Human Rights

The universal message of Sikh tenets

The greatness of the Indian culture lies in the fact that it retained those values which are essential for spiritual as well as temporal needs of humanity and kept on abandoning, periodically, those practices which had lost their relevance according to the imperatives of the time and place...

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Eight states to get Hindu minority status in Hindu majority nation

National Commission for Minorities has set up a three-member committee to study the matter to give minority status to Hindus in eight states including Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab...

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Hats off to UN who vows to bring back around 15000 migrants from Libya

“We will bring back the migrants trapped in Libya” says International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing. He has committed IOM to fully support this week’s initiative of the African Union with the European Union and Libya’s Government of National Unity, with UN backing to alleviate the plight of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya...

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Be careful! One to be imprisoned for three yrs if utters ‘Talaq’ for 3 times in one go

Triple talaq is an evil practice that ruins the whole life of a woman. But now anyone who utters Talaq for three times in one go will be imprisoned for three years with fine...

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Situation of Hindu Rohingyas aggravating, Dhaka NGO initiates “Donate To See Hindu Rohingyas Alive” campaign

The Dhaka based Research and Empowerment Organization which is working for Hindu Rohingyas has appealed the global audience and human rights organisations to donate for the refugee Hindu Rohingya families mostly women and children whose husbands and fathers have been slaughtered by the Muslim Rohingya goons. ..

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From Myanmar to Bangladesh: Hindu Rohingyas slaughtered, deprived, discriminated and still suffering

Prof. Chandan Kumar Sarkar, the Human Rights champion of Bangladesh and head of Research and Empowerment Organization based in Dhaka, has published a fact-finding report on the unseen and neglected plight of the Hindu Rohingyas who are migrating from Myanmar to Bangladesh after facing brutal attacks by the Rohingya Muslim goons who killed the male Hindu members and are forcing Hindu females to marry the and convert to Islam. ..

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Operation Insaniyat: India sends 55 tonnes of relief material for Rohingya Muslim Refugees in Bangladesh

Day by day the influx of Rohingyas in Bangladesh is escalating as they have been severely facing the ‘humanatarian’ crisis after forced to leave from the Rakhine state of Myanmar; on the grounds of ‘Humanity’, Indian Army extended their assistance and launched ‘Operation Insaniyat’ which provided 55 tonnes of relief material to the affected Rohingya people in Bangladesh...

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Hounded by ISIS, Yezidis demand for creation of separate ‘Yezidi Autonomous Region’

The Yezidi leader demanded that the United Nations, US, Canada, UK, EU and other members of the international community to intervene with the Iraqi Government, and support the creation of an “Autonomous Region” for the Yezidis and other minorities in the Sinjar region and Nineveh Plain, under the protection of international forces and directly tied to Baghdad's Central government. This right is already guaranteed under the Iraqi constitution, article 125, but it needs implementation! This is the ..

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We are here to tell the world, Civilians in conflict are not a target

Antonio Guterres..

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Communist party is losing its turf, hence instigating violence: Dattatreya Hosabale

Expressing concern over the repeated cases of violence against the RSS workers in Kerala Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sah-sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale asserted that Communist party was losing its turf in the state with the rise of RSS...

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#JeaySindhudesh : State Atrocities against student activism of Sindh

In Sindh, JSSF was banned totally, Later in 1986, a long-bus carrying top-leadership & many activists heading to attend the conference in Medical college at Larkana was hurdled by Pakistan's Army At Jamshoro & Opened bullet fires. In result, Four of the leaders died on the spot, scores were severely wounded & hundreds were arrested by Pakistan's Army. They were detained for a long time or imprisoned without any charges against them. These type of the atrocities continue till today. ..

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Malala Yousafzai urges world leaders to invest in education for children in conflict-stricken countries

Highlighting the needs and importance of educations for those kids who are displaced from their motherland, Noble Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai during her first visit to Iraq called on world leaders to invest in education for children in conflict-stricken countries. She said, “Education is necessary to protect children both now and in the future.”..

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Saudi Arabia grants full access to sports, physical education for girls in public schools  

Bringing a major reform in an education system, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that the girls in public schools now onwards will have full access to sports, physical education etc. Notably, the major reform comes after years of calls by women across the kingdom demanding greater rights and access to sports...

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Andaman to take strict action on video, photos of Jarawa community uploaded on YouTube

Taking a cognizance of objectionable videography and photographs of the protected Jarawa and other tribal communities of the Andaman Islands on ‘Youtube’ social media platform, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribe (NCST) has initiated sternest action against it...

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The number of flowing refugee, migrant from Libya to Europe increasing with time

The fraught, famine, civil war, Islamic group problems are hitting Africa badly. With the increase in such problems, the refugee problem is mounting globally. To find secured better shelter, migrants from West and Central Africa are traveling to Europe. Though the danger in the route from Libya to Europe kills many migrants, movements have increased there. United Nations refugee agency has completed a study which indicates an increase of the movement...

