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Advani And Modi - The Real Culprits Escaping The Law PDF Print E-mail

Asghar Ali Engineer

More than 100 innocent persons were arrested after burning of S-6 in Godhra on 27th February 2002 which in turn followed demolition of Babri Masjid on 6th December 1992. The man mainly responsible for the former was Mr. L.K.Advani who, to fulfill his ambition for power raised the slogan ‘mandir wahin banayenge’ and played with the religious sentiments of common Hindus and our secular state looked the other way. The man responsible for the later was Narendra Modi, who exploited burning of S-6 in Godhra to retain his power which otherwise he was sure to loose. And both these worthies of BJP brought utter shame to our secular tradition and secular philosophy.

INDIA: Guarantee justice to join the national mainstream PDF Print E-mail

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) congratulates the President of India, Honourable Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, for her visit to the northeastern states of Nagaland and Manipur. The President visited Nagaland yesterday and will spend today and tomorrow in Manipur. During a speech at Dimapur in Nagaland the President urged the northeastern states "to put their best efforts to be part of the Indian growth story by harnessing their potentials, particularly through the Centre's 'Look East Policy'". While becoming part of the larger 'Indian growth story' might be an attractive proposition for some in the region, many could consider the President's call for national participation a crude joke given the state of affairs in the region. (left photo: Sharmila at her hospital bed in Imphal)

INDIA: Human rights defender murdered for challenging corruption PDF Print E-mail

ISSUES: Corruption; Police inaction; Right to life; Threats to human rights defender

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the murder of human rights activist Mr. Niyamat Ansari in Kope Gram Panchayat of Latehar District, Jharkhand state, on 2 March, as well as a similar attempt on the same day upon the life of his associate Mr. Bhukhan Singh. It is reported that the local private contractors engaged in the implementation of employment generation schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) are behind the murder since Ansari and Singh were trying to expose the corruption behind the utilisation of funds under the MGNREGA. Only one person has been arrested so far despite nationwide public outcry for immediate arrest of the suspects.

INDIA: An apology will not end corruption PDF Print E-mail

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

Despite the slow crackdown on corruption in India, the two recent incidents of assault upon human rights and right to information activists in the country reiterates the fear that fighting corruption is suicidal in India. Of the two incidents, one is reported from Jharkhand and the other from Rajasthan. In Jharkhand, criminals abducted Mr. Niyamat Ansari, a human rights defender and right to information activist working in Latehar district from his residence in Jerua village on 2 March, assaulted him brutally for about an hour and left him for dead. Ansari though was taken to the Latehar Sadar Hospital, died at the hospital on the same day. In Rajasthan, on 3 March human rights and right to information activist Mr. Mangalaram suffered serious injuries when a gang of assailants attacked him with axe and sticks. One of the attackers tried to shoot Mangalaram with his pistol, which was prevented by the bystanders.

ASIA: Large numbers of disappearances not addressed despite efforts of UN Working Group PDF Print E-mail

An Oral Statement to the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) applauds the invaluable work of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances. It also welcomes the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The ALRC urges all Council members and observers to ratify this important new instrument without delay or reservation and ensure its full and effective implementation.

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