HR defenders test line

Topics issues: the UN Convention against Torture, preventing discrimination and violence against women and girls, members of religious minorities, and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, caste-based discrimination prevention of religious violence and measures to avoid excessive use of force by security officers.

religious violence, arbitrary deprivation of nationality, indigenous peoples’ rights and women’s rights. Laws that discriminate against Muslims and LGBTI community, such as the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act. 

freedom of expression and assembly, human rights defenders,attacks against journalists and human rights defenders,  , right to health, right to privacy. laws that threaten the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act and Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules,

right to health, right to privacy, religious violence, arbitrary deprivation of nationality, indigenous peoples’ rights and women’s rights.

the national and state human rights commissions and the increasing dilution of their powers and independence.

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  Ban on films, documentaries by Government e.g documentary on PM by BBC. Debate on censorship, opinion, statements by media people, leaders, screening of film on Modi at universities etc. 

Reviving the Constituency for Civil Liberties

A group of us civil liberties activists highlight the civil liberties and human rights aspects of ongoing events like the Farmer Agitations particularly the fall out on free speech, right to protest, proportionality of State response. We particularly need to counter the attempt to discredit outspoken journalists, public intellectuals and even for that matter comedians!

We have decided to have a media education campaign using insta, whatapps, discussion groups, on the farmers issues.  We will use this space to "slow down" - so as to be a repository of memes and comments and organis them in a way such that they become a curriculum and resource on Civil Liberties.. Artists, writers, bloggers, insta and youtubers are invited to grow this space or replicate or even create new democratic and civic spaces toward the same objective Just send us a link with a pix or descriptor.