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 Date: Apr 16, 2011  
  • Livewire: Kashmir   
  • (Amnesty International): Authorities in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state must immediately end the administrative detention of a child who has been held by police since January, Amnesty International said today. Police arrested 17-year-old Murtaza Manzoor on 21 January 2011 in the state capital Srinagar, and accused him of attempted murder, assault and rioting, based on allegations that he led a June 2010 protest against the Indian government that turned violent and resulted in protesters rioting and pelting police with stones. On 8 February, fearing that Manzoor would be released...Continue reading Jammu and Kashmir urged to release teenage protester held in administrative detention
     
     Date: Feb 2, 2011  
  • Livewire: National   
  • (Human Rights Watch): The Indian government should reform its justice system to ensure that abuses do not take place during counterterrorism efforts, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Indian authorities have taken recent steps to prevent wrongful accusations of terrorism, the government should also investigate the many allegations of torture and coerced confessions of terrorism suspects and hold those responsible to account. ...Continue reading The 'Anti-Nationals': Arbitrary Detention and Torture of Terrorism Suspects in India
     
     Date: Jan 28, 2011  
  • Livewire: Odisha   
  • (Korean Civil Society Alliance): Most of all, Korean civil society has had an interest constantly on the Pohang Steel Company (POSCO)'s project launched in Orissa. We, Non-governmental Organizations(NGOs) of the Republic of Korea, had visited the State of Orissa, India, and completed to conduct the field research in the year of 2008 and 2010, and also had sent the open letter to the Meena Gupta Committee in September 2010. We are fully understanding of the POSCO's project that was given the procedure of decision making on interruption of land purchase by the...Continue reading Korean civil society groups call for reconsideration of POSCO project in Orissa
     
     Date: Jan 26, 2011  
  • Livewire: Maharashtra   
  • (National Alliance of People’s Movements): National Alliance of People’s Movements welcomes the report by Expert Committee (constituted by MoEF on directions from Hon’ble Bombay High court) examining disputed issues related to Lavasa Hill Township project developing near Pune. The Report and the Final Order is indeed a courageous and honest on the part of the MOEF committee. NAPM also appreciates the decision of MoEF to accept the said report of the committee in its “entirety” thereby concluding that Lavasa has violated Environmental Laws - EIA...Continue reading MoEF Expert Committee Report on Lavasa vindicates NAPM’s struggle
     
     Date: Jan 25, 2011  
  • Livewire: National   
  • (Asian Human Rights Commission): The integrity of a republic and the determination of its people depend upon the legitimacy of their government. Since declaring the Union of India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic that assures its citizens justice, equality, and liberty and to be a nation that endeavours to promote among them all fraternity, 61 years ago, the country today has still a long way to go to realise the dreams of its founding fathers. The Indian Constitution, a social document, as referred to by Granville Austin, drafted to...Continue reading India: The state of the republic at 61
     
     Date: Jan 23, 2011  
  • Livewire: National   
  • Jaipur Literature Festival that began as ‘civil society’ initiative in 2006 has developed into a DSC Limited- sponsored festival of literature for the last five years. It is time one ponders over the public relations exercise and the facade of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of companies that sponsor and partner for this festival. If one examines the credentials of some of the sponsors of the festival briefly, it presents a disturbing picture: In the inspection of scam ridden Commonwealth Games, Central Vigilance Commission had observed that DSC Limited as having been...Continue reading Jaipur Literature Festival hostage to unethical firms
     
     Date: Jan 22, 2011  
  • Livewire: National   
  • Margaret Sekaggya, New Delhi, January 21, 2011: From 10 to 21 January 2011, I carried out a fact-finding mission to assess the situation of human rights defenders in India, and traveled to New Delhi, Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), Kolkata (West Bengal), Guwahati (Assam), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Jammu and Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir). I met with the Foreign Secretary; the Union Home Secretary; the Additional Secretary (International Organisations and Environment Diplomacy); the Joint Secretary (Human Rights), Ministry for Home Affairs; the State Chief Secretary, State Home...Continue reading Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in India
     
     Date: Jan 21, 2011  
  • Livewire: Maharashtra   
  • The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an appeal from the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) concerning an illegal and forced eviction of slum dwellers in Mumbai, India. It is alleged that the eviction is undertake at the behest of a private property developer. It is reported that human rights activists have started a fast in protest against the arrest of the protesters, and further demanding an immediate end of the illegal eviction. ---------------------------------- ...Continue reading Illegal and brutal eviction throws slumdwellers on to the streets in Mumbai
     
     Date: Jan 17, 2011  
  • Livewire: Odisha   
  • (Odisha Forest Mazdoor Union): Odisha is full of mountains and hills containing a substantial quantity of nation's wealth of minerals. Odisha's resources in percent of India's total mineral resources in parenthesis: coal(25%), bauxite (50%), chromites (98%), iron (27%), nickel(91%), and many other minerals, and exploitation of these mineral deposits is taking place 'legally as well as illegally' at an increasing speed, causing large scale evictions of tribals, dalits, poor peasants from the lands, forests, rivers, mountains etc. In the socalled process of...Continue reading Politics of fake encounter in Orissa
     
     Date: Jan 17, 2011  
  • Livewire: West Bengal   
  • (Association for Protection of Democratic Rights): A six member team from APDR reached Netai village of Lalgarh at 3 PM on 08th January, 2011 to investigate the incident of firing on unarmed villagers by Harmad Bahini on 7th January at village Netai of Lalgarh block, West Midnapur, West Bengal. ...Continue reading Lalgarh: APDR Fact-finding report on Netai Incident
     
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