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Protect Judge who put Naroda Patiya convicts behind bars

Jyotsna-Yagnik

Even as Judge Jyotsana Yagnick who convicted Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi (both out on bail) for the Naroda Patiya massacre is being intimidated with threatening letters, government delays response on her request to protection which was scaled down from Z-plus to Y category By Team FI Following reports of retired Judge Jyotsana Yagnik, receiving

PUDR slams Bastar police chief for intimidating human rights activists and Adivasis

bastar IG Kallurri

By Team FI People’s Union for Democratic Rights, issues a press statement to condemn Bastar IG, SRP Kalluri’s open threat to silence human rights activists and lawyers who work in the tribal region. In a recent press conference, the police chief had threatened the activists and lawyers with severe ‘police action’. His warning comes on

Protect our right to work and express our views, civil society to Modi

NGOs-Modi

Open letter to Prime Minister draws attention to the deliberate targeting of civil society organisations especially that work on issues that put them into direct conflict with the government – nuclear power plants, acquiring tribal and other lands, upholding Dalit rights, protecting rights of minorities against the scourge of communalism, protecting rights of sexual minorities,

The bogey of ‘Muslim Terrorist’: A note on the Aleru encounter

Aleru-encounter

By branding the Aleru encounter victims as terrorists, the police, the media, the judiciary and even the public seem to be participants in covering up the brutal deaths of five Muslim undertrials who were not even facing terror charges By Vasudha Nagaraj On 7th April, the country, witnessed two brutal encounters in the states of

Protect Judge who put Naroda Patiya convicts behind bars

Jyotsna-Yagnik

Even as Judge Jyotsana Yagnick who convicted Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi (both out on bail) for the Naroda Patiya massacre is being intimidated with threatening letters, government delays response on her request to protection which was scaled down from Z-plus to Y category

By Team FI

Following reports of retired Judge Jyotsana Yagnik, receiving threatening letters and blank phone calls, [...] Continue Reading…

PUDR slams Bastar police chief for intimidating human rights activists and Adivasis

bastar IG Kallurri

By Team FI

People’s Union for Democratic Rights, issues a press statement to condemn Bastar IG, SRP Kalluri’s open threat to silence human rights activists and lawyers who work in the tribal region. In a recent press conference, the police chief had threatened the activists and lawyers with severe ‘police action’. His warning comes on the heels of two recent [...] Continue Reading…

Protect our right to work and express our views, civil society to Modi

NGOs-Modi

Open letter to Prime Minister draws attention to the deliberate targeting of civil society organisations especially that work on issues that put them into direct conflict with the government – nuclear power plants, acquiring tribal and other lands, upholding Dalit rights, protecting rights of minorities against the scourge of communalism, protecting rights of sexual minorities, or campaigning for the [...] Continue Reading…

The bogey of ‘Muslim Terrorist’: A note on the Aleru encounter

Aleru-encounter

By branding the Aleru encounter victims as terrorists, the police, the media, the judiciary and even the public seem to be participants in covering up the brutal deaths of five Muslim undertrials who were not even facing terror charges

By Vasudha Nagaraj

On 7th April, the country, witnessed two brutal encounters in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In Seshachalam, [...] Continue Reading…

Stand up for responsible advertising, activists ask Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

aishwarya-rai-racist-ad

By Team FI

Following Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s PR agency’s defensive response, activists question the actress’ power to control the final output of the ad she is featured in and ask the actress to make a categorical statement for responsible and progressive advertising.

The PR Agency, Imagesmiths issued a statement claiming that the image was photo-shopped and the final layout of the [...] Continue Reading…

Activists call Aishwarya Rai Bachchan jewellery ad racist

Aishwarya-Rai-racist-ad

In an open letter to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, activists argue that the Kalyan Jewellers ad in which she features, is racist and legitimises slavery. The actress has issued a statement through her publicist stating that the ad is a photoshopped image and she was not aware of the changed background

Here is the full text of the letter:
Dear Mrs Aishwarya [...] Continue Reading…

Inmate’s hunger strike stops CCTV installations inside Mumbai jail women’s barracks

CCTV in Mumbai Jail

By Team FI
The Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) has released a press statement on the successful protest hunger strike undertaken by a 45-year-old political undertrial prisoner, Angela Harish Sontakke.

Imprisoned since April 2011, on charges of being a Maoist, Sontakke’s hunger strike was to stop the installation of CCTV cameras inside the women barracks.

The CPDR [...] Continue Reading…

Mumbai’s new development plan excludes women, allege activists

Mumbai-plan

By Team FI
Women activists, politicians and architects have written to Mumbai Municipal Corporation voicing their concern over the proposed city development plan for Mumbai 2014-34. Activists cutting across the party lines argue that the draft of the Plan completely ignores the gender aspect in planning for the future, stating that it “remains gender blind, not taking cognizance of the [...] Continue Reading…

Greenpeace India’s response to the allegations

Greenpeace-India

Following the Modi government’s decision to freeze Greenpeace India’s accounts and suspend its license to raise foreign funds, Greenpeace India hits out at the Government calling it “a strong arm tactics to clamp down on dissenting voices in civil society“

Here is the full text of the Greenpeace response:

The government has launched an all out attack on Greenpeace. Not [...] Continue Reading…