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Bengal Child right Commission summons Bimal Gurung for children's presence in protest march

Gorkhaland issue now seems a long-lasting unsolved problem of West Bengal. The government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha both are playing the game of increasing pressure on each other. GJM supporters burnt down important documents of GTA, started setting fire in important administration offices. But on last Monday, going one step further Morcha used children in their protest march from Singmari to Chawkbajar. Repetition of the same incident twice in a week has resulted into a show cause notice by the ..

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Human Rights abuse in Pakistan

Pakistani parliament has given extraordinary power to law enforcement agencies in Gilgit-Baltistan which are used to suppress the Shia population of the region. The authorities can detain anyone without due process of law, engage in electronic surveillance, conduct search and seizures, and use military force wherever deemed necessary...

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8 UAE princesses convicted in Belgium after found guilty of human trafficking, degrading treatment to servants

Eight Princesses from the United Arab Emirates have been convicted in Belgium after they were found guilty of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants. However, they were acquited of the more serious charge of inhumane treatment. Earlier, the princesses were given a 15-month suspended jail term and ordered to pay a £145,000 each, half the sum is suspended...

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Forced conversions… a nightmare for Pakistani Hindus

Facing the heat of orthodox societal hegemony the life of Hindus based in Pakistan have become miserable with the emerging problem of forceful conversion resulting in mass exodus of Hindus from Pakistan. According to leading newspaper The Nation, Hindu girls are being abducted forcibly converted and then married to Muslims...

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Darjeeling terms Internet Shutdown as human rights violation based on a UN resolution

Darjeeling unrest has been troubling everyone in the Hill area and near vicinities since a week. The Gorkha land issue has totally devastated the stable situation there. Police and GJM supporters’ clashes are now commonplace incidents. Amidst such violence, the Bengal Government instructed to shut down the internet in the area for days. Since Sunday there is no internet connection. Regarding this situation, the local people have questioned the violation of human right by the government over a UN speech...

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Indian army believes in human rights: asserts Army Chief Gen Rawat

Chief of the Indian Army Gen. Bipin Rawat Saturday asserted that there was no human rights violation by the Indian armed forces in the Kashmir valley...

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European Union slams Pakistan's stand on Kulbhushan Jadhav, poor rights record

Dual facing Pakistan is been criticized in all over the world and India has played a very important role in exposing Islamabad’s dirty policies of backstabbing via spreading terrorism in other countries. Now, European Union slammed Pakistan as it adopted a resolution raising concern over the lack of civilian jurisdiction in the nation as well as on Kulbushan Jadhav row...

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The issue of NGO Law in Egypt leads to international outrage

Recent decisions of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have created an outrage among Egyptian citizens. On Monday, Egypt issued a new law regarding the activities of non-governmental organizations. The new law bounds the limit of NGO work only to social and developmental work. The draft of the law was first ratified in last November. The controversial law has been criticized by human right organizations...

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#LGBT: Taiwan legitimizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan has taken a unique step of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). Taiwan’s Council of Grand Justices on Wednesday ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, said banning current civil law of marriage between a man and a woman is unconstitutional and that the legislature has two years to either amend the law or create a new law...

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NHRC asks Jharkhand govt over the abduction and recruitment of children by Maoists

The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Government of Jharkhand, through its Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, calling for a report after taking suo motu cognizance of a news article about abduction and recruitment of children by Maoists in Jharkhand. ..

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Dark Age returns! African migrants traded in 'Slave Markets' of Lybia

Long back in school history lectures we were taught that there were slave markets. Unfortunately, the present has suddenly started copying past in Lybia. Hundreds of migrants are migrating through North African migration routes every day. They are being the victim of the modern-day slave market...

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India, the new head of UN-Habitant will work toward urban future

Venkaiah Naidu, Urban Development, Housing Minister has been elected as the president of UN-Habitat in GC 26 summit, Kenya. UN-Habitat works in more than 70 countries in the world. It works in a large area of urban policy to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world. India consistently worked to achieve success in this mission through various policies...

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317 Iraqi civilians killed, 403 injured in various acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict

As many as 317 innocent Iraqi civilians were killed and 403 others were injured in various acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq during April 2017. United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) revealed this shocking report which shows the actual face of the conditions in Iraq...

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NHRC notice to Delhi Hospital over lack of equipments in operation theatre

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that one of the biggest hospitals of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is running without necessary equipment. Its Anesthesia Department is operating without monitors and boiling instruments. Even the blood pressure monitoring apparatus is not available, resulting in hardships to the poor patients, said NHRC...

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Kulbhushan, Baloch Rights and Bosnian War Crimes

A brief account of an abysmal human rights track record of Pakistani Army, its paralysed judiciary and inhuman law enforcement agencies..

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India didn’t execute a single person in 2016; registers 81% growth in imposing death sentences

Although in the year 2016, India did not execute a single person but there is a hike of 81 percent in imposing death sentences. Notably, India in the year 2016 imposed 136 death sentences which was significantly higher in the year 2016 as compared to 75 death sentences in 2015...

