“Whether it is a hydro electric project, Indus water treaty, it is the people of Kashmir who have to live with the consequences”

Beyond the visible causes for September 2014 deluge in valley, lie the subtle reasons rooted in the network of occupation. The recently released document by Coalition of Civil Society (CCS), entitled ‘Occupational Hazards’ has brought to fore the uncounted repercussions of militarization of Kashmir. In conversation with Saima Bhat, the researchers behind the report, have…

India rejects US panel report on religious freedom

India has rejected a US government panel report that claims direct link between the 2014 general elections and the spike in attacks on religious minorities in the country. The report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) says that since the 2014 elections, religious minority communities in India have been “subject to derogatory…

‘Ask India to rebuke religious leaders for insulting remarks’

Washington: A US Congress-established panel has asked the Obama Administration to press the Indian government to publicly rebuke officials and religious leaders who make derogatory remarks about communities and to boost religious freedom standards in the pluralistic country. The US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its annual report urged the US government to…

Mohamed Nasheed’s trial a sham, says Amnesty

Amnesty International on Thursday slammed the deteriorating human rights situation in the Maldives and termed the trial of former president Mohamed Nasheed “a sham”. Nasheed was sentenced on terrorism charges to 13 years in prison in March. “Mohamed Nasheed’s imprisonment came after a sham trial, but he is far from the only one locked up…