RIGHTS

  • Child has right to education despite parents' dispute: Court Yesterday

    New Delhi: A child is entitled to complete education and ancillary expenses irrespective of dispute of parents, a Delhi court has said while directing the father of a girl to ensure her re-admission in school as she could not attend classes due to her mother's incapability to pay fees. The...
  • Singapore upholds law that criminalises gay sex 2 days ago

    Singapore: Singapore's highest court ruled on Wednesday that a law that criminalises sex between men is in line with the city-state's constitution, rejecting two separate appeals by three men that the measure infringed their human rights. The judgment comes as gay rights have become an increasingly thorny issue in Singapore's traditionally...
  • India re-elected to UN Economic and Social Council 2 days ago

    United Nations: India on Wednesday overwhelmingly won its re-election to the United Nations' body on economic and social issues, the win coming just a week after it got re-elected to the world body's human rights council. India was re-elected to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) after it got...
  • British man loses legal bid as court tells him nudity is not a human right 2 days ago

    London: A British man who spurns clothes has lost a legal bid to have public nudity declared a human right. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Stephen Gough's rights were not violated by repeated arrests and convictions for being naked in public. The court said Gough's legal woes were...
  • 2013-14 devastating for human rights: UN October 22, 2014

    United Nations: The UN human rights chief says 2013-2014 was "a year of devastating impact on human rights" and he blames rising inequality and exclusion for much of the unrest that has swept across the world in recent years. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the UN General Assembly's human rights...
  • Child right is a matter of international concern: Justice Lokur October 18, 2014

    Shillong: Supreme Court Judge, Justice Madan B Lokur on Saturday said that child rights is a matter of international concern and it is time that the issue needs to be concentrated at the national sphere by breaking 'compartmental-barriers'. "We now have to concentrate on the...
  • Indian American named to lead US civil rights division October 16, 2014

    Washington: Indian-American lawyer Vanita Gupta has been chosen to lead US justice department's civil rights division charged with enforcing laws that prevent discrimination and inequitable practices in housing, education and employment. Named Acting Assistant Attorney General Wednesday, the first South Asian American lawyer to get the job, is expected to be...
  • Free education for transgender kids in Delhi schools October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Transgender children will study in Delhi schools free with Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday approving their admission under the category of "disadvantaged group" defined by the Right to Education Act. It means these kids will be eligible for 25 per cent reservation under the economically weaker section (EWS)...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • Pakistan Hindus demand dual voting rights for non-Muslims October 14, 2014

    Lahore: A leading Hindu organisation in Pakistan on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding the government and all political parties to bring a constitutional amendment allowing non-Muslims to cast dual vote to elect their representative of national and provincial assemblies. They also demanded increase in the number of reserved seats for Hindu...
  • Meerut Love Jihad row: Girl denies rape, forced conversion to Islam October 13, 2014

    Meerut: In a recent development, there is a new twist to the Meerut love jihad case. Weeks after Bhartiya Janta Party has raked up the issue, the woman at the center of the controversy who alleged forceful conversion in Meerut has now claimed that she is under pressure from her...
  • 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. ...
  • Right to be forgotten: Google receives over 1,000 requests a day October 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Google is being swamped with demands from Europeans trying to erase humiliating links to their past from the world's dominant Internet search engine. Nearly 145,000 requests have been made in the European Union and four other countries by people looking to polish their online reputations, according to numbers the...
  • Kailash Satyarthi of Bachpan Bachao Andolan wins Nobel Peace Prize October 10, 2014

    Kailash Satyarthi of Bachpan Bachao Andolan shared the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. ...
  • Proud that father's relentless crusade against child slavery has been recognized, says Satyarthi's daughter October 10, 2014