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Executions worldwide dropped by 37%; China remains on top

Although, the number of executions worldwide is dropped down by 37% in 2016 as compared to the last year i.e 2015 but still China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan has executed most of the peoples. However, China remains on top and US for the first time is not in top five nations...

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India into the ferocious jaws of 'freedom of expression'

Unlike in any other countries in the world, this is a glaring fault-line noticed in India. Well, is it the journalistic propriety to applaud and make heroes of such treacherous youths who speak the language of terror and “defend” the activities of terrorists?..

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Guterres urged members to uphold the rights of all people in face of rising populism, extremism

Addressing the top United Nation human rights body for the first time since becoming Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres appealed to world governments to speak up for human rights in an “impartial way.”Guterres also urged member states to uphold the rights of all people in the face of rising populism, extremism and said, "We will advance security by advancing dignity, justice, equality and the rule of law.”..

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Pinki’s Story: Representative tale of Hindu Minor Girls raped in Bangladesh

On 14th December, Pinkis’ father informed to Research and Empowerment Organization–REO asking for help. Bikash Sornokar, head of REO at Bogra complained to the officer in Charge at Gabtoli Thana, Bogra and did a FIR under a section of child and women Nirjaton act 2003 on that day. Police officer ensured us that the perpetrator will arrest soon. ..

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VHPA deplores USCIRF report on minorities, Dalits in India

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) has taken a strong objection and expressed deep concern over the report published by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on religious minorities in India...

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Hindu refugees from Pakistan start receiving Aadhaar cards in their 'Hindusthan'

The Hindus who fled Pakistan for a better life with dignity are still struggling to find one. The refugees here desperately need work. A look around the place reveals their living conditions. Fragile shanties put together using bamboos, reed and plywood. For those who can afford it, there are tarpaulin/plastic sheets to save them from rain...

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Attack on Hindus in Bangladesh rising; Bigger plot underway?

The rising attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh point out a systematically planned line of strategy to drive out Hindus from Bangladesh to grab their land and belongings. Media reports from Bangladesh have to give eyewitness accounts about how the local mosques were playing a role of the broadcaster to incite attacks against Hindus...

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Why #GodhraCarnage not a Human Rights story in Secular India?

16 Years after, the Godhra massacre remains a forgotten story around which many rumours got engulfed. It's still not a human rights story for many!..

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Is Political Atmosphere of Bangladesh getting increasingly sectarian?

The political atmosphere of Bangladesh is taking more and more communal turn over the years. The word secularism was amendment from the constitution in 1977. Islam was declared as state religion in 1988. The rise of communal political parties in last decade has further vitiated the atmosphere. As a result there are only 12 Hindu members of parliament today out of 350. Generally Awami league was considered as a party accommodative of minorities...

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Yes, we worship Cows, that is our right: Pakistani Hindu lawmaker tells his colleagues

Voicing the rising concerns of Hindus in Pakistan in an unprecedented and bold yet rational manner, Hindu lawmakers Lal Malhi on Saturday advised his colleagues in the National Assembly not to target the Hindu faith while criticising India. in the lower house of of Pakistan parliament during the ongoing budget session, fully condident Malhi in the most audacious way said: "In ko galiyan deni hoti hai India ko, ye galiya de dete hai Hindu ko; kya kasoor hai hamara yaha pe?"...

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Hindus in Bangladesh: Case studies of vanishing People of vanishing community

The world has seen how Jews acting as a strong lobby in international politics have achieved the security of Jewish community worldwide and garnered support for Israel on various global platforms. But it is unfortunate for Hindus in Bangladesh. However, the Hindus of Bangladesh should increase the global network of that to mobilize a global opinion and pressure in support of Bangladesh Hindus. India, which should be the natural support base for Hindus anywhere in the world, prefers to remain mute ..

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‘Solar Impulse’ great inspiration for India to go solar

Solar Impulse, voyaging around the world without fuel or pollution, have begun a new chapter in the books of golden history of aviation and stretched its wings to a whole new level of solar energy usage...

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When will there be an end to the plight of minorities in Bangladesh?

Today, the violence and discrimination against minorities, especially Hindus by the Muslim community in Bangladesh has increased tremendously. Different the sources of the news and media published the news that the rate of violence and raped and tortured has been increased and that is alarming for the overall Bangladesh and as well as Hindu community of Bangladesh. Physical tortured, forcefully conversion, raped and religious discrimination now is common in everywhere in Bangladesh. Without the precaution ..

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Hindus in Bangladesh speak out against chronic human rights violations: UNHRC listening?

Human rights in Bangladesh have forcefully demanded an independent and neutral investigation into incidents of repression on the minorities. Seeking justice for the victims, the organizations demanded that the attackers be brought to book...

