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MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi addressing the media.(ANI Photo )

‘There should be proper understanding’: MEA on US report on human rights

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 05:42 PM IST
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi was referring to the report released by Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday that had a long list of significant human rights issues in India.
Image for representation.
Image for representation.

Tamil Nadu human rights body seeks report after 3 women die in fatal accidents

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 07:56 PM IST
In the first case, S Saranya, a 24-year-old government employee reportedly drowned after falling into an open septic tank at a construction site.
Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.(Reuters)
Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.(Reuters)

Law violations cannot be condoned under pretext of human rights : India to UNHCHR chief

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 11:46 PM IST
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also asserted that India was a democratic polity based on the rule of law and an independent judiciary.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, delivers opening remarks to the high-level virtual panel entitled "Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead," Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York.(AP)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, delivers opening remarks to the high-level virtual panel entitled "Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead," Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York.(AP)

Covid-19 can’t crush human rights, declares UN gathering

Johannesburg | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2020 10:26 PM IST
“In many places around the world, participation is being denied and civic space is being crushed,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on the sidelines of the annual UN gathering of world leaders, this year held online.
Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote so as not to be ‘blacklisted’ for human rights(Twitter/Harry_StylesUp)
Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote so as not to be ‘blacklisted’ for human rights(Twitter/Harry_StylesUp)

Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote so as not to be ‘blacklisted’ for human rights issues

Bogota | By Reuters by Anastasia Moloney | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 10:02 AM IST
Stirring a ‘controversy’ in the Caribbean country where LGBT people suffer discrimination, verbal abuse and harassment, Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason has called for a public referendum on allowing same-sex marriage
Sonakshi says, “If you educate a person, most of the other human rights will be taken care of.”
Sonakshi says, “If you educate a person, most of the other human rights will be taken care of.”

Sonakshi Sinha bats for right to education

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 11:06 PM IST
Sonakshi Sinha will be talking about human rights in a podcast which is an initiative promoting the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 30 big names from the film industry including R Balki, Sonakshi Sinha, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nandita Das too will participate
A healthcare worker collects swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 testing in Guwahati.(ANI)
A healthcare worker collects swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 testing in Guwahati.(ANI)

Assam human rights commission issues notice to govt on Covid-19 scenario in jails

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 03:36 PM IST
The notice was issued on Monday following a complaint filed by Debrabrata Saikia, a Congress lawmaker, and the leader of the opposition in the Assam assembly, on July 14.
Protesters take part in a demonstration in Vilnius, Lithuania over the death of George Floyd(AP)
Protesters take part in a demonstration in Vilnius, Lithuania over the death of George Floyd(AP)

Minneapolis to ban police chokeholds in wake of Floyd death

Minneapolis | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 11:10 PM IST
The changes are part of a stipulation posted online between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd. The City Council was expected to approve the agreement Friday.
Vijay Mallya, 64, lost his appeal against the 2018 order to extradite him in the UK high court in April.(ANI)
Vijay Mallya, 64, lost his appeal against the 2018 order to extradite him in the UK high court in April.(ANI)

‘Confidential’ issue holding up Mallya extradition: UK

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar and Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 01:06 AM IST
Indian agencies and legal experts could only speculate about the nature of the issue that has cropped up-- from coronavirus infections in the Mumbai prison where he is to be held on his return to the possibility that he has applied for asylum in the UK or may be planning to approach the European Court of Human Rights.
Some countries, organisations and leaders -- including US President Donald Trump -- have voiced doubts about the figures from China on the numbers of deaths and infections.(Reuters file photo)
Some countries, organisations and leaders -- including US President Donald Trump -- have voiced doubts about the figures from China on the numbers of deaths and infections.(Reuters file photo)

Pandemic no ‘blank cheque’ to flout civil liberties, says UN

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 07:32 PM IST
Many countries have adopted extraordinary measures to deal with the pandemic, which has killed nearly 100,000 people worldwide since it emerged in China in December.
Fida Khan, 28 (centre), is a member of Y-Films’ Six Pack Band, and an aspiring actress. ‘My sisters showed my parents videos of my work. The day my grandmother and mother told me they were proud of me, I was over the moon,’ she says.
Fida Khan, 28 (centre), is a member of Y-Films’ Six Pack Band, and an aspiring actress. ‘My sisters showed my parents videos of my work. The day my grandmother and mother told me they were proud of me, I was over the moon,’ she says.

