INDIA: Human Rights Council’s intervention sought concerning India’s violations of indigenous peoples’ rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2011 ALRC-CWS-18-04-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Eighteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status INDIA: Human Rights Council’s intervention sought concerning India’s violations of indigenous peoples’ rights The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to highlight the Government of India’s failure to ensure the rights of indigenous people in the country, particularly in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, where the indigenous population (also known as Scheduled Tribes or Adivasis) is predominant. India has amongst the largest concentrations […]

INDIA: Human Rights Council’s intervention sought concerning India’s violations of indigenous peoples’ rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2011 ALRC-CWS-18-04-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Eighteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status INDIA: Human Rights Council’s intervention sought concerning India’s violations of indigenous peoples’ rights The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to highlight the Government of India’s failure to ensure the rights of indigenous people in the country, particularly in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, where the indigenous population (also known as Scheduled Tribes or Adivasis) is predominant. India has amongst the largest concentrations […]

INDIA: Judicial transparency is not an act of charity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-STM-001-2011 January 4, 2011 A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: Judicial transparency is not an act of charity The Indian judiciary is once again in the news and this time too it is for appalling reasons. The national and regional media have been reporting in the past two weeks regarding the disproportionate wealth between the declared and known incomes, of some of the close relatives of the former Chief Justice of India, Justice K. G. Balakrishnan. The reports allege that this wealth was amassed in the past four years, during which Justice Balakrishnan served as the Chief Justice of the country. The fact that […]

INDIA: Bonded labour in India

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2010 ALRC-CWS-15-12-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 4 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status INDIA: Bonded labour in India Bonded labour is prohibited in India by law. Though the Constitution directly and indirectly prohibits the practice, vide Articles 21, 23 (1) and 24, a specific law that prohibits the practice, the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act was legislated only in 1976. Despite the statutory prohibition, bonded labour is widely practiced. The worst affected are the children, particularly those from the Dalit community. The practice is so prevalent in […]

INDIA: Is Justice Balakrishnan holding a devil’s brief?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2010 ALRC-STM-004-2010 A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: Is Justice Balakrishnan holding a devil’s brief? The opinion expressed by Justice K. G. Balakrishnan on encounter killings – a euphemism for extrajudicial executions in India – that ‘encounter killings’ are sometimes unavoidable is condemnable. That the former Chief Justice of India, now heads the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), paints a depressing picture for the victims of extrajudicial executions since the Chairperson has spoken his mind. Addressing the press earlier this week, Justice Balakrishnan said that “… encounters are unavoidable sometimes … the law and order problem is increasing. Criminals are taking law into […]

INDIA: Ignorance and pretence underscored in the new law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-STM-003-2010 July 28, 2010 A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: Ignorance and pretence underscored in the new law Over the past two years, India has been attempting to address problems adversely affecting its law enforcement agencies. These efforts, all of them initiated by the government, unfortunately are not capable of tackling the central issue concerning law enforcement — the question of torture. Use of torture is endemic in India. The police consider torture as an effective and thus essential tool for crime investigation and to maintain control over the people. The appreciation for torture among the rank and file of the law enforcement officers […]

INDIA: AFSPA promotes armed insurgency in Manipur

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2010 ALRC-STM-002-2010 A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: AFSPA promotes armed insurgency in Manipur On 5 November 2010, Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila, a Manipuri poet and human rights defender, will complete ten years of her indefinite hunger strike in Imphal, Manipur state. Sharmila started her fast on 5 November 2000, three days after the Malom massacre in Manipur. On that day, the Assam Rifles, a paramilitary unit stationed in the state, killed 10 civilians including women and children in an inhuman and vengeful act of retaliation, responding to an earlier ambush staged by the armed insurgents against the Assam Rifles. A decade since the […]

INDIA: Conscientious review required on the draft law against torture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2010 ALRC-STM-001-2010 A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: Conscientious review required on the draft law against torture The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the passing of the Prevention of Torture Bill 2010 by the Lok Sabha. The Bill to become a law will require it to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, before it is send to the President of India for assent. The ALRC is of the opinion that widespread practice of torture is the central deficit of India’s democracy. The AHRC’s review of the Bill is entitled Public debates required for a […]

INDIA: Threats to human rights defenders undermine democracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2010 ALRC-CWS-13-07-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Thirteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status INDIA: Threats to human rights defenders undermine democracy Mr. Jiten Yumnam is a human rights defender (HRD) and environmental activist working in the Indian state of Manipur. On 14 September 2009, the police arrested Jiten along with seven others in Manipur, in connection with First Information Report 178 (9)/2009 registered at Imphal West Police Station. After arrest the police tortured Jiten by applying electric […]