    Overjoyed that her father won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Kailash Satyarthi's daughter related episodes of her father's relentless crusade against bonded labour, child marriage, and child trafficking, mentioning the numerous times when her entire family was threatened to stop working towards the freedom of children trapped in prostitution or...
  • Kailash Satyarthi: a trailblazer in struggle for child rights October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi gave up his job as an electrical engineer to dedicate himself to protecting and advancing child rights for over three decades now, freeing 80,000 child labourers and giving them new hope in life. It is largely due to his doggedness and zeal that...
  • I won't sit till I free every child from the clutches of slavery, says Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Expressing his gratitude after the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize jointly to Child's Rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, Satyarthi said that the award was a recognition of those millions of children still trapped in slavery. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, Satyarthi said, "I...
  • Japan court orders Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past October 10, 2014

    Tokyo: A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past in a new "right to be forgotten" order following a landmark ruling in Europe. The Tokyo District Court ordered Google Japan on Thursday to remove search results that hinted at the man's relations with a...
  • UNGA asks Security Council to refer North Korea to ICC October 9, 2014

    United Nations: A draft resolution for the UN General Assembly's human rights committee encourages the Security Council to consider referring the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court. A copy obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the council should follow the recommendations of a UN commission of inquiry...
  • 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...
  • Chimpanzees are entitled to 'legal personhood': NY court hears arguments that chimps have rights October 9, 2014

    Albany, NY: A state appeals court will decide in coming weeks whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in a case that could lead to expanded rights for animals such as gorillas, elephants and dolphins, according to the lawyer advocating for a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy. Attorney Steven Wise argued before...
  • Indian diaspora requests Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant voting rights to NRIs September 28, 2014

    New York: Overseas wing of the BJP in the US has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider granting voting rights to non-resident Indians (NRIs) besides opening more consulates to facilitate the diaspora community. "NRIs should be granted voting rights. This can be done either by mail or by voting in...
  • Sri Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against UN rights probe September 27, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the UN's war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal civil war. A government statement said the countries in a joint statement had termed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution passed last...
  • Indian-origin girl from US among 3 nominated for International Children's Peace Prize September 26, 2014

    The Hague: An Indian origin girl is among three children who have been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize 2014. The International Children's Peace Prize is an initiative of the Amsterdam-based children's rights organisation 'KidsRights', Xinhua reported. The children who have been nominated are Neha from the US, along with Alexey...
  • Minister resigns over Spain's failed abortion reform September 24, 2014

    Madrid: Spain's justice minister resigned over a failed bid to restrict women's right to abortion, which had sparked mass protests and international condemnation. The reform claimed the first scalp in Spain's conservative government since it took power in 2011, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, 55, a top member of the ruling Popular Party...
  • More than 3,500 killed in Ukraine conflict: UN September 24, 2014

    Berlin: The UN human rights office says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 3,543 if the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are included. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Right Ivan Simonovic says the actual figure "is likely to...
  • Give reasons for seeking information under RTI: Madras High Court September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In a serious blow to transparency regime in the country, the Madras High Court has said RTI applicants must give reasons for seeking information as it gave relief to its Registry from disclosing file notings on a complaint against a chief metropolitan magistrate. A division bench comprising justices...
  • Museum on human rights opens in Canada September 20, 2014

    Toronto: Governor General of Canada David Johnston inaugurate the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba in central Canada on Friday. The Museum can play a vital role in helping to engage in dialogue, to learn and to stand up for what is right and good, Xinhua quoted Johnston as...
  • Ujjain: 13 VHP, Bajrang Dal activists arrested for attacking Vikram University VC September 17, 2014

    Ujjain: Thirteen Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists were arrested on Wednesday in connection to the commotion caused by a group of allegedly right wing activists at the University of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Vice Chancellor of Vikram University Jawahar Kaul suffered a minor attack and had to...
  • Men's helpline gets 25,000 calls over four months September 17, 2014

    Kolkata: SIF, the mobile app launched five months ago for the protection of men's rights, has received a mega response in the last four months. The app, launched by Save India Family Foundation NGO, has received 25,000 calls in the last fourfive months. It was launched to help men at...