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'Disappearances' in Kashmir

The disappearance of large numbers of persons in Kashmir, what the UN Declaration on the subject terms as 'enforced disappearance', is a matter of national shame. However, it has not evoked much concern in the country, even from civil liberties organisations or, till very recently, from the National Human Rights Commission. Against this dismal background Zahir-ud-Din's book Did They Vanish in Thin Air?, which documents in authentic detail 139 cases of enforced disappearance, deserves the widest attention.

Collusion of Security Forces with Renegade Militants

The recent report of John Stevens, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in UK, has exposed the security forces' collusion with renegade militant bodies in Northern Ireland. The report is of extreme relevance to us in India where the security forces have made regular and systematic use of renegade militants in Kashmir and earlier in Punjab.

Anti-Terrorism Legislation

We need a wider perspective on our anti-terrorism laws which comparison with similar laws elsewhere alone can provide.

British Court's Censure of US Detentions

Since its offensive against terror began, Guantanamo Bay has been used by the US to detain prisoners and suspected terrorists, denying them all the well-established human rights, specifically the right to habeas corpus. African and Asian visitors, especially Muslims, have also complained of similar discrimination by increasingly paranoiac US authorities, haunted by the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. The recent judgment of the English Court of Appeal in response to a petition filed on behalf of a detainee, a British citizen, is but a measured censure of the US treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Human Rights Literacy

The Law of Human Rights by Richard Clayton and Hugh Tomlinson; Oxford University Press, Volumes 1 and 2, pp 1,670 and 285. The Law of Human Rights by Richard Clayton and Hugh Tomlinson; First Annual Updating Supplement; Oxford University Press, pp 288, £ 180 for Vols 1 and 2 and the Supplement; £ 45 for the Supplement for those who bought Vols 1 and 2 last year. Prisoner’s Rights by Colin Gonsalves, Monika Sakhrani and Annie Fernandes; Vidyullata Pandit, Vidhayak Sansad, Vasai and Human Rights Law Network, Mumbai, pp 968.

Excesses of the Intellect?

The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics by Mark Lilla; New York Review of Books; pp 216, $ 24.95.

Cheating Parliament

When the executive refuses to issue the notification announcing the date a particular law passed by the legislature comes into force, the judiciary is well within its powers to intervene. Yet, there have been occasions when the apex court has allowed such wrongs to go unchecked.

Demise of Islamism?

Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam by John L Esposito; Oxford University Press, 2002; pp 196, Rs 295. Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid; Orient Longman, 2002; pp 281, Rs 295

Narendra Modi's Directive to the Press

The print media, bar sections of the Gujarati press in Ahmedabad, have done the nation proud by its objective coverage of the Gujarat carnage. So have the electronic media. Rattled by the bad press it has been getting, the Narendra Modi government has asked three news agencies in Ahmedabad to put out positive stories to refurbish the government's image and thereafter to act as informers on which newspapers print the planted features and which do not.

Law of Libel in Pakistan

It is heartening to see the apex courts of India and Pakistan agreeing on an aspect of the law of defamation which affects the freedom of the press - that the press is free to comment on the conduct of a public figure and is not guilty of defamation unless the defendant proves malice.

Human Rights in Kashmir

The Press Council of India’s ‘committee’ under B G Verghese produced a report exonerating army personnel of mass rape at Kunan Poshpora in 1991; however, the victims continue to suffer even today. With regular allegations of human rights violations being made in the Kashmir press, there is a dire need to set up a thorough, impartial and credible inquiry into the charges.

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