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Mar 2, 2017:
India is using travel ban as weapon against human rights activists (GEO TV):
Amjad Bashir, Member of Parliament from Yorkshire, and an outspoken critic of Indian atrocities in Kashmir, gave a scathing criticism of the country for refusing him a visa.
Addressing the EU Parliament's Sub-Committee on Human Rights, Bashir criticised the Indian government's refusal to grant him visa as a nominated member of the delegation that recently visited the country. The delegation was visiting India as preparation for the EU-India summit on Free Trade Agreement scheduled in September this year.
Distinguished and influential human rights activist, Gerard Oonk, who has been campaigning against child labour in India for years was barred from the country despite having strong connections with and cooperation from Indian labour unions. Oonk had successfully advocated for the protection of child rights and the end of child labour. He also influenced legislation on child labour in Netherlands and to prevent business with firms who exploit children in manufacturing sector....
Mar 2, 2017:
Comparative analysis of foreign contribution regulatory mechanisms in India, its neighbours (Counterview):
The recent developments in the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) regime and strengthening of restrictions and regulations by the Central Govt. has raised many eyebrows, including the UN. Looking at the foreign contribution regulations in the neighboring countries of India like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it is interesting to point out that something similar has been going on in these countries as well, the Governments are curbing the foreign donations and imposing restrictions and broadening the scope of discretionary powers for rejecting the applications to receive foreign funds, it is further interesting to note that despite the ongoing tussles between CSOs and the governments, such restrictions have been imposed in the past decade only.
Mar 1, 2017:
EU states its commitment to civil society and human rights defenders (IDSN):
In a statement on World NGO Day the EU reiterates its commitment to protecting space for civil society and human rights defenders. This is particularly relevant in relation to organisations and defenders working to fight caste discrimination as they are increasingly facing threats and sanctions.
Jan 9, 2017:
Narendra Modi’s Crackdown on Civil Society in India (The New York Times):
Among their common traits, illiberal strongmen share a virulent mistrust of civil society. From Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey, illiberal governments regularly use imprisonment, threats and nationalist language to repress nongovernmental organizations. Here in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is going after their money.
Jan 6, 2017:
India blocks funding for IDSN member Navsarjan Trust (IDSN):
In the latest of a series of blocks on foreign funding to human rights NGOs, the Indian Government has revoked the foreign funding (FCRA) license from Dalit rights NGO Navsarjan Trust. The revocation of the license means that Navsarjan can no longer receive funding from foreign donors and the organisation has had to ask its 80 staff to resign.
Dec 19, 2016:
Deaths in custody could be prevented if police follow rules designed to deter mistreatment (Counterview):
The Human Rights Watch report “Bound by Brotherhood: India’s Failure to End Killings in Police Custody” examines the reasons for the continuing impunity for custodial deaths in India, and recommends steps that authorities can and should take to end it.
Nov 8, 2016:
India: Foreign Funding Law Used to Harass 25 Groups - Stop Invoking FCRA to Restrict Peaceful Association, Speech (Human Rights Watch):
The Indian central government’s refusal to renew foreign funding licenses of 25 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) without valid reasons violates their rights to freedom of expression and association, Amnesty International India and Human Rights Watch said today.
Oct 6, 2016:
A review: US State Department Report on human rights in India 2015 (IDSN):
The US State Department published its Report 2015 on human rights practices in India, which provides a comprehensive overview of the human rights situation in the country. The report covers areas of deprivation of life, detention, torture, trial procedures, violence, freedom of speech, assembly and religion, cultural rights, freedom of movement, refugees, political rights, workers’ rights, and discrimination against vulnerable groups, including women, Dalits, indigenous, LGBTI, children, people with disabilities and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Aug 27, 2016:
Holland to raise free speech concerns in India’s 2017 UPR (The Hindu):
India’s recent track record in protecting freedom of expression is expected to come under close scrutiny in the next Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2017, and leading the charge could be Holland. The UPR is a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council that periodically reviews the compliance of member states with international human rights law.
Jul 16, 2016:
Child Labour, CSR and Dalits in India: Talking with Gerard Oonk about an ongoing battle (ALP):
Interview with Gerard Oonk, the director of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), about the Covenant Sustainable Garment & Textile, his work, and the current state of affairs in India.
May 24, 2016:
India: Stop Treating Critics As Criminals (Human Rights Watch):
The Indian authorities routinely use vaguely worded, overly broad laws as political tools to silence and harass critics, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government should repeal or amend laws that are used to criminalize peaceful expression.
May 9, 2016:
UN Special Rapporteur criticises India’s FCRA (IDSN):
A controversial piece of Indian legislation could be used to silence organisations that criticize the government. It contravenes the country’s international human rights obligations, a UN expert says.
Nov 12, 2015:
Stand for Human Rights Campaign launched by Human Rights and Democracy Network (IDSN):
Today the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), of which IDSN is a member has launched the year-long campaign Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders. Urging the EU to take action on commitments to protects and defend human rights defenders.
Nov 9, 2015:
Dalit singer arrested and film on caste refused clearance – the right to expression curtailed in India (IDSN):
New incidents add to the concerns on fresh attempts to limit freedom of expression in India. A Dalit folk singer has been arrested and kept in custody and charged with sedition solely on the grounds of singing songs with a message to close down state owned liquor stores.
Oct 12, 2015:
Over 3200 held in administrative detention, ‘lawless laws’ must be scrapped in India (Amnesty International India):
The continuing use of administrative detention laws in India to lock up persons without charge or trial violates the rights of both suspects and victims of human rights abuses. An interactive online map published by Amnesty International India today shows how several states continue to retain these laws to detain people on executive orders without charge or trial.