Meet transwomen who’ve made a place for themselves in the mainstream

Hindustan Times | By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2020 07:57 PM IST
To work, to love, to live unfettered... transwomen’s desires are the usual ones. And though the path is rough, it is paved with hope.
Cambodia has no legislation that deals specifically with LGBT+ people. Same sex marriages are neither criminalised nor officially recognised by the state.(Unsplash)
Cambodia has no legislation that deals specifically with LGBT+ people. Same sex marriages are neither criminalised nor officially recognised by the state.(Unsplash)

Cambodia to teach LGBT+ issues in schools to tackle discrimination

Reuters | By HT Correspondent, Phnom Penh
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 04:17 PM IST
From grade seven, around age 13, modules covering sexual orientation and gender identity will be part of sex education in schools.
The seminar was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities targeted by majority groups.(Digpu)
The seminar was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities targeted by majority groups.(Digpu)

Seminar on freedom of faith and human rights held by CESNUR and HRWF

UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 11:45 AM IST
Legal experts, journalists and civil society discussed solutions to defend the freedom of faith and human rights.
HT Image
HT Image

English medium in smart schools: State child rights panel issues notice to secretary education

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2019 11:48 PM IST
Official asked to appear before panel with a status report on December 19
France on Wednesday called on China to end “mass arbitrary detentions” in Xinjiang, where around one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being held. (Representative Image)(AP)
France on Wednesday called on China to end “mass arbitrary detentions” in Xinjiang, where around one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being held. (Representative Image)(AP)

France calls on China to end ‘mass arbitrary detentions’

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2019 01:04 AM IST
France on Wednesday called on China to end “mass arbitrary detentions” in Xinjiang, where around one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being held
Prince Mohammed has sought to ease restrictions on women with multiple reforms including a historic decree that ended a decades-old ban on female motorists.(Bloomberg photo)
Prince Mohammed has sought to ease restrictions on women with multiple reforms including a historic decree that ended a decades-old ban on female motorists.(Bloomberg photo)

Saudi backpedals on video labelling feminism ‘extremism’

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 05:11 PM IST
Saudi Arabia’s security agency said the video contained “many mistakes” and suggested that those behind it would face a formal investigation, according to a statement posted late Tuesday by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The police had paraded a couple before the media after their arrest from the north Goa town of Mapusa allegedly for abandoning their newborn male child(www.hcbombayatgoa.nic.in)
The police had paraded a couple before the media after their arrest from the north Goa town of Mapusa allegedly for abandoning their newborn male child(www.hcbombayatgoa.nic.in)

Goa cops barred from parading accused ‘like trophies’ and given lesson in fundamental rights

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 09:33 AM IST
The Bombay High Court had taken suo motu cognisance of a photograph of an accused woman kneeling before two cops, published in news dailies in August this year.
A security person stands guard during shutdown in Srinagar.(PTI Photo)
A security person stands guard during shutdown in Srinagar.(PTI Photo)

India’s Supreme Court has been slow, says UN rights panel on J&K situation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 07:58 PM IST
The statement by the UN’s human rights panel coincides with a visit by a group of European Union parliamentarians to the Kashmir valley.
Javaid Rehman, UN special investigator on human rights in Iran, welcomed an amendment to an Iranian anti-narcotics law in 2017 that led to the reduction in executions in 2018.(AP Photo)
Javaid Rehman, UN special investigator on human rights in Iran, welcomed an amendment to an Iranian anti-narcotics law in 2017 that led to the reduction in executions in 2018.(AP Photo)

Iran executes children in violation of human rights law: UN expert

United Nations | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 06:37 AM IST
The UN special investigator on human rights in Iran, expressed deep concern at the overall use of the death penalty in the Islamic Republic, saying its execution rate ‘remains one of the highest in the world’ even after a drop from 507 in 2017 to 253 in 2018.
There was no official response from Indian officials to the comments made by US lawmakers and officials at the hearing. Image used for representation only.(PTI Photo)
There was no official response from Indian officials to the comments made by US lawmakers and officials at the hearing. Image used for representation only.(PTI Photo)

