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Human Rights

  • Fake Encounters for Personal Gain (February 05, 2007)
    Elements of the Indian army and paramilitary cooperated with rogue police officers to perpetrate several cold-blooded murders of innocent civilians in Kashmir and faking them as counter-insurgency encounters for personal recognition and awards.<More>

  • ICDS Needs Overhaul (January 18, 2007)
    Concern over poor implementation of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) has prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to write to all States and Union Territories asking them to set up a process of dealing with child development.<More>

  • NHRC Orders Compensation for STF Victims (January 17, 2007)
    In a landmark verdict, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) found the Special Task Force (STF) charged to capture now-dead criminal Veerappan guilty of perpetrating atrocities on civilians and order an interim compensation of Rs. 2.8 crore. <More>

  • Child Trafficking Lacks Focus (December 28, 2006)
    Campaign Against Child Trafficking (CACT), an umbrella organization of various groups working on the issue of child rights protested against the Karnataka government’s lack of focus to stem trafficking in women and children.<More>

  • Armed Forces Act Amendment (December 07, 2006)
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting Manipur said that his government will amend the Armed Forces Act withdrawing extraordinary provisions such as shoot-to-kill thus complying with demands made by many politicians of the North East (NE).<More>

  • Global Human Rights Panel in Sri Lanka (October 30, 2006)
    Responding to feedback mechanism from Indian interlocutors, Sri Lanka is actively considering a global human rights panel that will investigate allegations of human rights violations through a “full-fledged international human rights monitoring mission.”<More>

  • Torture, Censorship, and Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir (September 26, 2006)
    Human Rights groups say that in so-called ‘Azad’ (free) Kashmir , largely closed to international and independent scrutiny, the Pakistani Government represses democratic freedom, stymies the press and media, and uses torture as instrument of administration.<More>

  • UN Treaty Seeks to Curb Arms Trade (September 20, 2006)
    A draft resolution for an international arms trade treaty is being floated by Britain, Finland, Japan, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, and Kenya in the UN seeking to reduce human rights, limit the spread of terrorism, and reduce unintended suffering of millions.<More>

  • Disappearances on Rise in South Asia (September, 06 2006)
    As nations of South Asia fight terrorism, Amnesty International (AI) says that “enforced disappearances” of people is growing and while “new patterns” are emerging from Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.<More>

  • Maldives Nationals Attacked (July 22, 2006)
    Following unconfirmed reports of 2 Keralities being allegedly harassed by Maldives locals, 3 unidentified gangs attacked 6 houses in Thiruvanathapuram around midnight, occupied by Maldivian nations who are students and patients.<More>

  • European secret services colluded in CIA terror transfers  (July 04, 2006)
    Human Rights watchdog Council of Europe again accused intelligence agencies of several European nations to have colluded with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the illegal detention and transfer of terror suspects in or across the continent.<More>

  • Pak SC Orders Girl Trade Probe (July 04, 2006)
    Pakistan Supreme Court ordered an inquiry into a decision by a council of elders, or jirga, in a village in southern Sindh province to give away five minor girls in marriage as compensation for a double murder case.<More>

  • Sudan Stops UN Activities (June 28, 2006)
    The Sudanese Government asked local authorities in the western region of Darfur to immediately suspend UN all non-humanitarian activities in 3 states and allow only the World Food Program and other international aid agencies.<More>

  • US Promises to Respect Human Rights (June 21, 2006)
    With growing complaints from Europeans about US treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, the draft of a final statement prepared for the EU-US summit contained a pledge from US President George Bush that he will respect human rights in the war on terror.<More>

  • More Vocal European Protests on Guantanamo (June 13, 2006)
    The coordinated suicide deaths of the three suspected terrorists in Guantanamo have invited even the closest allies to criticize the US and question its methodology in fighting terror.<More>

  • US Cuts Pak Aid (June 13, 2006)
    The United States (US) cut its USD 701 million aid package to Pakistan citing deterioration in human rights, lack of progress on democracy, not doing enough on terror and also speculated for denying access to disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan.<More>

