First-hand accounts of torture in the ‘Structures of Violence’ report are extremely disturbing. Ending human rights violations in Kashmir requires not only the repeal of draconian Acts but also respect for the law.
The apex court brought home an important message: justice delayed is not always justice denied.
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Although the report does have some shortcomings, it recognises that torture is prohibited under customary law without any exceptions and the condemnation of it in the Indian constitution.
The corrosion of institutions and mechanisms to create democracy are so decayed that it is perhaps not even possible now for the best-intentioned governments to deliver democracy.
‘This is a case where there was no dispute about the factum of killing, the identity of the killers or the identity of the victims.’
Irom Sharmila and Desmond Coutinho plan to marry in Kodaikanal. But many in the area oppose the marriage, seeing the two as a “threat to peace and stability of the hills”.
The order may or may not bring closure and peace to the victims’ families, but it has renewed hope for justice in areas where the AFSPA is in force.
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According to a RTI, cases in J&K have seen the least amount of compensation being offered for rights violations while Assam has the most.
In his opening remarks, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said India was a secular state with no religion and that the constitution protects the rights of minorities.
The Centre had asked the apex court to recall its order saying that the judgment had hampered the army’s ability to respond to insurgent and terrorist situations.
A rape survivor deserves justice no matter who the accused is – something the media and the ruling party seem to conveniently ignore.
At the Supreme Court’s asking, a rights group in Manipur is sorting through files pertaining to over 1,528 victims of alleged extra-judicial killings to place before the judges.
The Narendra Modi government claims “the Indian army has a record of maintaining the highest level of humanity,” but cases from Manipur and Kashmir indicate otherwise.
The government said the judgment had hampered the army’s ability to respond to insurgent and terrorist situations.
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The report covers a wide array of issues including corruption, living conditions of death row prisoners and the use of pellet guns in Kashmir.
Teresa Rehman’s book documents 12 narratives of Manipuri women activists who so radically sited their bodies for struggle and pushed the envelope to give a whole new meaning to the word “mother” in patriarchal structures.
Why is it only in Irom Sharmila’s case that we are told that hope must be roundly defeated? That we should grow up, get real, get with the times?
Was the impassioned focus on Sharmila’s electoral fate merely to delude ourselves that we are also concerned about Manipur and not just the numerically important ‘mainland states’?
The electorate was happy to give a huge majority to criminals and strongmen in the fray but the face of a poet whose eyes were moist and whose nose had a tube inserted inside left them unmoved.
Irom Sharmila is a human rights activist, and a renowned one at that. But her personality is not that of a typical politician.
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As the first phase of assembly elections in Manipur begins, The Wire takes you through the history of elections and power shifts in the northeastern state.
Six of the Kashmiri women who were allegedly gang raped by Indian soldiers in 1991 have died, the remaining 17 survivors still await justice.
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In an exclusive interview, Erendro Leichombam of the Manipur’s People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance talks about challenging a corrupt system along with a woman who is ‘a worldwide symbol of incorruptibility’.
Sharmila will contest the polls against chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on a ticket from her new party, People’s Resurgence Justice Alliance, as well as from her home constituency of Khurai.
Political violence in the state has increasingly become a show-down between the party ruling the country and the party ruling the state.
“Now that I’m a free woman, I’ll convene a new political party on October 10 to fight the coming election,” Sharmila told journalists after the judgment.
Irom Sharmila talks about her plans to form her own party and about seeking support from Arvind Kejriwal for the upcoming assembly elections in Manipur.
If India is to make headway in Kashmir, the Modi government’s new diplomatic strategy must be accompanied by bold measures to resolve the internal dimension as well.
What Eid is this, ask people in the Valley as an unprecedented curfew and communication blockade cut them off from each other – and from the spirit of a much-loved festival.
The draconian law is almost as old as independent India and the criticisms being made of it today were anticipated by many of the country’s first legislators.
Churachandpur seethes with anger, uncertainty remains about the Naga Accord and political tensions remain high over the ILP, as the assembly polls near.
“Let us walk together, change together,” Sharmila said on Tuesday. Manipur clearly aspires for change, yet this seems like an impossible task.
Amnesty International India has closed its offices temporarily in Bangalore, New Delhi and Pune, citing safety concerns for its workers
Suhail Naqshbandi and Mir Suhail, reflect the painful life of Kashmiris today with incisive cartoons replete with dark humour.
Individuals and groups, some reluctantly, are starting to express their backing for Sharmila’s decision as public debate over her fast and Manipur’s future rages on.
After Irom Sharmila broke her 16-year hunger strike, she made a striking statement on politics: “People say politics is dirty, but so is society.” The statement is remarkable for two reasons. One, it breaks the shallow middle class binary between politics and society, and challenges the temerity of Hindus who […]
“I have been fasting for 16 years and not got anything from it. I want to try different agitation now,” Irom Sharmila told the media.