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Time is Running Out for Bangladesh’s Hindus—and for us

Take a look at Pakistan where Hindus are down to one percent or Kashmir where they are almost gone. Take a look at the future of Bangladesh’s Hindus if we do not act...

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Human Rights Commissions: The India Story

The India story of the Human Rights Commissions in states is a pitiful state of affairs. As per the National Human Rights Commission data, out of 28 Indian States, five states have not constituted State Human rights commissions. Notably all those States are the North Eastern states...

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Haryana teachers suspended for not providing mid-day meals

At least three school head masters have been suspended in Haryana's Fatehabad district for not providing mid-day meals in their institutions, an official Tuesday said...

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India asks world to protect journalists in conflicts

Stressing that protection of journalists in all situations is the foremost responsibility of every state, India has urged the international community to further augment responsive mechanisms to deal with these issues...

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Experts welcome apex court decision on juvenile age

Adolescent behavioural experts and child rights activists Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict striking down the plea to reduce the age of juvenile from 18 to 16 years and dismissing the contention that minors involved in heinous crimes should not be protected under the law...

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Bring 11 imprisoned Indians from Sri Lanka: MMK

The Tamil Nadu government should complete the formalities fast so as to bring to jails here 11 Indian prisoners now languishing in Sri Lankan jails, said a leader of the MMK Wednesday...

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Myanmar 'to free all political prisoners by 2014'

President Thein Sein of Myanmar promised on July 16 to release all political prisoners by the end of this year, in a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London. ..

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Australian couple jailed for racial attack on Sikh man

A court in Australia has sentenced a husband and wife couple to nine months in jail for a racially motivated attack on a Sikh man...

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Obama pushes for immigration reforms

Making a push for immigration reforms, a key priority of his second term agenda, President Barack Obama has said a bill without a path to citizenship for illegal residents "does not make sense." ..

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Delhi street children face abuse, violence, says Assocham

Nearly all children living on the streets of the national capital are exposed to abuse and violence, and majority of them face harassment from police, reveals a new study released here Tuesday. ..

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Reject anti-woman law: HR Watch tells Afghan parliament

Afghanistan's parliament should reject a proposed criminal law revision that would effectively deny women legal protection from domestic violence, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. ..

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Ruckus over Italian senator calling woman minister 'orangutan'

Italy’s political circles are in news again for all wrong reasons - a senior conservative senator has called integration minister, Congo-born Cecile Kyenge, as an ‘orangutan’...

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US Sikh group to serve Badal summons in India

A US Sikh group has engaged a Washington firm to serve two US federal court summons on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on charges of human rights violations in India. ..

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WB Rights panel directs Mamata to compensate farmer branded as Maoist

Human rights commission has pulled down West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her remarks against a farmer. The panel has ordered the state government to pay Rs 2 lakh compensation to the farmer Shiladitya Chowdury whom Mamata had branded as a Maoist...

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Angela Merkel favours surveillance for citizens' security

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended German intelligence services and intelligence cooperation with other countries, saying that the intelligence work is essential for the security of citizens. ..

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Rohingyas reluctant to return to Myanmar

In May 2012, this group of Rohingyas had crossed over into India from Bangladesh. They had fled Myanmar fearing attacks on them from Buddhists in the violence that spread through Myanmar's Rakhine province (also known as Arakan). ..

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1984 riots: High court takes up plea against Sajjan

The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea of kin of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, challenging his acquittal in a case...

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China has relocated 2m Tibetans: Report

More than two million Tibetans in China have been forced to change homes or relocate in a government-sponsored program that is damaging their traditional culture and rural lifestyle, a human rights monitoring group said. ..

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42 dead in Cairo, army blames Morsi supporters

At least 42 people were killed Monday in clashes outside a military facility in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, the country's health ministry said, as army said it was a result of an attack by ousted president Mohamed Morsi's supporters...

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'Justice for Hindus' voices concern over Hindus in Pak, B’desh

Justice for Hindus, a social activist group focusing on ending human rights violations against Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh, organized an event at Unions Square of New York City near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue by Vincent Bruno. ..

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UAE women leaders visit US to discuss women's empowerment

A delegation of women from the UAE government, business and media recently visited Washington D.C. and New York City and met their peers in the US government to address common challenges in women's issues...

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VHP fumes as NCM honours Catholic priest working in Kandhamal

Ignoring the warnings of the Odisha State government and neglecting the opposition voiced by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) the National Minority Commission promoted by UPA Governmnet Friday honoured the Catholic Priest who allegedly played a controversial role in sensitive tribal area of Kanadhamal in Odisha. ..

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NHRC seeks explanation over 2010 Assam shootout

Questioning the authenticity of a shootout in which two people were killed in Assam, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the state government why it should not recommend compensation for the victims’ kin...

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NHRC seeks explanation over 2010 Assam shootout

Questioning the authenticity of a shootout in which two people were killed in Assam, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the state government why it should not recommend compensation for the victims’ kin...

