Human Rights

  • New Israeli air strikes raise Gaza toll above 200: medics 6 days ago

    Gaza city: New Israeli air strikes in Gaza early Wednesday killed several people, medics said, bringing the death toll from Israel's operation in the besieged Palestinian territory to 203. A strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah killed two men, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said and a...
  • Ukraine claims rebels flushed from main stronghold July 5, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's interior minister said on Saturday that most pro-Russian rebels and their top commander had fled their main eastern stronghold in what would be Kiev's biggest success of the nearly three-month campaign. "This morning, intelligence reported that Girkin (Igor Strelkov) and a substantial part of the rebels had fled...
  • Bihar minister Ramai Ram lands in trouble July 2, 2014

    Bihar minister Ramai Ram has landed in trouble with the state Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issuing him notice and directing him to submit reply on a complaint of ignoring treatment to his domestic help. State Human Rights member Mandhata Singh while hearing the complaint of Aranya Devi, directed the minister...
  • NHRC Notice to MP Govt Over Atrocity Against Dalit Groom June 25, 2014

    National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to Madhya Pradesh Government, seeking a report on alleged atrocity against a Dalit bridegroom for riding a horse during his wedding procession by some upper caste people in the state. The Commission issued a notice to the state Principal Secretary and sought...
  • Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters: HRW June 23, 2014

    Beirut: Human Rights Watch today urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes". The New York-based rights watchdog accused rebels of using "children as young as 15 to fight in battles" as they try to...
  • Iraq crisis: ISIS hits back with chilling images of cold-blooded killings June 17, 2014

    Over the past couple of days, ISIS has had major success, holding to vast amounts of Iraq while the Iraqi government seems to be at a loss on how to add the situation. The question many are asking is how was the ISIS have sprung up with such brutality with...
  • US Sikh group opposes immunity to Manmohan Singh June 17, 2014

    Washington: US based rights group "Sikhs for Justice" has challenged US government's suggestion to a Washington court to grant immunity to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in a human rights violation case. The US Department of Justice in a May 2 submission asked the Washington federal court "to recognize Prime...
  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajpaksa heads to Bolivia for G77 summit June 12, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on headed towards Bolivia to attend a G77 summit, at a time when the parliament is set to discuss the impending international probe on alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE. The G77 meeting is to be held...
  • 'Alternatives to hydro electricity in Uttarakhand not viable' June 12, 2014

    Noted human rights activist and Padmashree awardee Avdhash Kaushal on Thursday said propagation of various alternatives to hydro electricity in Uttarakhand was the handiwork of vested interest groups and not a viable option. "Uttarakhand alone has the potential of generating 37,000 MW of power from hydroelectricity projects," Kaushal said, adding "this...
  • Jonah Hill apologises for gay slur to paparazzo June 4, 2014

    New York: Jonah Hill has apologized for using a gay slur with a paparazzo in an encounter caught on video. A video posted Tuesday by TMZ shows a photographer pestering Hill, who eventually responded with muttered expletives and an anti-gay expression. On "The Howard Stern Show" on Tuesday, the 30-year-old actor...
  • Anglican leader says Pakistan's minorities should have equal rights May 28, 2014

    The Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday called for Pakistan to safeguard the rights of its religious minorities and afford them equal treatment under the law. Justin Welby, the leader of the world's Anglicans, was on a two-day visit to the eastern city of Lahore where he met with church leaders, government...
  • There shouldn't be a conflict between law and human rights: MoS Home May 28, 2014

    Speaking to CNN-IBN on the Irom Sharmila case, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said that while dealing with Irom Sharmila's case, there can't be any conflict between human rights and the law. "While establishing the rule of law, there should not be any abuse of human rights," he said. ...
  • Honour killing: Pakistani woman stoned to death May 27, 2014

    Lahore: In an apparent honour killing, a 25-year-old pregnant woman was on Tuesday brutally beaten and stoned to death outside the High Court by her father and brothers for marrying the man of her choice. Police said that Farzana Parveen, resident of Faisalabad, had married Mohammad Iqbal of Jaranwala a few...
  • Cannot act on half-baked petitions: Delhi High Court May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Dismissing a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to define its policy on medical treatment given to poor children at a government hospital, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday said that it cannot act on "half-baked" petitions. "Though undoubtedly the number of 10,081(who have died) does indeed appear...
  • Delhi government pays Rs 3.5 lakh each to families of labourers May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: On the directions of National Human Rights Commission, Delhi Government has paid Rs 3.5 lakh each to the families of two men, who were killed while cleaning a sewer in Rohini area of the national capital in June, 2012. According to an NHRC statement released on Tuesday, in response...
  • At least 162,000 killed in Syria conflict: Monitoring group May 19, 2014

