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India has an obligation towards health for all
Jan 29, 2010 There is an urgent need to address healthcare in India in a way that ensures the state’s obligations so that it cannot renege on the promises. A proposed bill in this regard should treat healthcare in a holistic manner, say NGOs and experts.
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Indian activists demand new law on disability
Feb 22, 2010 Disability rights activists have critiqued the proposed amendments to the Persons with Disabilities Act and asked for a new formulation with a human rights approach; one that addresses fundamental rights and freedom and is aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNRCPD).
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Nepal needs to regulate international adoptions
Mar 05, 2010 The case of Rajan Kumar Nepali highlights the fact that unscrupulous agents are effectively trafficking children to foreign couples for large profits. While Nepal introduced a new legislation in 2008, UNICEF has asked the government to ratify the Hague convention on international adoptions.
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Mission mode approach required for right to education
Mar 08, 2010 The allocation for Right to Education Act in the Union Budget 2010-11 has been less than half the estimated cost primarily due to the inability of states to utilise the existing funds. To make this Act a reality concerned union ministries and the states should work in a mission mode.
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Women's bill sparks protests in Indian parliament
Mar 08, 2010 Amid protests and continuous adjournments of the upper house, voting on the historic bill that reserves 33% of legislative seats for women has been deferred until tomorrow. The Indian Prime Minister has called an all-party meeting to work out modalities of passing the Bill.
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Myanmar bars Suu Kyi from polls
Mar 10, 2010 The new election law issued by Myanmar's junta bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2,000 other political prisoners from contesting polls planned this year. Approved on Tuesday, it prevents prisoners, members of religious orders, and members of insurgent groups from joining political parties.
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Pakistan: Historic bill against workplace harassment
Mar 11, 2010 Pakistan’s President has signed the new bill that protects women against workplace harassment. Overcoming years of conservative opposition, the bill aims to create an equal society by providing a safe working environment and ensuring rights of men and women.
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UN accepts ruling on caste discrimination in Nepal
Mar 22, 2010 UN human rights office in Nepal welcomed a key verdict on caste-based discrimination, referring to it as a vital step to ensure social equality. In a joint statement with key organisations, they claimed the verdict fell in line with Nepal's Interim Constitution, which states racial discrimination is punishable.
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Bangladesh: Political will missing on RTI implementation
Mar 30, 2010 Taking stock of the Right to Information Act after one year of its coming into force, in a seminar organised at Jatiya Press Club, experts from different fields voiced concern over the slow implementation of the act and lack of awareness among the public about it.
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Pakistan passes key constitutional reforms, renames NWFP
Apr 09, 2010 The National Assembly has approved the 18th Amendment unanimously, deleting former military dictator Ziaul Haq’s name from the constitution. The new bill sent to the Senate for approval, repeals the Legal Framework Order, strips the President of some powers, and renames NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa.
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Afghan's amnesty law a 'setback' to humanity
Apr 12, 2010 Rights groups across the world have urged the global community to act against the amnesty law which is said to protect Afghan’s warlords accused of crimes against humanity during the country’s gory civil war in 1992. The groups fear that active insurgents could use the law for future human rights abuses.
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India's anti-torture law to align with UN Convention
Apr 14, 2010 The bill ratifying the United Nations convention against torture gets approved in the wake of Dantewada massacre of security forces. While the move earned praise for its political courage, uncertainty is raised on whether the shallow reforms can curb growing prevalence of torture in the country.
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India's apex court awaits a lady judge
Apr 23, 2010 A woman of many talents and a fine legal mind, Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, Justice of Jharkhand High Court has been recommended for the coveted post of Judge in the Supreme Court. Her elevation to the post will inspire many young women to carve a niche in the legal profession.
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India gets a lady judge after a hiatus
Apr 30, 2010 The Supreme Court appoints a woman judge after a hiatus of nearly four years. Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, former Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice has been sworn-in along with two others, taking the total strength of the apex court to 30.
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Lankan government revokes war-time emergency laws
May 07, 2010 The Sri Lankan government has partially revoked country’s draconian emergency laws which were imposed during the war. Parliamentarians have welcomed the move by voting in favour of the proposal that lifts curbs on meetings, distributing certain literature and restricts unwarranted search by military.