US lawmakers voice concern over Kashmir, NRC at Congressional hearing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 02:16 AM IST
Influential US lawmakers were joined by Trump administration officials in expressing concern about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the implementation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam during a Congressional hearing.
The US urged the Pakistani government to uphold the rule of law and the freedoms enshrined in the country’s Constitution.(Reuters image)
The US urged the Pakistani government to uphold the rule of law and the freedoms enshrined in the country’s Constitution.(Reuters image)

Deeply concerned over reports of human rights abuses, religious discrimination in Pakistan: US

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 07:16 AM IST
Pakistan’s laws and policies continue to discriminate against members because of their faith, said Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells.
Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.(REUTERS)
Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.(REUTERS)

Google employees call for pledge not to work with US immigration officials

San Francisco | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2019 12:37 PM IST
Google employees have led a growing trend in which some tech-company employees have taken public stances against their employers’ policies.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo wrote an open letter to the 49 signatories who recently wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern over the incidents of lynching.(PTI Photo)
Union Minister Babul Supriyo wrote an open letter to the 49 signatories who recently wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern over the incidents of lynching.(PTI Photo)

‘How many wrote to Mamata Banerjee for human rights violations in Bengal?’: Babul Supriyo

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 08:28 PM IST
Union Minister Babul Supriyo wrote an open letter to the 49 celebrities who wrote to Prime Minister Modi, on July 23, demanding that “exemplary punishment” should be meted out “swiftly and surely” in lynching cases.
Pakistan has for long sponsored terrorism in Kashmir. But is it enough for India to point to “causality”, without introspecting on the fact that Kashmir has a long litany of documented human rights violations that have gone unpunished?(AP)
Pakistan has for long sponsored terrorism in Kashmir. But is it enough for India to point to “causality”, without introspecting on the fact that Kashmir has a long litany of documented human rights violations that have gone unpunished?(AP)

Why justice matters in Jammu and Kashmir

PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2019 06:47 PM IST
Violations breed alienation and violence. India must address it, by reaching out and recognising the past
The assertions in the report are in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism, said Raveesh Kumar, MEA spokesperson.(AFP)
The assertions in the report are in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism, said Raveesh Kumar, MEA spokesperson.(AFP)

‘False narrative’: India slams UN rights body report on Kashmir

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 05:30 PM IST
Last year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever report on Kashmir and in an update of that report it claimed on Monday that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”.
Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said.(Twitter/Yahya Jammeh)
Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said.(Twitter/Yahya Jammeh)

Gambian ex-dictator ‘handpicked’ women for rape: Human Rights Watch

Dakar, Senegal | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 05:39 PM IST
“Yahya Jammeh treated Gambian women like his personal property,” said US attorney Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch (HRW).
A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row over false blasphemy charges, Asia Bibi, has left the country.(AFP/File Photo)
A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row over false blasphemy charges, Asia Bibi, has left the country.(AFP/File Photo)

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi has left the country: lawyer and media

Islamabad | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2019 05:41 PM IST
Pakistani-Christian woman Asia Bibi who spent 8 year on death row over false blasphemy charges has left the country more than 6 months after she was acquitted by Pakistan’s Top Court.

Australia’s indigenous soprano Deborah Cheetham makes India debut

Hindustan Times | By Vanessa Viegas
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2019 07:23 PM IST
Cheetham sings about her life as one of Australia’s many ‘stolen children’, weaving classics from 19th and early 20th century opera together with original compositions in four Aboriginal languages.
China’s State Council, or Cabinet, said the United States was a self-styled “human rights defender,” that has a human rights record which is “flawed and lackluster”.(REUTERS)
China’s State Council, or Cabinet, said the United States was a self-styled “human rights defender,” that has a human rights record which is “flawed and lackluster”.(REUTERS)

China hits back at ‘prejudiced’ US with own rights criticism

Beijing | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 01:48 PM IST
China has roundly rejected concern about its policies in Xinjiang, where rights groups say the government is operating internment camps holding a million or more Muslims. China says they are vocational training centres aimed at de-radicalisation.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has revised the dates of some subjects of Class 12 board examinations. HT Photo by Satish Bate(HT Photo)
The Central Board of Secondary Education has revised the dates of some subjects of Class 12 board examinations. HT Photo by Satish Bate(HT Photo)

CBSE Class 12 exam date sheet revised, check fresh schedule here

New Delhi | By Nandini
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2019 06:12 PM IST
CBSE has revised the dates of computer science , philosophy and other subjects. Check revised schedule here.
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