INDIA’S COURTS ARE ALLOWING FOREIGNERS TRIBUNALS TO WREAK HAVOC IN ASSAM
India's Courts Are Allowing Foreigners Tribunals To Render People Stateless In Assam
The Foreigners Tribunals have been enabled by the Supreme Court of India and the Gauhati High Court to create a statelessness crisis in Assam, Amnesty International India said in its new briefing ‘Designed to Exclude’ as it called for a review of the existing legislative regime governing nationality determination in India.
Designed To Exclude
India’s Courts are Allowing Foreigners Tribunals to Render People Stateless in Assam
For the last 15 years, Foreigners Tribunals have wreaked havoc in Assam by arbitrarily denying people their citizenship. Riddled with bias, they have declared Indian citizens to be foreigners for minor spelling mistakes in their names, their inability to provide detailed documents or recall minute ancestral details dating back 50 years or more. These semi-judicial bodies have not been held accountable by the courts, the Government of India and the Government of Assam. Instead, they have been emboldened to function with little or no oversight. Amnesty International India strongly urges Government of India to ensure that the Foreigners Tribunals function with utmost transparency and operate in line with fair trial standards.
Statement from Amnesty India
The Central Bureau of Investigation today conducted searches at the offices of Amnesty International India Private Limited and Indians for Amnesty International Trust (hereinafter referred to as ‘Amnesty India’) in Bengaluru and New Delhi.
Avinash Kumar Announced the New Head of Amnesty International India
The Board of Trustees of Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Avinash Kumar as Executive Director with effect from December 1, 2019.
A Conversation with Bilal Nazki and Nazir Ahmad Thakur: Chairperson and Secretary of J&K State Human Rights Commission
On 25 October, shortly after the announcement was made by the Jammu & Kashmir Government to abolish the Jammu & Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (J&K SHRC) on 31 October, Amnesty International India interviewed Justice (Retd.) Bilal Nazki, Chairperson of J&K SHRC and Mr Nazir Ahmad Thakur, Secretary of J&K SHRC to understand the situation better.
Amnesty International at the hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Human Rights in South Asia”
On 22 October 2019, Amnesty International testified at the hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Human Rights in South Asia”.
Government of India Must Immediately Stop Its Witch Hunt of Dissenting Voices in Kashmir
Amnesty International India has documented a clear pattern of authorities using arbitrary detention on activists, politicians and anyone likely to hold a dissenting opinion, including women and children before and after 5 August 2019 in Jammu & Kashmir.
Hate Crime Reports On An Alarming Rise – Reveals Amnesty International India’s ‘Halt The Hate’
‘Halt the Hate’ has found that reports of alleged hate crimes have witnessed the steepest rise in numbers since 2016. In the first six months of 2019 alone, 181 incidents of alleged hate crimes have been recorded by the website, nearly double than previous three years’ half-yearly counts.
Kashmir: If people you know that exist, don’t exist anymore, do they still exist?
When I look up at the clouds, I forget where I am. I’m still a child. As I look at the clouds, nothing moves. The world has stopped, it’s under a lockdown. But the clouds and the birds are free. Everything around me is static. Frozen. Restricted. Just the clouds move. I’m not there, I’m back here, not in Kashmir where I am supposed to be. Living under a constant psychological state of siege, this is the condition of a Kashmiri state-of-mind worldwide.
Kashmir, the Other Side of Silence: Apathy, Amnesia and Helplessness
I am not alone. All over the world, there are thousands of diaspora feeling the intense stress of helplessness. The intimacy of the community and the all-pervasiveness of violence into daily life has meant most second-generation children with family in Kashmir have experienced a strange, refracted second-hand version of the conflict despite growing up abroad.
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