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4 states reject the draft Higher Education Bill
May 11, 2010 The Higher Education Bill is being re-drafted, after 4 states rejected it terming it as ‘anti-federal’. The law seeks to establish a National Council for Higher Education tht would regulate higher education, grant authorisation to new universities and have the last word on appointment of Vice Chancellors.
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Bangladesh proposes stiff laws to curb poaching
May 14, 2010 Poaching may cost life imprisonment, if proposed anti-poaching law is enacted by the Bangladeshi Parliament which would apply to all endangered and critically endangered animals. A study of IUCN has shown that more than 13 species have become extinct from Bangladesh over the past 40 years.
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Court's decision boosts Right to Information Act
May 19, 2010 The recent ruling by Chennai High Court that a PPP project falls within the scope of the RTI Act is being seen as a positive step towards ensuring accountability and transparency of the system. It gives hope for a more liberal interpretation of the law in the future.
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Pak women get legal shield against sexual harassment
May 19, 2010 Working women in Pakistan feel brave, safer and more confident after gaining legal protection against sexual harassment. Recently, the country’s parliament passed anti– sexual harassment legislation that categorises it as a ‘crime’ with up to three years of imprisonment and fine of up to five lakh rupees.
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Pakistan more polarised over dropping of amnesty law
Dec 22, 2009 The Pakistani Supreme Court's decision last week to strike down an amnesty law for politicians has created more questions than it has answered. Many politicians are now likely to come under scrutiny, including President Asif Zardari.
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Putting the 'babus' under the scanner
Feb 16, 2012 Amitabh Thakur, an IPS officer from the Uttar Pradesh Cadre, is the anti-thesis of the image that the Indian bureaucracy is - sluggish, laidback and opaque - in the minds of the people. Presently in the Rules and Manuals Department, he reacts to the news that a government job may no longer be the safe haven for Indian bureaucrats.
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What next to stop domestic violence?
Feb 27, 2012 Prevention of Domestic violence Act in India has curbed the abuse to some extent. However, much ground needs to be covered through collaborations among the government, civil society and citizens, writes women's rights activist, Pamela Philipose.
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Bangalore Metro being built by child labour
Apr 29, 2009 An environmental group in southern India has claimed that contractors are engaged in employing children in the construction of Bangalore Metro network in gross violation of several national and international laws. The group has also alleged that the project is causing severe damage to environment of the city.
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No scheme for Pakistan's informal workers
May 01, 2009 Workers in Pakistan have not received their dues despite the government enacting new laws to improve their lot. A study documenting the state of labour in the country during last year shows that unorganised workers continue to suffer from exploitation, low wages and inadequate social safety nets.
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Forced labour at Commonwealth Games site alleged
May 01, 2009 A civil rights group in its report has said that thousands of workers engaged in Commonwealth Games Village site in Delhi are not being paid even the legally stipulated minimum wages. According to Article 23 of the country's Constitution and a Supreme Court ruling, this amounts to begaar or forced labour.
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Burmese leader Suu Kyi faces trial
May 18, 2009 Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi can be jailed for up to five years for allegedly breaking the conditions of her house arrest. Critics say this is yet another attempt by the military junta to silence dissent before the promised multi-party elections in 2010.
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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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India's apex court takes tough stand against dowry
Jun 04, 2009 Commenting on a recent case of dowry death in a north Indian state, the country’s apex court has said that no mercy should be shown towards the perpetrators of crime. Every year thousands of women fall prey to greedy husbands and in-laws.
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India: Stiff laws to combat sexual assault
Jun 03, 2010 India has proposed to amend the law against sexual assault with Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2010, but human rights activists combating for a tough law fear that the new legislation may be trivialised like the women’s reservation bill, says Kalpana Kannabiran. The new law aims at putting sexual assault with evolving international jurisprudence that sees rape as a form of torture.
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Staying informed keeps democracy alive
Jul 25, 2010 For good and effective governance there is need to stay engaged in the democratic processes, says Arvind Kejriwal, RTI champion. Though India has adopted an open information culture, there are many roadblocks in the implementation of RTI Act.
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