Aug 26, 2015:
Human rights groups face global crackdown 'not seen in a generation' (The Guardian):
Laws affecting funding, requiring registration and prohibiting protest are among controls that are making it difficult for NGOs and other campaign groups.
Jul 21, 2015:
Here's proof that poor get gallows, rich mostly escape (Times of India):
A first of its kind study, which has analyzed data from interviews with 373 death row convicts over a 15-year period, has found three-fourths of those given the death penalty belonged to backward classes, religious minorities and 75% were from economically weaker sections.
May 15, 2015:
Modi's one-year legacy: sharpening social conflicts, nervous religious minorities (
Regardless of the extent of its own culpability, the Modi government in its first year of existence has reinforced, even enhanced, all the dark fears the religious minorities have had about living under a Bharatiya Janata Party regime enjoying a majority of its own.
May 5, 2015:
Greenpeace India could close within a month due to government crackdown (The Guardian):
Greenpeace India will be forced to close within a month with the loss of 340 jobs because of a government crackdown on its funding, the organisation’s chief has warned.
The Indian home ministry froze seven bank accounts connected with the organisation last month, the latest in a series of moves against the NGO since Narendra Modi’s government came to power.
Feb 2015:
Amnesty International Report 2014/15 (Amnesty):
Impunity was widespread for human rights abuses by state and non-state actors. Despite progressive legal reform and court rulings, state authorities often failed to prevent and at times committed crimes against Indian citizens, including children, women, Dalits and Adivasi (Indigenous) people. Arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and extrajudicial executions often went unpunished. The overburdened and underfunded criminal justice system contributed to justice being denied to those who suffered abuses, and to violations of the fair trial rights of the accused. Violence by armed groups in Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states and areas where Maoist forces operated continued to put civilians at risk.
Jan 2015:
Human Rights Watch - India chapter 2014 (Human Rights Watch):
India took positive steps in 2013 by strengthening laws protecting women and children, and, in several important cases, prosecuting state security force personnel for extrajudicial killings. The impact of these developments will depend in large part on effective follow-up by central government authorities. The year also saw increased restrictions on Internet freedom; continued marginalization of Dalits, tribal groups, religious minorities, sexual and gender minorities, and people with disabilities; instances of remained marginalized and often without redress; and persistent impunity for abuses linked to insurgencies, particularly in Maoist areas, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, and Assam.
Jul 23, 2014:
Henri Tiphagne: Indian Human Rights Defender (International Service for Human Rights):
Despite the trials faced by People’s Watch in fighting the suspension of its registration under the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA) by the Indian government for nearly two years, the Tamil Nadu-based human rights NGO continues to work for the promotion and protection of human rights through the monitoring of human rights violations, strategic advocacy and solidarity with peoples’ struggles.
Jul 2014:
India: How internet laws are holding back freedom of expression (Business & Human Rights Resource Centre):
In July 2014, the Global Network Initiative and the Internet and Mobile Association of India published an interactive slideshow created by Newsbound, in which they explain the impact of current laws and regulations for Internet users and businesses in India. They demonstrate how the current regulatory framework is holding back economic innovation and freedom of expression.
Jun 16, 2014:
How India treats its NGOs (The Indian Express):
In a case of giving a dog a bad name and hanging him, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has submitted a report damning foreign-funded NGOs for stalling development and giving to Western powers undue leverage over India. Notwithstanding that it is a confidential document, it has been widely reported in the press, though no official confirmation of its receipt has been made.
The report suggests that the activities of some not-for-profits account for a 2 to 3 per cent loss in the GDP. How the loss has been calculated is uncertain. Nor can we tell how this compares with, say, the losses incurred through environmental degradation, rampant corruption, crony capitalism or money stashed abroad. That aside, the report exploits a longstanding suspicion of NGOs and civil society organisations, a legacy of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Emergency and her favourite defence for her failings, the covert “foreign hand”.
Jun 5, 2014:
India’s Snooping and Snowden (Human Rights Watch):
"It is not actually snooping." This was the Indian foreign minister’s response to the US mass surveillance programs that also targeted India. One year ago, Edward Snowden released data revealing that the US National Security Agency had spied on the Indian embassy in Washington and its mission to the UN.
Jun 2014:
India Exclusion Report 2013-14 (Centre for Equity Studies):
This report is envisioned as the first of a series of widely collaborative annual reports, involving numerous institutions and individuals working on the issues of disadvantaged and marginalised communities in India.
Feb 2014:
Report European Parliament on freedom of religion and belief: India and Pakistan among ‘serious offenders’ (EP Working Group on Freedom of Religion and Belief):
The report focuses on 15 countries as ‘serious offenders’ of these internationally recognized freedom rights. India and Pakistan are included.
Feb 14, 2013:
Trapped in Textile (The New Jurist):
Human Rights abuses of female textile workers in Tamil Nadu and the responsibility of manufacturers and buyers.
Aug 28, 2012:
Activists highlight poor condition of Kandhamal survivors (UCAN India):
About 200 activists and survivors of the Kandhamal anti-Christian violence gathered to discuss the present situation on the fourth anniversary of the incident.
Feb 9, 2012:
UN expert deeply disturbed by the situation of Dalit human rights defenders in India (IDSN):
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders has released a report with a strong focus on the dire situation of Dalit human rights defenders, following her 2011 visit to India.