    Beirut: At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him. The pro-opposition, British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that losses among fighters on...
  • Bomb kills at least 43 in north Syria: Activists May 16, 2014

    Beirut: A massive car bomb ripped through a crowded garage today near a rebel-held border crossing between Syria and Turkey, killing at least 43 people in an area that has seen fierce fighting between rival rebel groups, an anti-government activist group said. The attack came as President Bashar Assad's forces have...
  • NHRC notice to Chhattisgarh government over boycott of tribal families May 4, 2014

    National Human Rights Commission on Sunday issued notices to Chhattisgarh government and state police in connection with alleged social boycott of two tribal families in Korba district after a village panchayat's diktat. According to an NHRC statement released on Sunday, notices in this regard were issued to the Chief Secretary and...
  • NHRC issues notice to government, police over boycott of two tribal families May 3, 2014

    National Human Rights Commission on Friday issued notices to Chhattisgarh government and state police in connection with alleged social boycott of two tribal families in Korba district after a village panchayat's diktat. According to an NHRC statement released on Friday, notices in this regard were issued to the Chief Secretary and...
  • US court asks Sikh group to summon Manmohan Singh by June 18 April 25, 2014

    Washington: A US court has asked a Sikh group to serve summons on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by June 18 or face dismissal of a case of alleged violation of human rights during his tenure. "Plaintiffs shall file proof of service on or before June 18, 2014," US District Judge...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Jailed Irom Sharmila not allowed to cast vote in Manipur April 17, 2014

    Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for 13 years against a special, stringent anti-terror act in Manipur, was on Thursday not allowed to vote in the Lok Sabha polls as per law. "Under Section 62 (5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a...
  • Police should be sensitive on human right issues, says Rajasthan DGP April 9, 2014

    Policemen should be alert and sensitive towards human right issues while performing their duties, Director General of Rajasthan Police said on Wednesday. "Policemen should ensure safety and security of human lives and their goods, besides keeping an eye on the human rights very sensitively," DGP Omendra Bhardwaj said at the passing-out...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC March 27, 2014

    Geneva: India on Thursday abstained from voting on the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Even as India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations. A tweet from the Ministry of External Affairs...
  • NHRC notice to UP government over minor girl's death March 4, 2014

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to Uttar Pradesh government over the death of a four-year-old girl due to alleged medical negligence. Acting on media reports, the commission asked the UP director general of health services to file a report within four weeks, said an NHRC statement. The media...
  • NHRC issues notice to Chhattisgarh over assault on woman February 26, 2014

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notice to Chhattisgarh over the assault of a 65-year-old woman suspected of practising witchcraft. As per media reports, the woman was brutally beaten and her head tonsured after she was suspected of practising witchcraft by people of Korba district. "We have taken suo...
  • Karnataka SHRC orders probe after police beat up foreign tourists February 22, 2014

    Bangalore: The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission has ordered a probe after reports of the police brutality in the tourist town of Gokarana. A Facebook campaign launched by tourists from 26 countries complained of police atrocities on Valentine's Day. SHRC member Meera Saksena said, "We call for a report from...
  • With no laws to protect, India's maids are exploited, abused, says ILO February 20, 2014

    Millions of maids working in middle class Indian homes are part of up an informal and "invisible" workforce where they are abused and exploited due to a lack of legislation to protect them, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. Economic reforms that began in the early 1990s have transformed...
  • UN letter to Kim Jong Un warns on accountability February 17, 2014

    Geneva: A UN panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation. It is unusual for a UN report to directly implicate a nation's leader. But in a letter accompanying a yearlong...
  • Tihar Jail inmates go on hunger strike over new rule on meeting kin February 13, 2014

    New Delhi: More than 50 inmates of Tihar Jail have gone on a hunger strike against a recent guideline by prison authorities which allows them to meet their relatives only once a week instead of the two times which was the norm before. As per fresh guidelines issued by Tihar Jail...