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The Conversation on Human Rights was Conveniently Buried During Modi’s US Visit

In an op-ed for The Hill, Cardin wrote, “India faces immense challenges posed in part by being the world’s second largest country, emerging from decades of debilitating poverty. Some religious minority communities face pressure and are subject to anti-conversion laws in some states. Non-governmental organizations face restrictions from increasing government interference. And most disturbingly, India is home to 18 million victims of human trafficking, the most in the world. These circumstances are not acceptable.” Cardin believes that a regular conversation on human rights issues is an “eminently reasonable thing for strategic partners to consider and embrace”.Though media coverage on Modi’s US visit was dominated by other issues, US concerns on human rights violations in India came up several times.This past week, Indian and American news agencies covered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington D.C. and the conversations he had with members of the US government and civil society. While Indian newspapers and television stations counted the number of standing ovations Modi received from the US Congress and published pictures of him signing autographs, they by and large failed to report the entire story.
Congressmen and women, civil society in the US and President Barack Obama all called on India to respect universal human rights, with many members of the Congress even advocating for the establishment of a formal dialogue on the subject. This part of the conversation – a call for improvement in democratic governance – cast a shadow over Modi’s entire visit and played a major role in the exchange. Nevertheless, it went largely unreported in the Indian press.


Indian Tribal activist Soni Sori- Burnt & bullied in ‘police state’ of Bastar

Posted by :kamayani On : February 29, 20160

Tribal activist Soni Sori, her face blackened with a chemical, after the attack on February 20. Picture courtesy Deshbandhu
Tribal activist Soni Sori, her face blackened with a chemical, after the attack on February 20. Picture courtesy DeshbandhuFeb. 20: A tribal activist alleging fake encounters in Maoist-hit Bastar has her face burnt with a chemical on a highway.
Feb. 7: A journalist reporting on alleged rape of tribal women by police has her home stoned by vigilantes, frightening her into leaving Chhattisgarh.Mid-Feb: Police summon and pressure landlords to evict women lawyers aiding arrested tribals and a former academic uncovering alleged police oppression.


Human rights violated by rich and powerful people: NHRC Chief

New Delhi, June 12, 2012,

Rich and powerful people violate human rights and this poses the biggest challenge to the society, NHRC chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan said today.

Addressing valedictory session of the month-long summer internship programme of the National Human Rights Commission, he said human rights will never lose their significance."Human rights are violated by rich and powerful people and this is the biggest challenge.However, these rights will never lose their significance; rather it will grow with their expanding dimensions and legal sanctity accorded to them," Justice Balakrishnan informed.


2011 'disappointing' for human rights in India, finds HRW
New York India's human rights record in 2011 got a thumbs down from a global rights group which has criticised the government for its inaction in repealing the controversial armed forces act and for remaining silent on the 'gravest abuses' in countries like Syria.
In its World Report 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) assessed progress on human rights during the past year in more than 90 countries. In India's case, HRW said it has been a 'disappointing year for human rights'.