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Dalai Lama wants to meet ailing Mandela

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama wants to pay his respects to his ailing friend and former South African president Nelson Mandela, an aide said here Monday. ..

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A momentous week of US decisions impacting Indians

From the passage of a comprehensive Senate immigration bill to a series of US Supreme Court rulings on minority voting rights to gay marriages, it was a week of momentous decisions with wide implications for Indians...

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Mandela's life should inspire African youths: Obama

US President Barack Obama urged the youths of Africa Saturday to follow the footsteps of former South African president Nelson Mandela in building a bright future for their countries. ..

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Russia to increase penalty for religious extremism

Russia is considering to increase the penalty for religious extremism to severe level. Human Rights activists are critising the move, as they have also opposed the old law which is in place as ‘being misused to clampdown on innocents’. It is notable that the Russian prosecutors had sought a ban on Indian holy book Bhagvat Gita under the same law. ..

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Russia upset by UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry has described a resolution on Syria passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council as “biased” and said that it is an attempt to legitimize one particular Syrian opposition group...

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Malaysia panel to probe 2 ethnic Indians' custodial deaths

Malaysia's Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) has named an eight-member panel, including two independent consultants, to investigate the death in police custody of two Indian-origin men in that country. ..

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Crime against women is deprivity of human nature : Mukherjee

Feeling “hurt” by the Delhi gangrape and other recent incidents of crimes against women, President Pranab Mukherjee today said a society which cannot provide security and dignity to its women is not worth considering a civilised one...

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Educational status of Dalits in Pak’s Sindh

Pakistan is ignoring basic human rights of the minorities in Pakistan. Hindu Dalits are facing tremendous troubles in surviving day to day life. Education is not for them, Pakistan authorities think. Chander Kolhi writes from Pakistan… ..

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For children of a lesser god, it's about abuse, slavery

June 12 is World Day Against Child Labour..

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Assam Rifles deny charges of extra-judicial killings

Assam Rifles Director General Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh Friday denied that his troopers were involved in any extra-judicial killing during their counter-insurgency operations in India's northeastern states. ..

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UN expert urges India to probe extra-judicial killings

"A credible commission of inquiry into extra-judicial executions in India, or at least in the areas most affected by extra-judicial executions, should be appointed by the government," UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns said. ..

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China goes on repressing fundamental rights of Tibetans, blames Amnesty International

A new report on China has painted a grim picture of the world’s most populous country’s human rights record and revealed that Chinese authorities in Tibet continue to repress the fundamental rights of the Tibetan people...

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US puts India on ‘watch list’ for violations of religious freedom

The US has once again put India on the ‘Watch List’ for religious violation, though it has applauded country's inherent mechanisms that address violations of such a freedom...

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Hindus living 'dangerously' in Balochistan

Though Hindus have richly contributed in the economic prosperity and development of Pakistan's restive Balochistan province since pre-partition days, they are today faced with the dilemma of survival and living "dangerously"...

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US activist invokes Gandhi for gun rights

A US gun rights activist is invoking Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence, in asking 1,000 supporters to march into the American capital on its July 4 Independence Day carrying loaded rifles. ..

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Several boats carrying Rohingya Muslims capsize off Myanmar coast

Several overcrowded boats carrying more than 100 Rohingya Muslims trying to escape an approaching cyclone have capsized off the coast of western Myanmar. The United Nations says only 42 are known to have survived...

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Home guards keep Delhi buses safe at night

Around 120 home guards have been specially roped in to provide security on night buses run by 21 bus depots. The Delhi government took the decision to post home guards after the brutal Dec 16, 2012 gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in south Delhi. ..

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Omar Abdullah apologizes to Sanaullah's family

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday offered his "sincere apology" to the family of Sanaullah who died in a Chandigarh hospital six days after being attacked in a Jammu jail...

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India will hand over Sanaullah's body: Shinde

India will send back the body of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah, who succumbed to his injuries sustained in an attack in Jammu's Kot Bhalwal jail, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Thursday...

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Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah dies

Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay who was in a hospital here after being attacked in a Jammu jail last week died Thursday morning, doctors said...

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Indian-Origin Mayor Racially Abused in South Africa

An Indian-origin South African Mayor has accused a government official of racially abusing him and asking him to "go back to India", an incident dubbed as unwarranted backlash over the controversial Gupta wedding...

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SC raps J&K over lack of foresight in Sanaullah attack

The Supreme Court Wednesday frowned on the failure of the Jammu and Kashmir government to anticipate the possibility of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah being attacked in jail in the wake of the death of Sarabjit Singh after being assaulted in a Lahore jail...

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Don't execute my husband, Bhullar's wife tells SC

Navneet Kaur, the wife of death row terror convict Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, Tuesday moved the Supreme Court for suspension of the execution of her jailed husband in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast that killed nine people...

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Sanaullah's family members arriving in India

Two members of the family of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who is in a Chandigarh hospital after being attacked in a Jammu jail, are coming to India Tuesday to meet him, Pakistani officials said here...

