Killing of Bhim Army member must be investigated
The Uttar Pradesh government must investigate whether Sachin Walia was killed in a hate crime. Around this time last year, Dalits in Saharanpur district faced several caste-based attacks whose perpetrators are yet to be punished. The Uttar Pradesh authorities must ensure that similar attacks don’t occur again, and end impunity for hate crimes against Dalits in the state.
Turkey: “For journalists, Turkey has become a dungeon”
Journalists have spoken out about the stifling climate of fear that has enveloped Turkey’s media landscape, ahead of a global day of action to demand the release of more than 120 journalists still imprisoned since the failed 2016 coup.
Law protecting Dalit and Adivasi rights should not be weakened
The central government should heed the demands of Dalit and Adivasi communities and prevent the dilution of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Amnesty International India said today, ahead of planned protests across the country on 1 May.
Coal Ministry should ensure commercial coal mining does not contribute to human rights abuses
The Cabinet decision to open commercial coal mining to private companies could have potential human rights implications for indigenous Adivasi people. On 20 February 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the opening up of commercial coal mining to private companies. Previously, only state-owned companies such as Coal India Limited were permitted to mine coal for commercial use. Mining by both state-owned and private companies has frequently been linked to human rights abuses in several states and international law.
Government Must Improve Implementation of Existing Laws to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse Instead of Introducing the Death Penalty
The government’s decision to introduce death penalty through an ordinance is a knee-jerk reaction that diverts attention from the poor implementation of laws on rape and child protection. Studies have shown that most perpetrators are “known” to child victims—introducing the death penalty in such circumstances will only silence and further endanger children.
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