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Demolishing Human Rights in India

Demolishing Human Rights in India

Sabrang India / by Fr Cedric Prakash

This past year from December 2018, had two significant 70th anniversaries: first, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) and then, of the promulgation of the Constitution of India (November 26, 2019). It is quite certain that the makers of the Indian Constitution took inspiration from the UDHR. Strangely enough, as if on cue, everything possible is done by the powers that control the destiny of the nation, to demolish human rights and the values enshrined in the Constitution!
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Chhattisgarh: Story of another ‘encounter’

Chhattisgarh: Story of another ‘encounter’

The Indian Express / by Dipankar Ghose

On June 28, 2012, 17 people were killed in Chhattisgarh in what was then called “the biggest Maoist encounter”. With a judicial commission now punching holes in the official version of the incident, The Indian Express travels to Sarkeguda and finds that while much has changed in these years, some things haven’t — the memories of that night, and the wounds that refuse to heal.
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Maharashtra govt already has a review report on cases against Maratha, Dalit protesters

Maharashtra govt already has a review report on cases against Maratha, Dalit protesters

The Economic Times / by By Rashmi Rajput

A report prepared during the time of the Devendra Fadnavis govt lists only 56 out of a total 641 cases as serious. The list does not include cases linking prominent activists to the Elgaar Parishad event.
Mumbai: The new Maha Vikas Aghadi government has promised to review cases registered in the wake of the Koregaon Bhima violence and the Maratha quota stir, but a report on this filed by the Maharashtra police is already pending before the state home department.
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Not Just WhatsApp, Snooping Attack on Indian Activists Was Through Email Too

Not Just WhatsApp, Snooping Attack on Indian Activists Was Through Email Too


Photo: EFF

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

Mumbai: It was not just Israeli spyware Pegasus that was used to digitally spy on human rights defenders and journalists in India.
A clear pattern of another well-coordinated and effectively designed digital attack has now emerged – this time through emails. These emails, all tailor-made to suit the interests of the individual receiver, were sent out between September and October 2019.
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Will drop Koregaon Bhima cases: Uddhav to NCP leaders

Will drop Koregaon Bhima cases: Uddhav to NCP leaders

Times of India / by Prafulla Marpakwar & Swati Deshpande

MUMBAI: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday assured a delegation of NCP leaders that criminal cases filed against Dalit activists in connection with the violence at Bhima-Koregaon on January 2 and 3, 2018 would be withdrawn as early as possible …
The Bhima-Koregaon cases are different from the ones related to the Elgar Parishad rally held before the January violence. Nine activists held in the Elgar Parishad case have been accused of having links with the banned CPI (Maoist), which Pune police claim supported and funded the Elgar Parishad in Pune on December 31, 2017.
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Bhima Koregaon violence: NCP leaders ask Uddhav Thackeray to drop cases against Dalit protesters

Bhima Koregaon violence: NCP leaders ask Uddhav Thackeray to drop cases against Dalit protesters


Poster: Solidarity program Nov 2018

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

They claimed the youngsters were falsely implicated.
A delegation of the Nationalist Congress Party on Tuesday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to demand that the new state government withdraws cases against all Dalit protesters in connection with the violence at Bhima Koregaon in January 2018, reported The Times of India. The NCP is part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition government led by Thackeray.
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Bastar Fake Encounter Inquiry Report Vindicates Villagers

Bastar Fake Encounter Inquiry Report Vindicates Villagers


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The Wire / by Mahtab Alam

The inquiry report has found that there is no proof that any of the villagers killed or injured were Maoists. However, it has not recommended any compensation for the 17 villagers killed and 10 injured …

Sudha Bhardwaj had played a pivotal role in campaigning for this inquiry to reach a logical conclusion. Bhardwaj, who was subsequently arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case and is now lodged in Pune jail on charges of being a Maoist sympathiser, was instrumental in submitting the villagers’ affidavits to the commission.
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Security forces indicted for killing 17 villagers, including seven minors, in Chhattisgarh in 2012

Security forces indicted for killing 17 villagers, including seven minors, in Chhattisgarh in 2012


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Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

A judicial commission has indicted security forces for killing 17 civilians, including seven minors, in Sarkeguda village in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district in June 2012 …
The villagers were represented by a team of lawyers, including Yug Chaudhry, Shalini Gera and Sudha Bharadwaj, who was arrested last year in the Bhima Koregaon case and is currently in jail.
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Bhima-Koregaon Inquiry Commission: No sight of final report after 21 months

Bhima-Koregaon Inquiry Commission: No sight of final report after 21 months

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Pic: Solidarity banner, 2018

Hindustan Times / by Shalaka Shinde

Last extension ended on Nov 9; current extension to end in Feb 2020.
After 21 months and four extensions, the two-member Bhima Koregaon Inquiry Commission set up by the previous Devendra Fadnavis Government is nowhere close to submitting its findings into the causes of the caste riots that shook up Maharashtra in January 2018.
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