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Sikh groups protest near parliament

Sikh groups staged a protest near the parliament complex Monday against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, blocking traffic in the heart of the national capital...

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Take up Sarabjit issue with IHRC: Ajmer Dargah head to Centre

Expressing grief over the death of Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani hospital, the head of Ajmer Dargah, Diwan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, who refused to assist Pak PM’s prayer in Ajmer dargah, demanded that the Indian government takes up the matter with International Human Rights Commission..

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Sarabjit's kin to move to an International Court

Family of slain Sarabjit Singh on Sunday said that they would move an International Court of Justice over the death of the Indian prisoner in Pakistan following a brutal attack by jail inmates...

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Pakistani officials visit injured prisoner in Chandigarh

Pakistani officials have visited a Chandigarh hospital where a comatose Pakistani prisoner is being treated, said the ministry of external affairs Saturday...

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Punjab assembly mourns Sarabjit's death, terms him martyr

A special session of the Punjab assembly Friday paid homage to Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner who died after a murderous attack in a prison in Pakistan...

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Inquiry on in attack on Pakistani prisoner: Shinde

An inquiry was on in the attack on a Pakistani prisoner in a jail in Jammu, union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here Friday...

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Pakistan seeks consular access to injured prisoner

Pakistan Friday expressed serious concern over the attack on a Pakistani prisoner in the high security Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu and sought immediate consular access to him, a statement from Pakistan High Commission said. ..

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Pakistani prisoner attacked in Jammu jail

A Pakistani prisoner in Kot Bhalwal jail on the outskirts of Jammu was critically injured when he was attacked by a fellow prisoner, a senior police official said Friday...

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Body of Sarabjit brought in India; state funeral Today

Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh's body was brought to India after he died in a Pakistani hospital early Thursday. He will be cremated Friday afternoon in Bhikhiwind with full state honours...

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Hundreds flock to see Sarabjit's body in Bhikhiwind

Hundreds of people flocked to this dusty Punjab town since early Friday to catch a last glimpse of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner who was killed in a brutal attack in a prison in Lahore, Pakistan...

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Sarabjit's death: Pakistan orders judicial probe

Pakistan Thursday ordered a judicial inquiry into the the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh. ..

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Details of Sarabjit's death to be shared with parliament

The government would share with parliament the details of the death of Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani hospital early Thursday days after a brutal assault in a Lahore jail, a minister said. ..

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Sarabjit gets death in Pakistan - but not from the noose

Sarabjit Singh - the impoverished family man from a Punjab village, the death row prisoner who languished for 23 years in Pakistan, the man who in death became the latest bone of contention in India-Pakistan ties - who died Thursday after being brutally assaulted by fellow prisoners in Pakistan, was of all these...

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Sarabjit's death abject failure of Pakistan: Manish Tewari

What happened to Sarabjit Singh was inhuman, barbaric and not the way in which a civilised state treats its prisoners, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Thursday, labelling the Indian's death as Pakistan's "abject failure"...

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It's cold blooded murder: Sushma on Sarabjit's death

"It is a cold blooded murder," said BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Thursday following the death of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan...

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Sarabjit's body to be handed over to Indian mission: Pakistan

Pakistan will hand over the body of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner who died Thursday in a Lahore hospital, to the Indian High Commission at the earliest, said the ministry of foreign affairs...

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It's the killing of our citizen: India on Sarabjit

The death of Sarabjit Singh in a Lahore hospital days after a brutal attack on him in a prison was "put simply, the killing of our citizen while in the custody of Pakistan jail authorities", the external affairs ministry said Thursday...

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Punjab town mourns Sarabjit's death

Sarabjit Singh's hometown Bhikhiwind Thursday mourned his death in a hospital in Lahore. ..

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Special aircraft to bring back Sarabjit's body

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Thursday told the family of Sarabjit Singh who died in a Lahore hospital that his body would be flown back to India in a special aircraft...

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Will try to get back Sarabjit's body soon: Shinde to family

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Thursday called on the family of Sarabjit Singh to offer condolences on the death of the Indian death row convict in a Lahore hospital and gave assurance that the government would try to get the body back "as soon as possible"...

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Sarabjit to get state-level funeral: Punjab government

The Punjab government Thursday announced that Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner who died in a Lahore hospital after a brutal attack on him, would be given a state-level funeral after his body is handed over and brought back to India...

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Pakistan didn't heed India's pleas: PM on Sarabjit's death

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said it was "particularly regrettable" that Pakistan "did not heed the pleas...to take a humanitarian view" of the case of Sarabjit Singh who died after being attacked in a Lahore jail...

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Pakistan sets up medical team for Sarabjit’s postmortem

A medical team is being constituted to conduct the postmortem examination of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh who died in a Lahore hospital Thursday, a media report said...

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Sarabjit should be declared a martyr: family

Sarabjit Singh, the Indian death row prisoner who died in a Lahore hospital early Thursday, should be given the stature of a "shahid" or, martyr, his family has said...

