Foresters slap trespass case on rights activists

Many people are not aware of the perils involved in entering the protected forests, say officials The Forest Department has slapped trespass case on the human rights activists who visited the spot of alleged encounter, located deep inside the Seshachalam forest on Saturday. A team of activists from Hyderabad, which landed at the spot on…

Freedom For Dr. Mohammed al-Roken

The Arab dictatorial regimes suppress criticism against anybody who dears to speak out against their authoritarian rule or uses his right of freedom of speech. In Saudi Arabia Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu al-Khair have been sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. In the Saudi dungeons hundreds of prisons are left to rot. Over 90…

Cold-blooded Murder: Rights Team

After paying a visit to the families of victims at Chettari hills in Dharmapuri, a fact finding committee of human rights forum has refuted the encounter theory of AP police and said the victims were brutally murdered by the Special Task Force (STF) inside the Seshachalam forest last Tuesday. The team headed by V S…

Human rights, rule of law vital for sustainable development: Ban

Kicking off the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with several other top UN officials on Sunday spotlighted the critical connection between rule of law and sustainable development. “All societies need fair criminal justice systems, effective, accountable institutions, and access to justice for all,”…

NHRC notice to Telangana on killing of undertrials

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that the Telangana police shot dead five undertrials while they were being taken to Hyderabad in connection with a court case on Tuesday. The Commission, which is currently holding a camp sitting here, issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director-General…

Centre suppressing dissent, say NGO representatives

In reaction to the MHA move to suspend Greenpeace’s registration for alleged “anti-development” activities, a cross section of NGO representatives The Hindu spoke to said that civil society was being actively muzzled by the NDA government. Pointing out that it would be misleading to label Greenpeace as a “foreign-funded organisation”, Samit Aich, its executive director…

Section 66A and International Human Rights

Liberty of thought and expression is a cardinal value that is of paramount significance under India’s constitutional scheme. The preamble of the Constitution of India inter alia speaks of liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship. Article 19(1)(a) of part 3 on Fundamental Rights of the constitution provides right to freedom of speech and…