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Sectarian violence posing threat to Pakistani society
Feb 08, 2010 The increasing sectarian violence in Pakistan between different groups can not just be seen as an accident of history or politics, rather a symptom of an increasingly intolerant society. The need for embracing diversity and pluralism has been felt to avoid straining the social fabric irreparably.
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India to notify right to education act
Feb 17, 2010 The Right to Education Act that promises free and compulsory education for all children between 6-14 years will finally be implemented from April 1 with its notification by Ministry of Human Resource Development. Expressing their concern many civil society organisations ask the government to incorporate constitutional guarantee within the Act.
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Indian activists demand new law on disability
Feb 22, 2010 Disability rights activists have critiqued the proposed amendments to the Persons with Disabilities Act and asked for a new formulation with a human rights approach; one that addresses fundamental rights and freedom and is aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNRCPD).
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Nepalese women pledge for equal rights
Mar 08, 2010 Making an assessment on the status of women in Nepal on 100th International Women’s day, women’s rights activists say that women still struggle for equal opportunity and rights in every aspect of life. Measures are being suggested to ensure that no discriminatory laws prevail against women in the new constitution.
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Women's bill sparks protests in Indian parliament
Mar 08, 2010 Amid protests and continuous adjournments of the upper house, voting on the historic bill that reserves 33% of legislative seats for women has been deferred until tomorrow. The Indian Prime Minister has called an all-party meeting to work out modalities of passing the Bill.
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Myanmar bars Suu Kyi from polls
Mar 10, 2010 The new election law issued by Myanmar's junta bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2,000 other political prisoners from contesting polls planned this year. Approved on Tuesday, it prevents prisoners, members of religious orders, and members of insurgent groups from joining political parties.
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Assam: First state to guarantee right to health
Mar 12, 2010 Assam became first state in India to table the Public Health Bill, 2010, which seeks to make healthcare facility a basic right of every citizen. Adopting a Public Health approach, it makes mandatory for all new development projects to carry out a health impact assessment study.
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Exploited and Unsafe: CWG workers need a fair chance
Mar 19, 2010 The Delhi High Court appointed panel, to look into the working conditions of near about 17,000 workers for the Commonwealth Games, have cited concern over lack of minimum wages, adequate accommodation, basic equipment and medical care by government appointed companies. The panel observes workplaces as extremely unclean, unhygienic and unsafe.
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'Withdraw Operation Green Hunt'!
Mar 20, 2010 In a letter to the Union Home Minister, the indigenous people of Jharkhand have highlighted their plights and rising insecurity in the state due to the anti-Maoist operations. It proposed that rather than protecting the corporate interests, the government should focus on peace talks involving communities.
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Child rights openly flouted by mining industry
Mar 26, 2010 Providing a grim picture of the extent of violation of children’s rights in mining areas across the country, an NGO report states that children are often malnourished, denied access to education and work in dangerous conditions. There is glaring loopholes in the law and implementation related to mining in general.
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Tourist resort threatening an Andamanese tribe
Mar 29, 2010 A controversial tourist resort in Andaman islands has come under the scanner of Indian Supreme Court as it infringes forest area where endangered Jarawa tribe lives. Jarawas who migrated from Africa some 60,000 years ago, face the dilemma of retaining their traditional culture or acquiring new cultural traits from outsiders.
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Bangladesh: Political will missing on RTI implementation
Mar 30, 2010 Taking stock of the Right to Information Act after one year of its coming into force, in a seminar organised at Jatiya Press Club, experts from different fields voiced concern over the slow implementation of the act and lack of awareness among the public about it.
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Education becomes a fundamental right in India
Apr 01, 2010 The Right to Education Act came into force today after the Prime Minister in his address to the nation announced the operationalisation of the Act. The law envisions to provide free and compulsory education for all children between 6 and 14 years of age.
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Restored Buddhist shrines sparks conflict in Sri Lanka
Apr 06, 2010 Many ethnic Tamils have expressed fears that the restoration of Buddhist shrines and building permanent housing for soldiers even before resettling refugees is a secret plan of the government to undermine the Tamils claim to an ethnic homeland. Cultural experts argue that parochial forces are using archaeology for political purposes.
