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Double or Nothing: Nepal launches save tiger campaign
Feb 15, 2010 To mark year 2010 as year of Tiger, Nepal launched a campaign yesterday to double tiger population in the country. It pledged to increase tiger population from current 300 to 600 by the beginning of the next decade with intensified conservation efforts and control poaching.
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Mullahs promoting family planning in Afghanistan
Mar 03, 2010 Afghan religious leaders have joined community and health workers to explain the importance of spacing out births as a necessary step for providing both mother and child a chance at good health. They are delivering messages during Friday prayers also distributing stocks when clinics remain closed.
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India launches campaign to stop maternal deaths
Mar 08, 2010 Play Your Part, a nationwide campaign has been launched to bring families and communities together to prevent thousands of maternal deaths every year in India. According to the latest official data, the north-eastern state of Assam has the highest maternal mortality rate at 480 per 100,000 live births.
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Noted Indian environmentalist claims GM crops 'suicidal'
Mar 16, 2010 Vandana Shiva, activist and environmentalist claims the adoption of genetically modified crops would be suicidal in terms of climate change. She stresses that it would put small farmers at greater financial risk, rather than securing their farms and addressing food insecurity.
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Myanmar: Thousands forced to relocate for dam
Apr 07, 2010 The Myitsone Dam in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State will leave more than 15,000 over 60 villages displaced without proper resettlement plans. With the May deadline, many residents are opposing its construction, due to the lack of information on compensation, and its impact on biodiversity.
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Silent emergency on maternal deaths: Play your part
Apr 12, 2010 70,000 women die due to pregnancy related causes leaving behind many orphans every year in India, reveals a finding released on Safe Motherhood Day. White Ribbon Alliance in association with Jamia Hamdard organised a human chain encouraging youths and elders to join a movement to stop maternal deaths.
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People's Tribunal demands a sustainable model for tribes
Apr 13, 2010 The Indian People’s Tribunal held last week in the capital discussed the issues of tribal displacement and deprivation of their rights to forest, land, and other resources. Though the Indian Constitution entitles communities with the right to use material resources for common good, yet recent events reflect the violations of the democratic spaces.
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SAARC summit to sign drafts on climate, free-trade
Apr 26, 2010 Foreign secretaries of the eight-member regional grouping are meeting in Bhutan to reach a common economic and development goal. Civil activists from the region just days before the summit hosted Peoples SAARC, an assembly in India to forge a strong South Asian identity, and collaborate for peace and development.
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Citizen's group demand moratorium on SEZs
Apr 26, 2010 Despite laws already in place to protect farmers and villagers rights, there has been a continuous attempt to acquire fertile agricultural land for setting up Special Economic Zones. A two day People’s Audit of SEZs held in the Indian capital discussed issues on livelihood loss and the adverse social impact.
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Bhutanese refugees pin homecoming hopes
Apr 28, 2010 Evicted from Bhutan for almost two decades, thousands of Bhutanese refugees living in camps in Nepal call for repatriation. Activists and leaders urge the heads of the state meeting at the ongoing SAARC summit to start multilateral talks for their return and set-up a South Asian Refugee Commission.
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India: Rights organisations face government backlash
Jun 10, 2010 The human rights organisations working for development in Naxal hit states of India are apprehensive of government crackdown after an Intelligence Bureau communication termed them as frontal organisations of Maoists. Indian Government has blamed activists for having a partial perspective, criticising the government and legitimising violent tactics of Maoists.
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Making child education more inclusive in India
Dec 14, 2009 In India’s national capital last week, CRY, a child rights organisation, has come out with a charter of demands under its equal quality education for all children initiative. It has three key demands to make the recently passed Right to Education Act more effective and inclusive.
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Indian climate campaigners demand real deal in Copenhagen
Dec 15, 2009 India joined millions across the world on December 12, the global day of climate action, as thousands of activists, artists and youth took to the streets in the capital to demand a fair and legally binding climate treaty.
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Goons harass human rights investigators in India
Dec 30, 2009 Human rights investigators in India have been harassed and intimidated by large gangs of men apparently paid to stop any outsiders reaching the site of a controversial proposed mine in India. The gangs are said to be equipped with mobile phones, axes and motorbikes.
