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Amnesty lens on abusive tweets against 100 women LS candidates -Priscilla Jebaraj

New Delhi: Launching a crowd-sourced study on the abuse that Indian women politicians face on Twitter, Amnesty India says online trolling aimed at threatening and silencing them must be considered a Human Rights Violation. “It’s so easy for men to dismiss it as just ‘trolling’, but we are talking about rape threats, death threats, stalking…words which can lead to deep physical and emotional harm. These are threats of

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Act, which declared the RTI to have an “overriding effect” over OSA. Then Section 24, which mandates even security and intelligence organisations to disclose information on corruption and Human Rights Violations. Finally, Section 8(2), which compels the government to disclose information “if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to protected interests”. Mr. Venugopal defended that defence purchases dealt with the

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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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NHRC turns 25 -- and that's pretty much all it has achieved -Apurva Vishwanath

oothless tiger”. But on its 25th year anniversary, NHRC highlighted its long list of achievements — disposal of more than 17 lakh cases, payment of more than Rs 1 billion to victims of Human Rights Violations, carrying out over 750 spot enquiries of Human Rights Violations, apart from conducting over 200 conferences to spread awareness of human rights across the country. As part of the ann

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David Barkin, Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City, interviewed by Kabir Agarwal (

me he will also do a very important job in terms of improving the treatment of migrants from other countries who have come to Mexico. KA: Do you think he will be able to take a firm stand against Human Rights Violations at the borders? DB: Yes, I think that will be  high priority. KA: Moving to Economics and to India, we have heard, in the recent past, a lot of political rhetoric around development. How would you describe what developm

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Muzzling information -Anjali Bhardwaj & Amrita Johri

er. The RTI Act has been used extensively by citizens to question the highest offices in the country — from the educational qualifications of the Prime Minister and assets of public servants to Human Rights Violations and false claims made by government functionaries — and seek answers from them. It is not surprising, therefore, that the RTI law has frequently faced a backlash from powerful vested interests. The latest attack on the leg

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India rejects UN report

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The UN report that has sought an independent international investigation into allegations of Human Rights Violations in Kashmir is the first-ever by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the state. It is titled "Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018, and General Human Rights Concerns i

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UN Experts Criticise 'Excessive' Use of Force by Police at Anti-Sterlite Protest

d environmental concerns”, UN experts have called upon the Indian authorities “to carry out an independent and transparent investigation, without delay, and to ensure that perpetrators of Human Rights Violations be held accountable.” “The government should uphold the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, as they are the cornerstone of democratic societies and a critical tool to identify and protect against business-r

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RTI lock off travel details

departure from the Bureau of Immigration, a unit of the Intelligence Bureau, which is exempted from making any disclosures under the transparency law barring allegations pertaining to corruption and Human Rights Violations. "I request your good say to direct and order the BOI to provide my arrival and departure details on my passport. I am only asking for my own particulars in my passport, which aren't readable," he pleaded before the co

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Gujarat recorded 55 custodial deaths in 2017; Ahmedabad topped list with 15 -Ashish Chauhan

n jail; and death in police custody means that the victim was still in the lockup. In another revelation, the RTI reply from the SHRC said that Ahmedabad city also registered the highest number of Human Rights Violation cases in 2017 — 783, of which 766 were disposed of by the commission. As many as 17 pleas concerning alleged Human Rights Violation are still pending with the SHRC. Parmar said t

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