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People's Tribunal demands a sustainable model for tribes
Apr 13, 2010 The Indian People’s Tribunal held last week in the capital discussed the issues of tribal displacement and deprivation of their rights to forest, land, and other resources. Though the Indian Constitution entitles communities with the right to use material resources for common good, yet recent events reflect the violations of the democratic spaces.
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Bangladesh to ratify UN treaty on migrant rights
Apr 28, 2010 Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry has announced to ratify the UN treaty on the protection of migrants enhancing the country's image, as not only a major migrant exporting nation but a caring nation as well. Although activists find the move critical, administrators feel this may help to assert migrants workers rights.
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Court's decision boosts Right to Information Act
May 19, 2010 The recent ruling by Chennai High Court that a PPP project falls within the scope of the RTI Act is being seen as a positive step towards ensuring accountability and transparency of the system. It gives hope for a more liberal interpretation of the law in the future.
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Separatist blockade cripples Indian state
May 25, 2010 Blockade of the two highways linking Manipur to the rest of the country has caused acute shortage of even the most basic necessities in the state.
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Women rights could be sacrificed for peace
May 31, 2010 The peace jirga to consider plans to open talks with Taliban leaders could be detrimental to Afghanistan’s women’s future. The skewed representation of men which is being seen as a move to lure Taliban, raises the possibility that the women’s hard earned rights may be compromised.
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India's tribal village first to get rights over its forests
Dec 24, 2009 A tribal village in western India has been granted the right to cultivate and manage its forest, as per the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest-Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006. For over a decade the villagers have fought against the commercialisation of their land.
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India: Minimum Wage Act to cover all
Jan 20, 2010 The Indian labour ministry has proposed inclusion of all jobs in the Minimum Wages act with an aim to benefit all 34 crore workers in the unorganised sector.
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Nepal charter to recognise sexual minorities
Jan 20, 2010 The new constitution will guarantee equal rights, including the right to marry, to sexual minorities in the Himalayan nation. A first in Asia, the move is expected to boost tourism in the war-ravaged economy.
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Justice eludes Bangladesh tribes
Jan 27, 2010 The ‘Peace Accord’ of 1997 between the indigenous Jummas, who live in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and and the government, has failed to stem the conflict. Reports of torture, rape, land grabbing and intimidation by Bengali settlers and army continue to emerge.
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Women's rights after Bonn
Dec 07, 2011 The recently concluded Bonn Summit will add a new thrust to the inclusion of women's rights in Afghanistan's peace process, hopes Zohra Moosa of ActionAid.
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Vote for change
Dec 14, 2010 More than a billion people around the world live without land rights. Omidyar Network and Ashoka’s Changemakers recently hosted an online competition to unleash opportunity for individuals and communities worldwide working on this issue as well as bring together stakeholders and solutions for millions.
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Change the picture for the better with a click
Jan 24, 2012 Indian NGO CRY – Child Rights and You - invites entries for its Click Rights campaign to advocate for every child’s right to quality education through photography.
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India for 'political reconciliation' in Sri Lanka
May 20, 2009 Indian government is likely to provide Rs 500 crore aid package for internally displaced people in Sri Lanka. Reiterating the need for a political solution, India has called upon the Lankan government to consider devolution of powers to north-eastern regions and ensure other rights of ethnic Tamils.
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Third gender may find a place in Nepal's next census
Jun 01, 2009 After repealing all discriminatory laws against the country’s sexual minorities, Nepal is mulling to include the third gender in its next census. Experts feel that proper documentation will help government formulate necessary policies to ensure their rights.
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Combating oppression and exploitation
Jun 07, 2010 The farmers, rural poor and slum-dwellers, who comprise a vast majority in Indian population, are worse off today than they were when India got freedom feels Pushpa M. Bhargava. She says, the GDP growth rate proclaim with great fervour to have created billionaires, but the gap between rich and poor has increased exponentially.
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“Because I am a girl”
Nov 26, 2010 In today’s world filled with instances of gender based violence and discrimination, it is imperative to take initiative to help the girl child overcome barriers and realise her dreams, feels the CEO of Plan International, Nigel Chapman.
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