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UK lawyer campaigns for release of condemned Indian
Dec 31, 2009 A British lawyer has launched an international campaign to secure the immediate release of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian man sentenced to death in Pakistan. Jas Uppal got inspired to launch the campaign after reading about his plight.
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Bangladesh NGO head gets UK award
Jan 05, 2010 Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of one of the world's largest non governmental organisations – the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee – has been honoured in the UK. The knighthood will be bestowed upon him for his services in tackling poverty.
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Copenhagen accord ignores global south
Jan 28, 2010 Expressing its deep resentment with the outcome at the Copenhagen climate change summit, CANSA, an umbrella group of green organisations, has asked South Asian countries to summarily reject it. In the absence of any legally binding treaty, it is the global south that stands to lose out the most.
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No space for women in India
Jul 20, 2012 If women cannot step out of their homes and offices without the fear of being assaulted for no other reason than their gender, then clearly there is something very wrong, writes Kalpana Sharma.
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Celebrate human rights through art
Sep 10, 2008 To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty International India is organising a week of justice festival from December 5-10, 2008 at New Delhi. The event attempts to raise awareness among youth on dignity related issues through the medium of art.
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Change the picture for the better with a click
Jan 24, 2012 Indian NGO CRY – Child Rights and You - invites entries for its Click Rights campaign to advocate for every child’s right to quality education through photography.
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International groups demand justice for Dr Binayak Sen
May 20, 2009 Over 50 international organisations protested last week in several US and European cities, demanding immediate release of Indian human rights activist Dr Binayak Sen. He has been languishing in jail for past two years.
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India's apex court grants bail to Dr Binayak Sen
May 25, 2009 India’s Supreme Court today granted bail to Dr Binayak Sen, a respected people’s doctor and civil rights activist. He had been languishing in Raipur jail for over two years for his alleged links with Maoists.
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Pakistani theatre voicing social concerns
Jun 09, 2009 Tehrik-e-Niswan, a theatre troupe in Pakistan headed by a women’s rights activist, has staged plays on social issues like domestic violence, rape, child abuse and girls’ education. Resisting the pressure from clerics, the troupe continues to mobilise women on social issues.
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GCAP launches 'Press the G8' Campaign
May 29, 2009 As part of its anti-poverty mobilisation efforts ahead of the G8 summit in July, Global Call to Action against Poverty has launched a new interactive game. It allows activists to literally ‘press’ the G8 leaders and sign an online petition to express their support for the cause.
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Water project brings ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka
Jun 12, 2009 They had to go miles to fetch water and had never dreamt that some day it would be supplied right at their doorsteps. This became a reality with their own and the efforts of Gemidiriya Community Development, an NGO working in Sri Lankan villages on the issue of livelihood improvement.
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Reservation Express final stop: The Indian Parliament
Jun 22, 2010 To clear the air over the Women's Reservation Bill, a Reservation Express was launched to mount pressure on the political class. The organisers promise of an even bigger showstopper in Delhi, if the Bill is does not get presented in the Lok Sabha, writes Amrita Nandy.
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Time for Suu Kyi to remodel her political agenda?
Nov 19, 2010 Is it time for Aung San Suu Kyi to let activist politics take a back seat and help broker an end to trade sanctions on Myanmar? Only then can she build a favourable climate for some real political change, argues Justin Wintle.
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Binayak Sen: Pointing fingers at the wrong person
Dec 28, 2010 India has a history of grassroots activists being targeted for corporate or political motives. Writer-columnist Ramchandra Guha expresses his concern at the arrest of rights activist Binayak Sen while “scamsters and gangsters walk free” in the country.
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The curious case of Binayak
Mar 11, 2011 Journalist Dilip D'Souza finds little evidence behind the Chhattisgarh government’s case against Indian rights activist Binayak Sen, calling it a banal and twisted attempt to incriminate him. Binayak, currently serving a life term on charges of state sedition, has appealed to the Supreme Court to seek bail and a stay on his sentence.
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Beyond the corruption clamour
Apr 16, 2011 Social activist Harsh Mander voices caution in the midst of voices that poured in support of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare in the Indian capital. Overlooking corruption that stems from inequities and injustice can only turn the Lokpal into an oppressive dictator, he claims.
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