never visited Meghalaya. When asked why he is the petitioner on behalf of the miners, he simply said: &ld

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

se corruption and the arbitrary use of power. This is one of the most difficult situations, where every day can be a nightmare. These “whistle-blowers” need to be empowered and protected. Human Rights, civil rights and RTI exposes are also instances where people stick their necks out to oppose injustice and corruption. Often, the corrupt power elite ensure that they are persecuted and sometimes eliminated. The whistle-blowers law is needed

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Stand by those jailed for activism: Amartya Sen

or Amartya Sen told reporters here on Monday. “There is growing intolerance compared to the past. Many activists are now jailed as Maoist sympathisers…it is extraordinary violation of Human Rights. Even Naseeruddin Shah is targeted. “We should stand by those who are targeted and ostracised. Or, we not only lose the quality of sympathy but also our analytical ability to distinguish between what is important and what is not,&rdq

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Anchored in Human Rights -Allan Maleche, Blessina Kumar & John Stephens

and disturbing arsenal of surveillance technologies has caught the attention of international and domestic policy makers and threatens to detract from an effective response to TB that is anchored in Human Rights and has a human touch. For example, a plan in India is to implant microchips in people in order to track them and ensure they complete TB treatment. There are also seemingly endless technological tweaks to the Directly Observed Treatment, sho

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Even police officials are not safe, says NHRC

-The Hindu Issues notice to U.P. govt., seeks report within four weeks Describing the Bulandshahr incident as yet another instance of lawlessness, the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the police over the death of two people, including Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, at the hands of a mob on Monday. The NHRC said it had taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about the killings f

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Bring CBI, NIA & IB within RTI ambit, says info panel chief -Rumu Banerjee

Act helps bring in accountability in government departments. Currently, 20-odd investigative agencies are outside the ambit of the RTI Act, subject to exceptions like allegations of corruption and Human Rights violations. It includes agencies like IB, RAW, DRI, para-military forces like BSF and CRPF as well as Assam Rifles, CBI, NIA, NSG and others. These are part of a list of exempt agencies in the Second Schedule of Section 24 of the RTI Act.

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Our New Hate-Crime Database: 76% Of Victims Over 10 Years Minorities; 90% Attacks Reported Since 2014 -Alison Saldanha & Karthik Madhavapeddi

airperson of the 20th Law Commission of India and former chief justice of the Delhi High Court; Chaman Lal, Padma Shri, former director general of police and former special rapporteur of the National Human Rights Commission; Maja Daruwala, senior advisor to the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; and Mrinal Satish, professor at the National Law University, Delhi, and executive director of the university&r

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Privatisation Harms Poor and Needy, Says UN Poverty Expert -Subodh Varma

urged a rethink by governments as also multilateral bodies, like IMF and World Bank, and even parts of UN. Widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating Human Rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty, according to a hard-hitting new report. The report was transmitted to the UN General Assembly on 19 October. Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and More »

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