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Lockdown: Caning by police raises people’s hackles

-The Hindu Three complaints filed with Human Rights commission against police Bengaluru: Police across the State on Monday began enforcing a strict lockdown, often resorting to caning motorists and people on the streets. Such instances were reported from across the State. In many instances, the policemen allegedly caned everyone in sight indiscriminately, even those out on medical emergencies and other permitted activities, raising hackles. At least three complaints — by two lawyers and...

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SC directs States to apprise it of migrant children, their condition

-PTI/ The Hindu SC Bench also asked all the states impleaded as parties in the case to file replies in the matter. The Supreme Court Tuesday directed all states to inform it about the number of migrant children and their condition on a plea seeking directions for the protection of their fundamental rights amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V...

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Curbs on Indian media continue: U.S. rights report -Sriram Lakshman

-The Hindu Notes several instances of govt pressure on media outlets Washington DC: In its 2020 Human Rights Report, the U.S. State Department said the harassment and detention of journalists critical of the (Indian) government in their reporting and on social media, has continued, although the government generally respected the freedom of expression. It also said government’s requests for user data from Internet companies had increased “dramatically.” The report, which is submitted each...

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India abstains in UN Human Rights Council vote on Sri Lanka -Meera Srinivasan

-The Hindu The resolution on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ was however adopted after 22 member states of the 47-member Council voted in its favour.   India on Tuesday abstained from a crucial vote on Sri Lanka’s rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The resolution on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ was, however, adopted after 22 states of the 47-member...

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How Rajasthan can make its Right to Health promise work -K Sujatha Rao

-The Indian Express The state must prioritise removing malnutrition, give uncompromising priority to improving primary health infrastructure In 1947, post-colonial India set off with the ambition of building a modern state on the principles of equality where citizens, by virtue of their birth in the country, would be entitled to a life of dignity. While the Constitution provided the rights to life, liberty, nutritional standards and maternity care, it did not explicitly...

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