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Dhaka: Medical examinations traumatic for rape survivors
Feb 16, 2010 Lack of women doctors for medical examination is proving to be a major impediment to justice delivery in rape cases in Bangladesh. Many of the survivors baulk at the insensitivity of the examination which prevents legal action against the attackers.
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Justice eludes Afghan women
Mar 09, 2010 Women in Afghanistan continue to suffer wide spread discrimination, abuses, domestic violence and an apathetic government. Despite a July 2009 law banning violence against women, incidents of violence continue and their rights are violated with impunity on a regular basis.
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Plans underway to replace controversial Armed Force act
Apr 03, 2010 On the recommendations of the Jeevan Reddy Committee and the Second Administrative Reform Commission, plans to replace the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in force in some northeastern states and in Jammu and Kashmir with a more humane law has been announced.
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India: First open prison for women convicts
Apr 12, 2010 Incarcerated women in Maharashtra’s Yerawada prison will soon be able to move out of the cramped, unhygienic cells as the construction of India’s first open prison for women is underway. Women prisoners engaged in creating the new space will get paid and also a reduction in their sentence.
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Sri Lankan government frees Tamil journalist
May 03, 2010 Jeyaprakash Tissainayagam, accused of conspiring to cause ethnic violence through his articles gets presidential pardon, coinciding with World Press Freedom Day. His sentence had been criticised by the US and EU, for being the harshest punishment to a scribe in recent years.
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Truth-drugs tests illegal, rules SC
May 06, 2010 The Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgment declared on Wednesday that narco analysis, brain mapping and polygraph tests conducted on any person without their consent, are illegal and violation to personal liberty. The ruling has been hailed by rights activists as these tests were a travesty of justice.
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HRW calls for probe into armed conflict
May 21, 2010 Human Rights Watch’s allegations of atrocities by Sri Lankan government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) during the armed conflict that ended last year is substantiated by new evidences. With the manifest failure of Government in investigation of abuses, the situation calls for an independent international investigation.
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India: Dishonouring the 'honour killings'
Jun 08, 2010 The increase in the number of women's groups and public-spirited individuals protesting against the bloody killings in the name of honoring traditional values raises hope. While the role of state governments to protect the rights of citizens remains unfulfilled, the efforts of civil societies are certainly bearing positive results.
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Tough law against acid attackers sought
May 14, 2009 At the 10th anniversary of the Bangladesh Acid Survivors Foundation, around 600 victims from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Uganda, Cambodia and the host country narrated horrific stories of attacks, resulting mostly from spurned sexual advances and unfulfilled dowry demands.
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International groups demand justice for Dr Binayak Sen
May 20, 2009 Over 50 international organisations protested last week in several US and European cities, demanding immediate release of Indian human rights activist Dr Binayak Sen. He has been languishing in jail for past two years.
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India's apex court grants bail to Dr Binayak Sen
May 25, 2009 India’s Supreme Court today granted bail to Dr Binayak Sen, a respected people’s doctor and civil rights activist. He had been languishing in Raipur jail for over two years for his alleged links with Maoists.
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Kashmir simmering over rape and murder
Jun 10, 2009 Demonstrations in India-administered Jammu and Kashmir continue to protest against the alleged rape and killing of two women by members of paramilitary forces. A Delhi-based human rights organisation has condemned the incident, calling it “a horrific crime by any measure.”
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Blast accused families in India demand impartial probe
Jun 11, 2009 At a press conference held earlier this week in the Indian capital, wives of nine accused in the 2006 Malegaon serial blasts urged for an impartial probe. A human rights activist says minority witch-hunting in the name of fighting terrorism must stop.
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Justice for BP oil spill victims, none for Bhopal
Jul 02, 2010 Analysts say there is a great contrast between the US response to the oil spill and Bhopal disaster, where the poor and powerless faced humiliation at the hands of the rich and resourceful Western corporation. In Pratap Bhanu Mehta's words, Bhopal tragedy does remind that India is a weak state.
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Preserve the distinct Kashmiri cultural identity
Aug 20, 2010 To have left the Kashmir peace process, an issue of critical national importance, to the vagaries of partisan party politics is an unacceptable lapse of judgment. In this era of post-nationalism, it is never too late to revive the true spirit of kashmiriyat, writes Malini Parthasarathy.
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Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill: Justice or a cruel joke?
