On June 14, the Office of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights released a first of its kind report documenting alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. While detailing significant abuses in Indian-held Kashmir — from sexual violence, excessive use of force, torture and enforced disappearances to name a few — the UN report has also brought both Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir — the two regions that together comprise Pakistani Kashmir — into the fold of discussions. Noting that the “violations in this [Pakistani] area are ofRead More
EU seeks to promote active participation of the youth at global level. EU is supporting young people to engage with regions outside Europe and become more involved in global policy processes regarding issues such as climate change, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, human rights, etc. In particular, this means: raising awareness of global issuesamong young people providing opportunities for young people to exchange views with policy makerson global issues fostering mutual understandingamong young people from all over the world through dialogue encouraging young people to volunteerfor environmental projects (“green volunteering”) and to act green in theirRead More
While addressing the issue, he also demanded the recognition of 1984 Sikh massacre as genocide. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has voiced concerns over human rights violations in India. He has requested Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to address the issue of safety for 47 Sikh detainees held in custody in Punjab.Read More

Posted On September 24, 2018 By In Human Rights

Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

In September 2017, the UN described a security operation in Myanmar that targeted Rohingya Muslims as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” When violence erupted in Rakhine state in August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled crimes against humanity to neighboring Bangladesh. Amnesty said the country’s army committed “extensive violations” of international humanitarian law and authorities were continuing to restrict humanitarian access in the Asian country. (Amnesty International)Read More
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been widely condemned for overseeing one of the worst human rights crises in the country’s history. Citizens of the crisis-torn nation are struggling to cope with widespread food shortages, the collapse of its traditional currency and hyperinflation — which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast to hit 13,000 percent in 2018. Meanwhile, almost 75 percent of Venezuelans are reportedly suffering from weight loss and unemployment in the South American country is expected to skyrocket to 32 percent by 2022. Amnesty International said the crisis in the South American nationRead More

Posted On September 24, 2018 By In Human Rights

Human Rights Violations in India

According to a report (2017) by Numan Rights Watch, Vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government—often carried out by groups claiming to support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—became an increasing threat in India in 2017. The government failed to promptly or credibly investigate the attacks, while many senior BJP leaders publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism, which encouraged further violence. Dissent was labeled anti-national, and activists, journalists, and academics were targeted for their views, chilling free expression. Foreign funding regulations were used toRead More
PDP and National Conference have stated that until the Centre clears its stand on scrapping Article 35A — a proposal opposed by both, along with the separatists— they would not be contesting any polls On September 10, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) announced that it will be pulling out of the panchayat polls and urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir, close on the heels of the National Conference (NC) announcing its withdrawal from the polls, which are scheduled to be held in October and November of this year.Read More
As the world observes the UN-sponsored Human Rights Day, rights violations continue to be a major issue in Indian-administered Kashmir. Since 1989, nearly 70,000 people have been killed in violence that separatist leaders say the UN has done too little to prevent. For the past year, the remote, northern region was gripped by widespread protests, following the killing of a prominent rebel commander. In the crackdown that followed, more than 100 protesters were killed, thousands were arrested and hundreds were blinded by police who shot at civilians with iron pellets.Read More