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Sarabjit's family learns of death from media

The family of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh first learnt of his death in a Lahore hospital through a media report, his family said from India Thursday...

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Sarabjit Singh dies in Lahore hospital

Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was admitted to a Lahore hospital after being savagely attacked in jail, died Thursday, a media report said...

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Sarabjit’s family fumes at ‘worthless’ UPA, wants PM to quit

Sabarjit Singh’s family has come down heavily on Manmohan Singh led UPA government and has asked prime minister to quit for not protesting his own citizen. After Pakistan government refused to get India’s assistance in Sarabjit’s treatment who is battling for life after brutal attack, disheartened family returned to India today...

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Unhappy with Pakistan, Sarabjit's family returns to India

The family of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, battling for life in Pakistan, returned to India Wednesday saying that they were dissatisfied with the way he was being treated and had been kept in the dark about his condition...

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India ranked 38th in Index of Democracy; US 21st

Even as it acknowledges India as the world's most populous democracy, the Economist magazine's Index of Democracy 2012 ranks India 38th among 165 nations with an overall score of 7.52...

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India seeks Sarabjit's release, Pakistan medical panel rejects shift

India Monday appealed to Pakistan to release critically injured Sarabjit Singh on humanitarian ground but a Pakistani medical board ruled that the Indian death row prisoner would continue to get treatment in that country...

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Peace group seeks probe into attack on Sarabjit

The Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) Sunday sought a high-level independent probe into the recent brutal attack on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian death row prisoner in a Lahore Jail...

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India to push hard for Sarabjit’s return, family leaves for Lahore

India has said that it will use the incident of deadly attack on row prisoner Sarabjit Singh as an additional ground to push hard to get him back to his homeland. Sarabjit's family has demanded that Pakistan should return her husband...

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UK set to outlaw caste discrimination

Caste discrimination is to be outlawed in the UK, as the government recently took a U-turn after its policy was rejected by the House of Lords for a second time, bringing much cheer to about 400,000 Dailts in the country...

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Britain set to protect Dalit rights

The upper house, the House of Lords, has voted twice in a month for legal protection to be given to the estimated 400,000 Dalits in the country. ..

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PM calls for women's safety

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday said "vast improvement" was needed to give women "security, safety and status" and asked people to work together to end "depravity" from society...

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Tibetan administration to take over Tibetan schools in India

More than 50 years after India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru took the initiative to open schools for Tibetan refugees, the Tibetan administration in exile is now all set to take over the 71 institutions functioning across the country...

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Bengal rights panel orders probe into chaining of undertrial

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission Wednesday asked the state police to probe the chaining of an arrested student activist to his hospital bed by the police. ..

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Bangladesh crackdown on bloggers escalates

Human Rights Watch said Dhaka should stop targeting individuals and media publishing stories the government deems objectionable and reaffirm its commitment to freedom of expression, a principle which the governing Awami League has long claimed to champion. ..

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Obama urged to protect religious minorities in Bangladesh

Protesting against the rise in violence against minorities in Bangladesh, Hindus of Bangladeshi-origin have gathered outside the White House here, asking US President Barack Obama to protect them and enlist radical Jamat-e-Islami as a foreign terrorist group. ..

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No evidence against me in anti-Sikh riots case: Tytler

Tytler is accused of instigating a mob that led to the murder of three men who had taken shelter at a Delhi gurdwara on November 1, 1984 ..

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Akali Dal welcomes reopening of Sikh riot case

Shiromani Akali Dal on Wednesday welcomed the Delhi court’s decision to re-open 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Jagdish Tytler, setting aside a CBI closure report giving clean chit to the Congress leader...

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Unusual Protest: hundreds of aggrieved tribals file RTI applications in a day

582 tribal farmers from Jawhar Taluka of Thane district have recorded their protest and demanded rightful information in an unprecedented manner filing RTI applications at the Additional Collector’s office at Jawhar. ..

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UAE urged not to deport Tamil refugees

Human Rights Watch has urged the UAE not to deport 19 Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka because they would be at serious risk of torture and persecution upon return. ..

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99 per cent special kids like regular school

The study has found that special needs of children with mental illnesses were "neither being identified nor being addressed seriously". ..

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Four child welfare homes in Tamil Nadu to be shut down

The move comes as part of Tamil Nadu's six-month drive to regulate welfare homes in the wake of reports of missing children. ..

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Togadia makes fervent appeal to President to save Hindus in Bangladesh, Pak

In a memorandum to the President Dr Togadia sought his intervention to stop attrocities against Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indian states of West Bengal and Assam...

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ABVP urges Government to ensure safety of Tamils

The student leader appealed to both the governments to resolve the issues amicably across the table. Such a step would consolidate the mutual relations between the two neighbours, he added. ..

