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A State Level Consultation on AFSPA

A State Level Consultation on AFSPA, Extra Judicial Killings, displacement due to big dams, Struggle of tea garden workers and Kokrajhar Violence was held on 3rd March, 2013 in Guwahati

The consultation brought to fore a diversity of issues and challenges underpinning the agitations of tea garden workers, protests against big dams and displacement, Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) induced human rights abuses, Kokrajhar ethnic violence and the several ongoing ethnic conflicts in the state of Assam. The consultation saw a range of participants, […]

Fact Finding Report on Muzaffarnagar Riots

Fact Finding Report on Muzaffarnagar Riots, September 22 – 23 September, 2013

A team of 24 activists, journalists, lawyers and students visited several relief camps and villages in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Ghaziabad districts of Uttar Pradesh on September 22 – 23 September, 2013. The team met hundreds of victims, scores of relief camp committee members; spoke to people in general on the dhabas and in mohallas. We […]

Report of the Fact Finding by Human Rights Law Network, Guwahati Chapter in the Relief Camps and Affected Villages of Goalpara District

Report of the Fact Finding by Human Rights Law Network, Guwahati Chapter in the Relief Camps and Affected Villages of Goalpara District

A team of five advocates from  HRLN and social workers of concerned District of Goalpara formed a local fact finding team. They visited various relief camps and effected villages of Goalpara district. They also consulted with the inmates living in the relief camps and peoples of the affected villages. Further condition of the inmates in […]

A Brief Report of the Fact Finding Team on Lower Suktel Project in the District of Bolangir

Report of the Fact Finding Team on Lower Suktel Project in the District of Bolangir

Lower Suktel River is locally known as life line of Banalgir District. Entire Bolangir district is under scarcity of water since long. In the event the project functions & preservation of water,  the decreasing ground water level will develop slowly and that people of Bolangir Town will get sufficient drinking water. There is no definite […]

A campaign for jailed activists


Activist Himanshu Kumar says tribals are still a pawn on the chessboard of provincial politics. Saying there’s no better time to talk about tribal rights than now, he is on an indefinite fast to highlight their exploitation by states and multi-nationals, reports Shone Satheesh Babu Amidst a rising chorus asking to send more forces into […]

Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi get bail

Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi get bail

The Supreme Court on Friday, Feb 8, 2014, granted permanent bail to Soni Sori, a tribal school teacher of Dantewada, and her relative, journalist Lingaram Kodopi. They are facing trial on the charge of helping to arrange ‘protection money’ payoffs from steel giant Essar to Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Ms. Sori, 38, and Mr. Kodopi have been in […]

Supreme Court granted Bail to Soni Sori and Linga Kodopi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted interim bail to tribal school teacher of Dantewada Soni Sori and her nephew Lingaram Kodopi, a journalist, who were detained in Chhattisgarh in September 2011 on charges of being couriers between Maoists and Essar Group. Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi were granted bail since the Chhattisgarh government did not […]

Release All Activists of the PFI Charged Under UAPA and Sedition Immediately and Unconditionally!

On the 23 April 2013, around 11 in the morning, twenty one activists aged 20-25 of the Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested from a building that was under construction at Naraath, Kannur district, Kerala. The arrest as reported in the press was done under the leadership of DySP P. Sukumaran of the Kerala […]

Dayamani Barla

Protests grow over activist Dayamani Barla’s arrest in Jharkhand

Protests over the arrest of journalist and land rights activist Dayamani Barla are growing in Jharkhand. Ms Barla has been at the forefront of a protest by residents of the Nagri village, 25 kilometres from Ranchi, where the government wants to acquire over 200 acres of farmland for setting up a law university and a […]

medha patkar

Medha Patkar arrested by MP police, sent to jail

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh state police on Sunday night when she was protesting with 17 other farmer activists of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS) in Chhindwara, 280 km from here, against the acquisition of land for the construction of a dam under the Pench Diversion Project. […]