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, by The Hindu

Throwing off the yoke of manual scavenging

On November 1, a unique journey will come to a ceremonious end in Delhi. Earlier this month, five bus loads of men and women headed out from different corners of the country with one slogan on their lips: honour and liberation for those still trapped in the horror of manual scavenging. [But] (...)

, by The Hindu

Millennium Development Goals & India

The Government of India claims that the country is on track to meet the MDG targets by 2015. [...] It is, however, difficult to endorse the government’s confidence and optimism. [...] Feudal social structures continue to oppress millions of people. Health and economic indices of the Scheduled (...)

, by IPS

Women Sterilised Against Their Will Seek Justice, Again

Poor, rural, Quechua-speaking women in the Peruvian province of Anta who were victims of a forced sterilisation programme between 1996 and 2000 have filed a new lawsuit in their continuing struggle for justice.
In May 2009, Jaime Schwartz, the public prosecutor investigating the case against (...)

, by Himal Southasian

’Southasia’s commons are weakening’

Common property resource (CPR) management has long been a significant arrangement in many parts of rural Southasia, playing an important economic and environmental role at the grassroots. N S Jodha, who worked until recently at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in (...)

, by Combat Law

India. Entitlements of hunger

The government of India is in the process of enacting a Food Security Act, even as 500 million people live with hunger and poverty while 46 percent children are undernourished in the country. The NFSA proposes to lower ration prices but also attempts to reduce the quantity of grain given to (...)

, by MANDER Harsh

Barefoot: Learning from Gandhi

The world has much to learn from Mohandas Gandhi. As we approach October 2, a look at his principles show that his relevance is greater now than it ever was... Read more

, by Himal Southasian

Corralling the nomads

China’s anti-pastoralist policies in Tibet are not only culturally insensitive but environmentally disastrous.

Although its record of reserve-based biodiversity conservation is striking, Beijing’s approach to the conservation of living natural resources outside reserves is less impressive. Pressures for economic development often eclipse complex ecological and cultural factors. This is especially true on (...)

, by Combat Law

Humanising Prison Walls

The Indian prison system continues to perpetuate many of the injustices of the colonial penal system. However, it is time to change, time to implement prison reforms, time to seek active societal contribution to the improvement of prison conditions – so that prisons reform rather than inflict (...)

, by Truthout

Garment Strike in Phnom Penh Reaches Critical Mass

Will Adidas, Gap, and Puma Pay Workers A Living Wage?

On Monday, following a wave of strikes across Asia, around 60,000 textile workers in Phnom Penh walked off factory lines, protesting pay that stands at around half the living wage. By Wednesday, according to Kong Athit, Secretary General of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, the number of (...)

, by Frontline

Right To Information: Martyrs to transparency

October 2010 marks the fifth anniversary of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Act and its implementation have been described in both administrative circles and civil society as “revolutionary” , “a blow for transparency”, “a check on corrupt practices” and “a people’s intervention tool with (...)

, by The Hindu

Bangladesh: two epoch-making verdicts

The supreme judiciary in Bangladesh has made it clear that martial law has no place in a civilised country that has a Constitution. After the recent landmark verdict of the appellate division of the Supreme Court that nullified the 5th Amendment to the Constitution and thus declared the (...)

, by HRW

US: European Corporate Hypocrisy

Global Firms Violate International Labor Standards in America

Many European companies that publicly embrace workers’ rights under global labor standards nevertheless undermine workers’ rights in their US operations, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today.
The 128-page report, "A Strange Case: Violations of Workers’ Freedom of Association in the (...)

, by NARAIN Sunita

Vedanta and lessons in conservation

The Forest Rights Act of 2006—also known as the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act—came after considerable and bitter opposition from conservation groups.
They said the Act, which would grant land rights to tribals and other forest dwellers, (...)

, by ROY Arundhati

The Trickledown Revolution

The tenacity, the wisdom and the courage of those who have been fighting for years, for decades, to bring change, or even the whisper of justice to their lives, is something extraordinary. Whether people are fighting to overthrow the Indian State, or fighting against Big Dams, or only fighting (...)

, by Truthdig

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Time is running out for Israel. And the Israeli government knows it. The Jewish Diaspora, especially the young, has a waning emotional and ideological investment in Israel. The demographic boom means that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories will soon outnumber Jews. And Israel’s (...)

, by IPS

U.N. Salutes Indigenous Filmmakers

The United Nations celebrated the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People this week by showcasing award- winning short films produced by indigenous filmmakers and reaffirming indigenous rights and cultural treasures.
The day was observed at the New York headquarters of the U.N. (...)

, by IPS

Domestic Workers Begin to See Some Rights

Twenty-seven-year-old Maria Puscariu is about to complete her MA in philosophy at a Belgian university. The Moldovan has been working for over five years as a domestic worker in Western Europe in order to support herself and finance her studies. Read (...)

, by Foreign Policy in Focus

Latin America: Climate Change Swing States

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern traveled with Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela to Chile, Peru, and Ecuador last week, to discuss climate change with his government counterparts and civil society. Deepening bilateral and multilateral (...)

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