Category Archives: Law

Nov 22 2017

‘The Illusory Safe Haven’: Examining Bangladesh’s Position on Managing the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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*By Chandni Ghatak In the past few months, the Indian subcontinent has witnessed a refugee problem due to alleged instances of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. This has caused several thousand people to … Continue reading

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Oct 30 2017

India’s Rohingya Deportation Quagmire: Misplaced Nationalism or a Pragmatic Middle-ground?

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By Siddharth Sunil* Around the 9th of August 2017, news first broke that the Indian Central Government had passed detailed orders directing, inter alia, the deportation of Rohingya Muslims from the country. The order was passed under Section 3(2) (c) … Continue reading

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Sep 29 2017

Mercury Poisoning: Taking action before it’s too late!

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By By Richa Sharma and Raghav Trehan* “And virtually none of the children knew that mercury is toxic,” -Juliane Kippenberg [1]   Mercury is a silver coloured liquid metal which is found in a mercury sulfide mineral called Cinnabar [2]. Mercury is … Continue reading

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Aug 1 2017

The Quandary of the Climate Change Migrants: Revisiting the Climate Change Displacement Co-ordination Facility and their Legal Status

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By Rudresh Mandal and Hardik Subedi* Climate change today represents an onerous challenge to legal responsibility across geographical and inter-generational boundaries. Both the environmental as well as the social effects of global climate change are necessitating a re-imagination of the … Continue reading

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Jul 25 2017

A New Spate of Extra-Judicial Killings in Kenya: Redefining Rights and Obligations under International Law

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By Godfrey Mwango* Introduction On 1st April, 2017, Kenya’s television media [note: link to video contains potentially disturbing footage] broadcast appalling scenes of a young man being shot dead by the police in East Leigh, Nairobi. The Black’s law dictionary … Continue reading

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Jul 19 2017

The Right to Health in the Context of HIV Healthcare in India: Some Thoughts on the New HIV Bill

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By Diksha Sanyal* On April 11, 2017, the Indian Parliament passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as ‘Act’). This Act was viewed as an opportunity to make access to … Continue reading

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Jul 7 2017

Non-Refoulement as Lex Specialis?

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By Jenny Poon* Academic debates often surround whether refugee law is lex specialis, so that when both refugee law and human rights law apply in the same scenario, refugee law will take precedence over and displace the human rights law … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2017

Violence Against Doctors: A Subtle Violation of Human Rights

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*By Ananye Krishna In the state of Maharashtra, generally, the people and the doctors are not aware of their rights and liabilities. This lack of awareness leads to the grief and anger of patients being targeted at the first person … Continue reading

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Jun 5 2017

The Regressive Russian Amendment

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By Surya Rajkumar* Note: This post was originally published in Oxford University’s Human Rights Blog. It has been republished with minor edits here. To read the original, visit http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/domestic-violence-and-the-regressive-russian-amendment/ On the 8th of February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into … Continue reading

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May 19 2017

Revisiting India’s Obligations against Custodial Torture

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By Aditya Manubarwala* Although it has been 20 years since India signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, a ratification of the same is still nowhere on the anvil. India does … Continue reading

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