RIGHTS ACTIVIST

  • Kashmir is 'dormant', its people disillusioned and angry, say social activists November 25, 2014

    Srinagar: Even as voting for the five-phase Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections started on November 25, there is a fear among the people in the Valley that the situation may turn for the worse if the new government fails to provide a clean, corruption-free and efficient administration. A political analyst in...
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi deserves to be known, says economist Amartya Sen October 12, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, economist Amartya Sen said that Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi deserved to be known. "Satyarthi proved illegal does not mean impossible to exist. People should know that billion dollar deals does not mean that India has overcome all its problems," said Amartya. ...
  • Mental health of children in institutions important: Activists October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Child rights activists on Thursday stressed on the need to provide adequate mental health services for children in institutional care to ensure their social inclusion. Most children residing in institutions like children's homes, care homes, orphanages, reform schools and institutes for physically and mentally disabled have been through exceptional...
  • Anees Jillani: Talks about the growing intolerance of the people July 29, 2014

    In an interview with CNNIBN, human rights activist Anees Jillani talked about the unfortunate death of the three people in Pakistan over posting of a blasphemous picture on Facebook. He said that it was high time the government would do something towards the growing intolerance of the people. ...
  • Saudi jails rights activist for 15 years: Relatives July 7, 2014

    Dubai: A Saudi court on Monday sentenced to 15 years in jail a prominent rights lawyer described by Amnesty as a prisoner of conscience, relatives said in a statement posted on Twitter. The tweet said that Waleed Abulkhair, who has had many runins with the authorities over his activism and...
  • '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...
  • Fifteen peacocks killed in Nagaur this week, allege animal rights activist May 31, 2014

    Fifteen peacocks have been killed in Nagaur district of the state this week, an animal rights activist on Saturday alleged. Babulal Jaju, state incharge of People for Animals, an animal welfare organisation, has alleged that seven peacocks were found dead on May 28 while carcasses of eight others were found on...
  • News 360: EC says no to Modi rally in Varanasi, BJP calls for protest May 7, 2014

    Soon after the Election Commission denied permission to the Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to hold a rally in Varanasi, the party lashed out at the Returning Officer in Varanasi for his biased behaviour. ...
  • 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...
  • Delhi: Rights activists demand compensation for rape, acid attack victims August 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Rights activists from all over the state held protests at Jantar Mantar demanding compensation and rehabilitation schemes for rape, sexual assault and acid attack survivors. Women from various universities, Wazirpur slum cluster, Narela and Mandavli also participated in the protest. The dharna was organised by the All India Progressive...
  • Women's rights activist Vina Mazumdar dies in Delhi May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Veteran women's rights activist and pioneer of feminist studies in India Vina Mazumdar died in Delhi on Thursday morning. Mazumdar had been ailing with a lung disorder. She was 87 and is survived by four children three daughters and a son. A strong votary of increased women's representation...
  • BJP promoting alcohol during IFFI: Women's group November 22, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP is more keen on promoting alcohol than the Congress party in the state, women's rights activists alleged here Wednesday, criticising the ruling party's decision to allow more alcohol vendors during the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Bailancho Saad, a leading women's rights group, would be protesting...
  • Activist Marvi Sirmed attacked in Pakistan November 2, 2012

    Islamabad: Unidentified gunmen on Friday attacked prominent rights activist Marvi Sirmed, who has received threats from extremist groups several times in the past, in the Pakistani capital though she escaped unharmed. The gunmen, who were in a black car, fired at Sirmed's vehicle at Murree Road near Bani Gala on...
  • 3 men arrested over attack on Pak girl Malala October 12, 2012

    Islamabad: In an "important breakthrough", three men have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the nearfatal attack on teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai in Swat, a former stronghold of the Taliban in northwest Pakistan, police said on Friday. However, Ataullah, the alleged mastermind of Tuesday's attack on 14yearold Malala,...
  • Pak: Minor girl arrested on charges of blasphemy August 18, 2012

    Islamabad: An 11yearold Christian girl has been arrested in Pakistani capital on a charge of blasphemy after she was accused of burning pages of the Quran, police said on Saturday. Officials of Ramna police station said an FIR had been registered against Rimsha Masih, a resident of Umara Jaffar in Sector...
  • WB: TMC workers heckle Human rights activists April 12, 2012

    Kolkata: Workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday heckled human rights activists who once supported Mamata Banerjee during the Nandigram land acquisition campaign. The activists were protesting in Kolkata against slum eviction and political prisoners. The police reportedly chased away the TMC workers but also detained 6 human rights activists for...
  • NY marriage vote emboldens Paris gay pride march June 26, 2011