  • Three Prisoners Commit Suicide in Guantanomo (June 12, 2006)
    Three inmates at the US prison camp at Guantanomo Bay have reportedly committed suicide using bed sheets and personal clothing under mysterious circumstances that the US calls a "mystical" effort to free their peers.<More>

  • The CIA Terror Web (June 08, 2006)
    European Human Rights watchdog Council of Europe accused 20 countries, including many in Europe, of colluding with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to create secret prisons to transfer terror suspects and use torture as means of interrogation.<>

  • US Marines Killed in Cold Blood (June 01, 2006)
    A military investigation into the gory death of 38 civilians in Haditha, Iraq last November suggests that US Marines purposely shot to death 38 civilians in cold blood and instead claimed that they were killed in a roadside bomb attack.<More>

  • Amnesty Accuses US of Human Rights Violations (May 24, 2006)
    In its annual report of 2006, Amnesty International (AI) accused the US of gross human rights violations and double standards in its fight against terrorism and depreciated their credibility for not demanding more of allies engaging in abuses in fear of losing them.<More>

  • SLMM Says Lanka Army behind Civilian Killings (May 12, 2006)
    For the first time, the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has acknowledged that the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), sponsored militia, and rebel factions of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been behind civilian disappearances and extra-judicial killings.<More

  • Iraq Analysts Accuse US Army for Violations (March 23, 2006)

    Iraqi Police accused the US troops of a "clear and perfect crime" saying that they killed an entire family of 11, including 5 children and 4 women, when a patrol came under attack leading to the death of one of the members at Ishaqi.<More>

  • HRW Accuses LTTE (March 16, 2006)
    US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is extorting money from Tamil populations settled in Canada, Britain, and Europe often under threat of serious consequences.<More>

  • Annan Accuses US of Prisoners Torture (March 09, 2006)
    United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan released a report which characterized the US’s policy of detaining thousands of Iraqis without trial as “de facto arbitrary detention.”<More>

  • AI Accuses US, Allies for Prisoners Abuse (March 08, 2006)
    An Amnesty International (AI) report accused the United States and its allies occupying Iraq of mistreating prisoners saying, “from the outset the occupying forces attached insufficient weight to human rights considerations.”<More>

  • UNHCR Asks US to Close Guantanomo (February 20, 2006)
    Five independent investigators of the United Nations Commission of Human Rights (UNHCR) asked the United States to shut down the detention center at Guantanomo Bay.<More>

  • UNICEF Accuses LTTE (February 18, 2006)
    In response to a call from the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) announced that it release 28 child soldiers.<More>

  • NHRC Praises Karanataka (February 06, 2006)
    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that it is happy with the Karnataka's rehabilitation of tribal population displaced by the Kabini Reservoir and the Bandipur National Forest projects.<More>

  • HRCP Accuses Pak on Baloch Killing (February 04, 2006)
    The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has accused the Pakistan armed forces of indiscriminate bombing, killing, torture, and mysterious disappearances in Baloachistan.<More>

  • US Uses Systematic Torture (January 26, 2006)
    European Human Rights investigator and Swiss Senator Dick Marty said that the United States systematically used torture through third parties as a weapon against captured Taliban fighters and suspected terrorists.<More>

  • HRC Chides Pak for racist Policy (January 24, 2006)
    Bugti rebels attacked a Pakistani army base, telephone exchange, and Government offices in South Western Baloachistan province.

  • Gnanendra Curbs Civil Rights (January 20, 2006)
    In a major crackdown to thwart opposition to February elections, Nepal arrested scores of activists, cut cell phone services, and placed under house arrest senior leaders.<More>

  • HRW Slams Musharraf for Anti-Women Violence (January 20, 2006)
    The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that the Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was so interested in consolidating power that he had virtually ignored the plight of women in Pakistan.<More>

  • Militant Attacks Curtails Civil Liberties (January 20, 2006)
    The United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) said that militant attacks are "significantly damaging" infrastructure in Iraq and widespread lawlessness is dramatically curtailing civil liberties.<More>

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