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What the policy of continuing the occupation and eliminating the alternatives has brought about is precisely despair and a pervasive sense of having no choice, leading us to the next round. Those who now shy away from calling to stop the war on Gaza—as if what has happened so far is not horrible enough—should at least think about its real, long-term consequences.

Legislating against Caste

Capturing Caste in Law: The Legal Regulation of Caste Discrimination by Annapurna Waughray; New York: Routledge, 2022; pp 336, £130.

Globalisation, Privacy, and Data Protection

Though the union government made efforts to protect the data of individuals with the introduction of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 and subsequently with the enactment of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, there are various lacunae which still need to be resolved. Against this background, the right to privacy and data protection in a globalised world is discussed, along with the need to bring about reforms for the effective implementation and protection of the same. 

Exploring Abortion Laws

Abortion has long been a divisive issue in the rights debate particularly when it is presented as a conflict between a woman’s right to choose and an unborn child’s right to live. Unsafe abortion can lead to long-term issues detrimental to woman’s health and psychological well-being, in addition to acute health risks and even fatality. This paper offers a comprehensive overview of current abortion laws and practices in Bangladesh, India, Russia, and the US. While restrictive laws are often violated, few of them are appropriate for their intended purpose. It is important to acknowledge that the right to make independent decisions about her own body and reproductive functions is at the very core of the fundamental rights of women.

The Lived Experience of the Law in India

Law, Justice and Human Rights in India: Short Reflections by Kalpana Kannabiran, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2021; pp 416, `1,500.

A Travesty of Justice

The lacuna in justice delivery mechanisms is a gross violation of basic human rights.

India has a Responsibility towards Myanmar Refugees in India

Since the military takeover of power in Myanmar at the beginning of last year, widespread violence, internal displacement, chaos, and human misery has set off a catastrophic refugee crisis in South Asia. As the military crackdown on protesting civilian shows no signs of abating, thousands of Myanmar citizens have left their homes without any hope of returning soon. Of those who fled Myanmar, many sought asylums in India. However, while India condemned the coup and the ongoing violence, it has shown scant regard to the protection of the rights of asylum-seekers. Even after a year since the coup, India refuses to accept those who crossed the border out of fear of persecution at the hands of the military as refugees. This article focuses on India’s obligations towards the refugees staying in the country. It argues that despite India being a non-signatory to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, India’s constitutional principles, refugee-related judicial pronouncements, and the various international conventions it has adopted obligate it to protect the refugees on its soil.

Stop the press

It’s a time of sleepless days

And angry nights.

Human rights stripped away,

Endless privilege on the other side.

The news so dark –

Jallikattu

Jallikattu makes a compelling argument for the intersectionality of animal and human rights.

Is Decent Work Elusive under Globalisation and 4IR?

The global production chain has entered the phase of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The emerging countries are not immune from the trend of technology adoption either through domestic or international competition. Excessive use of technology has subdued the possibility of creating enough decent jobs for India and other emerging countries. The weakening relationship between economic and employment growth led by intense global competition and technology penetration is likely to complicate the decent employment agenda.

Status of Women’s Reproductive Health in Bihar

Based on the National Family Health Survey data for 2015–16 and 2019–20, the article shows the precarious sexual and reproductive health of women in Bihar. While there are some improvements in this period, multiple indicators emerging from social and institutional determinants continue to show poor SRH of women in the state.

 

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