    Paris: Tens of thousands of revelers turned out on Saturday for a gay pride parade in Paris, many of them hailing the legalization of gay marriage in New York and demanding that France follow suit. Marchers, dressed in drag, brassieres or striped sailor outfits, paraded under a sea of rainbowcolored flags...
  • Did ISI plot Pak journalist Saleem's murder? June 1, 2011

    New Delhi: Missing Pakistani journalist and Asia Times bureau chief Syed Saleem Shahzad has been confirmed dead in Islamabad two days after he was kidnapped. Human rights groups are pointing fingers towards the Pakistan intelligence agency ISI a gruesome discovery that has sparked off outrage across Pakistan and around...
  • Activist Gautam Navlakha detained in Srinagar May 28, 2011

    Srinagar: Noted Civil Rights Activist Gautam Navlakha was detained in the Srinagar airport on his arrival on Saturday. He was not allowed to enter the city and was served an order under section 144 of Cr PC and was told to leave for New Delhi by Sunday. "He has been restrained...
  • Binayak Sen not certain on remaining out of jail May 24, 2011

    Kolkata: Human rights activist Binayak Sen, who is on bail from the Supreme court, on Tuesday said he is still to be absolved of the sedition charges and is not certain will he remain out of jail. "I have been merely granted bail and not absolved of the charges. The case...
  • Binayak Sen vows to do his best in Plan Panel May 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Elated over his appointment as member of a key committee of the Planning Commission, civil rights activist Binayak Sen on Thursday vowed to do his best to provide "equity" for deprived communities in healthrelated issues. 61yearold Sen, convicted on charge of sedition by a court in Chhattisgarh, was on...
  • 1971 PoW languishing in Pakistan jail? April 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Leading rights activist Ansar Burney claims that an Indian prisoner of war captured during the 1971 war has been found in a Pakistani jail. Burney says the PoW is Surjit Singh who was captured in 1971 and his jail term ended in December 2010. Burney says...
  • EU to witness Binayak Sen's bail hearing January 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The European Union is sending a team for Human rights activist Binayak Sen's bail hearing at the Chattisgarh High Court in Bilaspur on Monday. The External Affairs ministry has informed the Home Ministry to this effect. According to sources, The European Union delegation, will include representatives of Delhi...
  • Iron Lady of Manipur rearrested, refuses to bend March 11, 2010

    Imphal: Human rights activist Irom Sharmila, jailed since 2000 for resorting to a hunger strike against alleged rights violations by the security forces in Manipur, was once again arrested by police on charges of attempted suicide. The activist continued her refusal to eat a single morsel of food. Sharmila, who earned...
  • Norway accuses Iran of confiscating Ebadi's Nobel November 27, 2009

    Oslo: Norway has accused Tehran of confiscating the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to human rights campaigner Shirin Ebadi in 2003 and said freedom of expression was under ''great pressure'' in Iran. The Foreign Ministry said Ebadi's gold Nobel medal and her award diploma had been removed from her bank box together...
  • Govt slams activists for supporting Naxal cause October 8, 2009

    New Delhi: The brutal killing of police inspector Francis Induvar by the Naxals on Tuesday has set off a debate on the reasons why Naxals should enjoy support despite these barbaric acts. Human Rights activists are also under pressure now to continue to hold onto their support. Home minister...
  • Activists cheer 'victory' for Godhra riot victims January 19, 2008

    Mumbai: Intellectuals, lawyers and rights activists have welcomed the Mumbai session court's verdict on Friday in the Bilkis Bano case, holding 13 people guilty, and acquitting seven others. Stating that the justice has come a little late in the day, leading film director and rights activist Mahesh Bhatt said: ''As long...
  • 67yrold Pak human rights activist released November 13, 2007

    Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been placed under house arrest. The move comes as the former prime minister was planning to lead a protest motorcade Tuesday from Lahore to Islamabad. Rallies and political gatherings are banned under Pakistans state of emergency. General Musharraf amended the 1952 Pakistan Army Act over...
  • 'Dog sacrifice' angers activists June 21, 2007

    Bangalore: Animal lovers in Bangalore were up in arms after they read an invitation to a religious function at the Shaneshwara temple, which said 25 dogs would be sacrificed during the function on Friday. We came across a pamphlet which said they are going to burn 25 dogs alive so...
  • Dog menace: Sterilise or kill? March 13, 2007

    Chennai: Chennai seems to be next on line to tackle the stray dog problem after Bangalore took steps to alleviate the problem. Threeyearold Harshini cannot be blamed for being scared of stray dogs. One recently bit her when she stepped out of her house to go shopping with her...