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Authorities must ensure justice for victims of Kalinganagar shootings six years ago

Amnesty International Public Statement

[AI Index: ASA 20/001/2012

1 January 2012 (embargoed for release at 0001 GMT on 1 January 2012)]

Authorities in Orissa should no longer delay justice for the victims and survivors of the Kalinganagar police shootings six years ago when 12 adivasis (Indigenous people) were killed and 37 others injured, Amnesty International said today. Police opened fire when adivasis were protesting against the forcible acquisition of their lands and habitats and the insufficient compensation they received.

The shootings evoked widespread condemnation and prompted India's federal authorities to reconsider the current framework for land acquisition. They were the first in a series of attacks on adivasis and other marginalized communities protesting against forcible land acquisition for corporate-led industrial and extractive sector projects in India during the last six years.

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Representation of Human Rights Organizations on rustication of Mr Kotesh in EFL- University

Representation of Human Rights Organizations on rustication of Mr Kotesh from English & Foreign Languages University to Chairperson, Fact Finding & Inquiry Committee

Professor Amitha Dhanda

The Chairperson

Fact finding and Inquiry committee

EFL- University

Subject- Fact finding Representation of Human Rights Organizations on rustication of Mr Kotesh in EFL- University

Madam

We came to know that you are appointed as a chairperson of a committee to inquire in to a dispute between Asst Professor Ravindra Kumar Vemula and a Student Mr Kotesh. And your committee visited EFL-University and conducted an inquiry on 17th December 2011.

We, five Human Rights and Peoples Organisation also conducted a fact finding on the same issue on 2nd December 2011, and we would like to submit our fact finding representation to your committee on Behalf of Human Rights Forum, Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee, Telangana Praja Front, and Kula Nirmoolana Porata Samithi and Lambadi Hakkula Porata Samithi

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Government promotes the gutter of caste

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Vigil India movement

The 'Made Snana' practiced at the Kukke Subramanya temple, near Mangalore attracts severe criticism and equal amount of support in India. The practice involves devotees allowed to roll over plantain leaves; reportedly after dominant caste Brahmins have eaten from the leaves. It is believed that the ritual will cure skin diseases, in the past leprosy, mostly of the inferior castes, in particular the Dalits. The temple is under the Muzrai Department of the Government of Karnataka. Dr. Vedavyas Srinivas Acharya, a senior minister of the state cabinet, who is also responsible for higher education, planning, statistics and information technology departments in the state government heads the Muzrai department. Dr. Acharya is a medical doctor turned politician. 

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What the EXPLOSIVE Kandhamal tribunal report says

Vicky Nanjappa

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A report of the National People's Tribunal on the 2008 riots in Kandhamal, Orissa, is out. The report that runs into 197 pages points out that the brutality of the violence falls within the definition of 'torture' under international law, particularly the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

According to the tribunal, headed by Justice A P Shah, communal forces used religious conversions as an issue for political mobilisation and incited horrific forms of violence and discrimination against tribals and Dalit Christians.

The 12-member jury relied on the testimonies of 45 victims, survivors and their representatives.

The report, a copy of which is in rediff.com's possession, states that the targeted violence against tribals and Dalit Christian community in Orissa violates the fundamental right to life, liberty and equality guaranteed by the Constitution, and affirmed by the ICCPR, ICESCR, CERD and other international covenants.

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RTI activist targeted in Orissa for exposing 'ghost ponds'

Asian Human Rights Commission Statement

Orissa is one of the states in India that has failed to assimilate the spirit of the 73rd amendment of the Indian constitution, which provides a constitutional framework to the Panchayat Raj. The state has also failed to appreciate the Right to Information Act, 2005. The state's bureaucracy behaves as if it is in war with the right to information activists, for which they use the provisions of antiquated legislations like the Orissa Grama Panchayat Act, 1964 and Orissa Grama Panchayat Election Rules 1965. orissapond(Picture: A ghost pond in Khariar, Nawapara district, Orissa; courtesy of Ms Jin Ju, Researcher AHRC)

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Police Atrocities on Adivasis of Saranda Forest: A Fact Sheet

2 Oct 2011

The 'Saranda' literally means a forest of seven hundred small hills is also known as the largest Sal Forest in Asia, situated in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Approximately, 10,000 Adivasi families with the population of 1 lakh 25 thousand Adivasis live in the forest. The Adivasis depend on agriculture, forest produces and livestock for their livelihood. The forest is full of Iron-Ore therefore; there was always clash between the community and the business interest, which created space for the Maoist. Consequently, today the Maoists rule the vicinity. The Jharkhand police and the paramilitary forces have been carrying on series of joint operations against the Maoists. The "Operation Anaconda" was the last in the queue carried out in the Saranda forest from 1st to 31st of August 2011, led to rampant human rights violations of the Adivasis.

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INDIA: Police force a child to gather severed human parts in Indore

A Joint Statement by Vikas Samvad and the Asian Human Rights Commission

Despicable it might be, yet it is a relatively irrelevant incident in India. The latest is the case of Firoz, a 12-year-old boy who is now reportedly suffering from serious psychological trauma after being forced by a Head Constable of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to gather the severed remains of a human body run over by a train in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state. The incident happened on 26 September 2011 in full public view. According to the psychiatrist, Dr Ramghulam Razdan, Head of Department, Department of Psychiatry, at the MGM Medical College, who examined Firoz, the boy could be suffering from a "permanent phobic reaction" or that he has developed a "psychotic behaviour" as the direct result of his horrific experience. Firoz is reported to be a rag-picker boy, living in Indore, who initially refused to do the illegal job, but was forced to by the police constable, who also paid him Rs 100. DNA, an independent media group reported the incident on 1 October 2011.firoz

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