Rights

  • Lok Sabha polls: Jailed Irom Sharmila not allowed to cast vote in Manipur 17-04-2014 02:51 PM

    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,...
  • Monitoring gay rights situation in India: US 17-04-2014 11:45 AM

    The United States is monitoring the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in India in particular after the Supreme Court ruled consensual homosexual activity as unconstitutional, a US official said. "Despite progress in equal rights for LGBT persons around the world, our work is far from finished," Richard E...
  • The politics of women's empowerment

    Women at work |  Nirupama Subramanian
    The greatest exercise of adult franchise in the world is currently underway in our country. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections have eclipsed cricket results and...

  • Of Modi, Rahul, Ambedkar and women

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    Last week, Narendra Modi, just like Rahul Gandhi some weeks ago, was all over the media assuring people that his party will make India safer...

  • Should not mix Islam with a serious issue like rape: Abu Azmi's son 11-04-2014 01:56 PM

    Farhan Azmi, son of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi, has said that a serious crime like rape should be dealt with strictly. ...
  • Police should be sensitive on human right issues, says Rajasthan DGP 09-04-2014 06:17 PM

    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...
  • Abstention louder than any vote

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    With India's abstention vote, it would seem that South Block is wresting back control of its decision-making authority from that domestic sphere that has ridden...

  • Veer: Hearing impaired Sangeeta Gala is film director in Bollywood 28-03-2014 10:57 AM

    On this episode of Veer, we bring you the story of Sangeeta Gala, who is herself hearing-impaired but did not let her disability come in the way of her progress. ...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC 27-03-2014 05:56 PM

    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...
  • Jennifer Lopez to be awarded by gay rights organisation 25-03-2014 06:55 PM

    Los Angeles: Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez will be given the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in April. The honour is given to "artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community". One of the reasons...
  • Web founder Tim Berners-Lee calls for Internet bill of rights 12-03-2014 06:43 PM

    London: As the Internet turns 25, the inventor of the world wide web has called for a digital bill of rights to protect net users from surveillance and explore principles of privacy and free speech. Tim Berners-Lee said that an online "Magna Carta" is the need of the hour to...
  • Kejriwal not declared as AAP's PM candidate: Patkar 10-03-2014 10:29 PM

    Social activist and AAP candidate from Mumbai North-East seat, Medha Patkar on Monday said that although Arvind Kejriwal is the "best person" to become the prime minister, AAP has not declared him for the top post as doing so before the Lok Sabha polls is "unconstitutional". "Kejriwal is the best...
  • I am not a 'woman' director when I'm directing: Nandita Das 10-03-2014 04:53 PM

    New Delhi: Activist and actor Nandita Das, noted for voicing women's issues, feels that females are still marginalised and face stereotypes in their daily lives. While directing the Hindi political thriller 'Firaaq' in 2008, the actor said she had encountered the "typical mindset" which a woman faces when she "tries...
  • Karnataka: Private schools on a warpath with the government 10-03-2014 09:28 AM

    Bangalore: Private schools in Karnataka are set on a collision course with the government. They have said that poor children should be accommodated in government schools first and should apply to private schools under the Right to Education quota only if no government seats are left. "When you have filled...
  • NHRC notice to UP government over minor girl's death 04-03-2014 09:13 PM

    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....
  • CJ Tabu demands voting rights for Transgenders 02-03-2014 05:41 PM

    Tabu, a transgender based in Delhi, has turned a CJ to demand the right to vote. She along with her community members want the government to recognize their right to vote ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and appeal that they be treated on par with other citizens of the...
  • The Citizen Journalist Show 02-03-2014 04:53 PM

    This week, CJ's showcase the power of a mobile phone by exposing corrupt officials pocketing bribe. Also, transgenders fight for their voting rights ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls, builder-buyer issues, your pictures and much more. ...
  • NHRC issues notice to Chhattisgarh over assault on woman 26-02-2014 05:58 PM

    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...
  • Karnataka SHRC orders probe after police beat up foreign tourists 22-02-2014 12:39 PM

    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...
  • Protests at parties' offices to get Disability Rights Bill passed 21-02-2014 10:17 AM

    New Delhi: On the last day of the extended winter session of Parliament, various disability groups are protesting outside the offices of political parties urging them to pass the Disability Rights Bill. Activists have met key political leaders across the spectrum, who have reportedly pledged support. Suvarna, 26-year-old, wants to...
  • With no laws to protect, India's maids are exploited, abused, says ILO 20-02-2014 06:19 PM

    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...
  • UN letter to Kim Jong Un warns on accountability 17-02-2014 09:57 PM

    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 13-02-2014 12:16 AM

    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...
  • NHRC issues notices to Ranchi DM, SSP over death of student 11-02-2014 12:43 AM

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notices to district authorities of Ranchi in Jharkhand in connection with the death of a young student allegedly due to corporal punishment given to him by his school teacher. Notices in this regard were issued to the District Magistrate and Senior...
  • US Justice Department to expand rights of gay married couples 10-02-2014 10:10 AM

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced widespread changes within the US Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases. The changes, unveiled by Holder in a speech to a gay rights...
  • CJ Show: Actor Aamir Khan's message on One Billion Rising movement 09-02-2014 03:20 PM

    Watch Actor Aamir Khan as he speaks on the upcoming One Billion Rising campaign and why is it important for Indian men to participate in it. ...
  • US court rejects SJP's request in anti-sikh riots case 05-02-2014 05:31 PM

    New York: A US court here has rejected a request by a Sikh rights group seeking more time to respond to a motion filed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to dismiss a human rights violation case against her in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots brought by the group. Judge Brian Cogan...
  • UNICEF seeks steps to protect rights of children 30-01-2014 10:29 PM

    New Delhi: Declaring that "every child counts", UNICEF on Thursday sought greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world's 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights. The report released by the UNICEF, highlights the importance of data in making progress...
  • Kerala: CM to discuss Kasturirangan report with Moily 30-01-2014 08:33 PM

    Kochi: Asserting that farmers' rights would be protected, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said he would leave for Delhi on Friday to discuss the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation with Environment Minister Veerappa Moily. Chandy, who was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the National e-Governance...
  • Sikh rights group to subpoena Rahul Gandhi before US Court 30-01-2014 03:39 PM

    A Sikh rights group that has filed human rights violation cases against the Congress party and its leader Sonia Gandhi said it will subpoena the party's vice president Rahul Gandhi before a US court in the 1984 anti-Sikh rights lawsuit, a demand that has been strongly rejected by the political...