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1984 Anti Sikh Riots : US strongly condemns but refuses to declare as ‘genocide’

After receiving a Petition on Sikh Massacre in 1984 in India, signed by more 30000 Sikhs the Obama administration has recognized it as a grave human rights violation but refused to declare as ‘Sikh Genocide’...

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US no to declare 1984 anti-Sikh riots as genocide

The White House response in this regard came months after a section of the Sikh community in the US launched an online petition campaign urging the Obama Administration to recognise the 1984 riots as genocide..

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Muslims seeking reformation in Geneva

Every spring, Geneva hosts the annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) where the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representing Islamic countries faces off with Muslim exiles seeking to end subjugation in the name of Islam. ..

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Shelter home: A boon for the homeless

The prosperity of any city can be judged by the way it cares for the less fortunate of its citizens. Despite several proposals to this effect, Nagpur lacks operable shelter homes for the many homeless on its streets...

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Ensure rehabilitation of Tamils, RSS tells Sri Lanka

The RSS also demanded restoration of civil and political rights to the Tamils in Sri Lanka..

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Muslim anger explodes against Bangladesh's Hindu community

Violence continues after the death sentence is imposed on the leader of an Islamic party convicted of war crimes. Homes and temples have been destroyed in various parts of the country. ..

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Lakhimpur’s missing 400 girls rock RS

“I am afraid. I put emphasis on this. If a dog of an IAS or IPS officer goes missing, police authorities swing into action and trace out the dog within 24 hour,” Anil Desai of Bachpan Bachao Andolan alleged. ..

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Vatican resists new UN move to protect women

More than 6,000 non-government groups are registered at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest events held at the UN headquarters, which regularly turns into a diplomatic battle. ..

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House of Lords votes to outlaw caste discrimination in UK

Discrimination on the grounds of caste should be outlawed in the UK, peers said as they defeated the government in a vote in the upper house of Parliament...

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Hindus under siege: ABVP for diplomatic pressure on Bangladesh

The minorities In Bangladesh who included Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had been repeatedly subjected to all kinds of inhuman atrocities like murder, arson, looting of properties desecration of holy places of worships and sexual harassment of women. ..

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Irom Sharmila charged for suicide attempt

Social activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on fast for about 12 years demanding the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), refused to plead guilty of attempting suicide on Monday. ..

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700,000 Russian children waiting to be adopted

Russia's recent adoption announcements leave American parents confused..

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Gulberg residents warn Teesta : Distribute funds collected for riot museum

Fed up with the motives of Teesta Setalvad milking from the Gujarat riots for several years, the residents of Gulbarg society have warned her to distribute funds collected for the ‘Museum’ and ‘memorial of Victims of communal violence’...

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No evidence of Sadhwi Pragya’s involvement in Malegaon blast : Why detained, asks Counsel

Pointing out that there is not even any tangent evidence brought on record by the prosecution which could attract even slightest culpability on Sadhwi Pragya Singh in the Malegaon Blast case, Senior Counsel Mahesh Jethmalani has challenged any further detention of her in the judicial custody. ..

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‘No Entry’ for propagandist NGOs in Gulbarg society on riot day

Saying that the NGOs and their aides have not done anything for us except lip service, residents demand complete ban on NGOs from by organizing various programs in the Gulberg Society and forcing them to participate...

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Gynecologist fights female feticide

The hospital celebrates the arrival of baby girls by distributing sweets ..

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Afzal's hanging barbaric, says NHRC member

The hanging of the parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was an "abomination" and a "barbaric" violation of human rights, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member Satyabrata Pal said here Tuesday...

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Shonar Bangladesh not so ‘Shonar’ for its minorities!

Shonar Bangladesh has not remained ‘Shonar’ for their citizens who are not Muslims. GHRD has voiced the plight of indigenous peoples, Hindus, Buddhists and other minorities in Bangladesh, whose Human Rights got violated worst in year 2011-2012...

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Government help is inadequate as homeless problems grow

In Kerala, many are yearning for a place to call home ..

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CIA was assisted by 54 countries in secret operations: Study

A new human rights report, which documents international involvement in CIA efforts, has revealed that some 54 countries aided and assisted CIA in its secret interrogation program years after Sept 11 attacks...

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Pakistan's Human Rights crisis worsened in 2012!

“Pakistan’s human rights crisis worsened markedly in 2012 with religious minorities bearing the brunt of killings and repression,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at Human Rights Watch. ..

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SC directs compulsory registration of FIRs in missing children cases

In a major breakthrough, the Supreme Court of India has passed landmark directions for registration of First Information Reports (FIRs) in every complaint of missing children in the country...

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US court to hear human rights case against Badal

A US federal judge has set an evidentiary hearing for Jan 29 in a human rights violations case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to resolve basic jurisdictional issues...

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Concerns for Human Rights or anti India motives?

It is ironical that the Human Rights entities are observed to be safeguarding the terrorists whether they are Maoists or Islamic jihadists, Human Rights have batted for perpetrators and not the victims of terror...

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