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The Governor of Assam and Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court assure positive steps for providing relief and rehabilitation as well as restoring the rule of law in conflict affected district, Karbi Anlong

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The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), an all-India organisation of lawyers and social activists, has sought Assam governor J.B. Patnaik’s intervention to facilitate the safe return of people displaced by recent Karbi-Rengma clashes to their homes.

After visiting the areas affected by clashes in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, a six-member fact-finding team of the HRLN met Patnaik here last evening and submitted its recommendations which include creating a conducive atmosphere for the relief camp inmates to return home.

According to them, thousands of people are still waiting in the camps fearing a fresh bout of violence. The members of the HRLN team said during their visit the relief camp, the inmates had expressed unwillingness to return home because of a lack of security.

A senior lawyer of Sikkim High Court, Doma Bhutia, who was a member of the fact-finding team, told The Telegraph that Patnaik had assured them that all necessary security measures would be taken. “The governor also told us that he would visit the affected areas shortly to get a first-hand feel of the situation,” she said.

“The Assam government has set a January 20 deadline to send all relief camp inmates home, but a majority of them are reluctant as they are apprehensive about their security,” Bhutia said.

“They have told us that police and civil administration have failed to avert trouble despite giving them prior intimation that such a situation may arise. As a result, these people have lost faith in the government.”

The fact-finding team, comprising Bhutia, Sanjai Sharma, Satya Sagar, N. Sukumaran, Rosemary Dzuvichu and Samhita Baruah, visited Diphu, Santipur and Chowkohola areas in Karbi Anglong from January 14 to 18.


National Convention on using Law to Combat Communalism

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The National Consultation was organized by HRLN with Royal Netherland Embassy. The national consultation was organized to provide a platform for sharing grievances of the victims of communal violence and train civil society organizations, journalists, academicians, lawyers, judges, policemen and NGOs. The objectives of the consultation were to disseminate information in the community to use the legal system so that communal tendencies could be curbed in the society, government institutions, police & administration and strengthen secularism and democracy in the country.

Prior to this consultation, four regional consultations were organized in Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad to exchange ideas, experience, stories and to mobilize Lawyers, journalist and social activists.

The consultation also encouraged the victims of communal violence’s to share their stories of suffering,

Eminent activists, Mr. Jamil Azmi & Mohd Aslam shared their experiences of being attacked because they were supporting innocent Muslim youth, who are imprisoned on charges of terror cases. 


Indian American Muslim Council - Activity Report - For the Period of July 2011 to June 2012

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SLIC has been taking a very active stand in the various human rights violations happening in the project states. The Plan of Action required 50 cases to be done including 4 PIL’s (public interest litigations) and individual cases to be filed. In this respect SLIC has filed 9 PILs along with 45 individual cases.

As a result SLIC/HRLN used the tool of Public Interest Litigation and has filed 9 PIL’s against the commitment of 4. Brief of some of the important PIL filed by HRLN are mentioned below:

Public Interest Litigation Petition is filed in regard to the role of Gujarat Chief Minister in Gujarat 2002 riots. This petition insisted that the Commission summon Mr. Modi as the role of Chief Minister fell within the ambit of its terms of reference Since the government itself had amended the terms of reference for inquiry into the role and conduct of the Chief Minister and/or any Minister, it was necessary to summon Mr. Modi  as the Commission was about to complete the probe without examining him.

This petition raised questions on the role of commission itself as the commission was conducting the probe for 10 years without any outcome. The petition also requested the court that it could interfere if the Commission acting arbitrarily. Whereas the Hon’ble Supreme Court issue notices against Modi at the first stance but within week it recalled its own order the Bench recalled the notices it had issued to the Commission and the Gujarat government after it was found that the subject of the petitions was not related to the issues pertaining to the Commission. Further, the court dismissed the special leave petition(SLP) as withdrawn filed by Amrish N. Patel, representing the Jan Sangarsh Manch, after indicating that it would not entertain it.


National Consultation of Dalit Human Rights

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ON 20th and 21st March – 2010

AT Venue: HASSS, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh



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