Dec 08, 2010 The Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill 2010 has overlooked a wide range of issues, argues Amrita Nandy. Not only does it exclude domestic workers form its ambit, it proposes to penalise women who fail to provide evidence for “harassment”, which is often hard to provide.
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Binayak Sen: Pointing fingers at the wrong person
Dec 28, 2010 India has a history of grassroots activists being targeted for corporate or political motives. Writer-columnist Ramchandra Guha expresses his concern at the arrest of rights activist Binayak Sen while “scamsters and gangsters walk free” in the country.
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India: Impunity for diplomats; eleven years and counting
Jan 21, 2011 The recent incident of an Indian diplomat involved in wife-beating has refreshed the memories of a similar case of sexual harassment of a tribal maid by her diplomat employee eleven years back. Sayeeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission, relives the agony with a hope of justice being delivered this time.
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"Binayak Sen's arrest has made India a laughing stock of the world"
Jan 24, 2011 Journalist and human rights activist Satya Sagar expresses concern over India’s national security which is in the hands of thoughtless leaders who fail to distinguish between peaceful protests and Maoism. He argues that the campaign for Binayak Sen’s release is not just about providing justice. It has now become a movement for the freedom of all ordinary citizens who are trapped in the prison house that India has become.
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The curious case of Binayak
Mar 11, 2011 Journalist Dilip D'Souza finds little evidence behind the Chhattisgarh government’s case against Indian rights activist Binayak Sen, calling it a banal and twisted attempt to incriminate him. Binayak, currently serving a life term on charges of state sedition, has appealed to the Supreme Court to seek bail and a stay on his sentence.
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Where lies the burden of proof
Apr 27, 2011 The Pakistan Supreme Court ruling that set free the rape accused in the Mukhtaran Mai case has been decried by activists as a blow to the rights of victims of sexual crimes. Lawyer Abira Ashfaq deconstructs the verdict while upholding her stance for a fair fight.
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Sri Lanka’s body of evidence
Jul 01, 2011 Only a swift and objective criminal investigation into alleged war crimes by government troops can bring justice to its victims, says Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch. A recent UN report claims over 40,000 civilians were killed in the 2009 conflict between the army and the LTTE.
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India:Endemic delays bring down justice system
Jul 31, 2012 According to a report published by the Asian Legal Resource Centre(ALRC), endemic delays in criminal trials are hastening the collapse of Delhi's criminal system. Basil Fernando, executive director of the Hong Kong-based regional group said, although the report was on Delhi, it could be read as indicative of the conditions across the whole of India.
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Monitoring human trafficking
May 14, 2009 UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons assesses the different forms of human trafficking and the global fight to end the practice. It explains the growth of modern slave markets and exposes ineffectiveness of governments in implementing legislations for curbing the crime across borders.
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Nepal must act on extrajudicial killings
Nov 18, 2009 In Nepal, the failure of the government to investigate and prosecute extrajudicial killings during the country’s civil war (1996-2006) continues to haunt the families of victims. The UN and the rights activists say that this has perpetuated a culture of impunity.
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Justice in waiting
Nov 03, 2009 Journalist Rahul Bedi does a stark recall of India’s 1984 anti-Sikh riots where Hindu mobs massacred 3,000 Sikhs following the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards on 31 October. Twenty-five years later survivors await justice.
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'Gagging the voices against corruption'
Jan 28, 2010 Anti-corruption machineries have been used either to scuttle complaints against the mighty or to victimise those who do not fall in line, writes Arvind Kejriwal, a social activist in India. Media pressure has helped in getting justice, but there is a need for an independent and effective body, he argues.
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India's national capital gets first e-courtroom
Dec 24, 2009 The High Court in the Indian capital has gone eco-friendly by replacing paper files with a touchscreen handbook and an LCD screen. The initiative, first-of-its-kind, has successfully digitised around 5.5 crore papers , and is also considering e-recording of witness statements to avoid procedural delays.
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UN says women must promote peace and security
Oct 30, 2008 Peacekeepers must ensure security for women in post-conflict situations. Gender issues needed special focus, especially when sexual violence was routinely used as a tactic of war, said a top UN official during a Security Council meeting.
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Pakistan gets tough on cyber crime
Nov 07, 2008 A new law will punish any individual or organisation found to be involved in acts of ‘cyber terror’ or intending to harm the government and its people with death or life imprisonment. Last year a similar law was widely panned for violating basic human rights.
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