India terms UN rights chief’s remarks on Kashmir ‘unwarranted’

Bachelet had flagged frequent disruptions in communication The remarks by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on the circumstances in Kashmir are “unwarranted”, said the Indian diplomatic representative to the 48th Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, on Tuesday. On Monday, Ms. Bachelet had expressed her concern about the “frequent” disruptions […]


Police excess: SHRC recommends compensation

SHRC acting chairperson D. Jayachandran also recommended that the sum of ₹50,000 be recovered from a Sub-Inspector of Police The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday recommended the Tamil Nadu government to pay a compensation of ₹50,000 to a retired Sub Inspector, who was allegedly assaulted by police personnel in Valasaravakkam Police Station in […]


Iran frees rights activist after more than 8 years in prison

Narges Mohammadi was freed late Wednesday after serving 8 1/2 years in prison. Iran has released a prominent human rights activist who campaigned against the death penalty, Iranian media reported Thursday. The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted judiciary official Sadegh Niaraki as saying that Narges Mohammadi was freed late Wednesday after serving 8 1/2 years […]


Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

China is also the host for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. China’s repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dalai Lama and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. Beijing is to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and […]


Human rights not part of 2+2 talks, but Jammu and Kashmir to come up: US

Human rights issues aren’t part of the second India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Washington next week though Kashmir-related matters and India’s threat perceptions are expected to be on the agenda, the Trump administration’s pointperson for South Asia has said. Defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S Jaishankar will meet their US counterparts Mark […]


Parliament passes Protection of Human Rights Amendment Bill

Parliament on Monday passed a Bill to expedite the process of appointment of chairperson and members of NHRC and states rights bodies, with Home Minister Amit Shah allaying fears of the opposition that the government may influence the appointment to the panels. Intervening in the debate in Rajya Sabha, Shah said that the age limit […]


Human rights biggest casualty in West Bengal electoral battle

Central, State police forces accused of threatening political activists; EC takes note Human rights violation by both Central and State forces continues unabated in Bengal in this election season. Both sides have randomly picked up and intimidated people who belong to particular political parties or subscribe to specific ideologies. The Hindu has accessed some evidence, […]


‘Close down Vedanta refinery without delay’

Fact-finding team urges Odisha govt. A 16-member fact-finding team comprising members of the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations that investigated violation of human rights in the villages in Niyamgiri hills in Kalahandi district has urged the Odisha government to close down the Vedanta alumina refinery at Lanjigarh without delay. The members of the team, which […]