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Human Rights - Information
India is using travel ban as weapon against human rights activists
GEO TV, Mar 2, 2017
Amjad Bashir, MEP from Yorkshire, and an outspoken critic of Indian atrocities in Kashmir, gave a scathing criticism of the country for refusing him a visa.... 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.... »
EU states its commitment to civil society and human rights defenders
IDSN, Mar 1, 2017
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. »
Comparative analysis of foreign contribution regulatory mechanisms in India, its neighbours
Counterview, Mar 2, 2017
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. »
Narendra Modi’s Crackdown on Civil Society in India
The New York Times, Jan 9, 2017
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. »
India blocks funding for IDSN member Navsarjan
IDSN, Jan 6, 2017
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. »
Deaths in custody could be prevented if police follow rules designed to deter mistreatment
Counterview, Dec 19, 2016
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. »
India: Foreign Funding Law Used to Harass 25 Groups
Human Rights Watch, Nov 8, 2016
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. »
A review: US State Department Report on human rights in India 2015
IDSN, Oct 6, 2016
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, etc. »
Holland to raise free speech concerns in India’s 2017 UPR
The Hindu, Aug 27, 2016
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. »
Child Labour, CSR and Dalits in India: Talking with Gerard Oonk about an ongoing battle
ALP, Jul 16, 2016
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. »
India: Stop Treating Critics As Criminals
Human Rights Watch, May 24, 2016
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. »
UN Special Rapporteur criticises India’s FCRA
IDSN, May 9, 2016
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. »
Stand for Human Rights Campaign launched by Human Rights and Democracy Network
IDSN, Nov 12, 2015
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. »
Dalit singer arrested and film on caste refused clearance – the right to expression curtailed in India
IDSN, Nov 9, 2015
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. »
Over 3200 held in administrative detention, ‘lawless laws’ must be scrapped in India
Amnesty International India, Oct 12, 2015
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 shows how several states continue to retain these laws to detain people without charge or trial. »
Human rights groups face global crackdown 'not seen in a generation'
The Guardian, Aug 26, 2015
Laws affecting funding, requiring registration and prohibiting protest are among controls that are making it difficult for NGOs and other campaign groups. »
Here's proof that poor get gallows, rich mostly escape
Times of India, Jul 21, 2015
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. »
Modi's one-year legacy: sharpening social conflicts, nervous religious minorities, May 15, 2015
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. »
Greenpeace India could close within a month due to government crackdown
The Guardian, May 5, 2015
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. »
Amnesty International Report 2014/15
Amnesty, Feb 2015
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. »
Human Rights Watch - India chapter 2014
Human Rights Watch, Jan 2015
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. »
Henri Tiphagne: Indian Human Rights Defender
International Service for Human Rights, Jul 23, 2014
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. »
India: How internet laws are holding back freedom of expression
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Jul 2014
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. »
How India treats its NGOs
The Indian Express, Jun 16, 2014
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. »
India’s Snooping and Snowden
Human Rights Watch, Jun 5, 2014
"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. »
India Exclusion Report 2013-14
Centre for Equity Studies, Jun 2014
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. »
Report European Parliament on freedom of religion and belief: India and Pakistan among ‘serious offenders’
EP Working Group on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Feb 2014
The report focuses on 15 countries as ‘serious offenders’ of these internationally recognized freedom rights. India and Pakistan are included. »
Activists highlight poor condition of Kandhamal survivors
UCAN India, Aug 28, 2012
About 200 activists and survivors of the Kandhamal anti-Christian violence gathered to discuss the present situation on the fourth anniversary of the incident. »

Human Rights - Advocacy
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Jan 31, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the exclusion of civil society organisations by the Indian government
Feb 13, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Jun 10, 2016) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the restriction of freedom of expression in India
Jun 23, 2016
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Servaes and Vos (both Labour Party)
(subm. Jun 3, 2015) to the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the trade mission to India and the request of a number of NGOs to advocate for freedom of organisation and speech
Jun 15, 2015
Open letter to Prime Minister Rutte
Be an advocate in India for freedom of organization and speech
ICN, Greenpeace ...., May 29, 2015
Asian Development Bank complicit in human rights violations in India
Exploitation of workers, violations of labour laws, child labour, hazardous working conditions and lethal accidents at the work place. This is just a sample related to 10 projects that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) finances in India.
May 8, 2013