The ‘Colombo Development Dialogues’ (CDD) is a collaborative initiative by the LSE South Asia Centre and the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka, in partnership with Dilmah Tea, the Citra Social Innovation Lab and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. The third Colombo Development Dialogues on ‘Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and the 2030 Agenda’ was held on 5 […]
There are over 1,369 different languages in India but many face the real threat of disappearing in the near future. P Avinash Reddy looks at the available constitutional protections as well as the institutional threats that minority languages face – and how affirmative action might hold the key to protecting them.
Language is a crucial and defining aspect in the life of every individual. […]
After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have lost hope. South African transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka and former BBC Correspondent Frances […]
Over one-hundred million Adivasis call India home, however many of them have been deprived of their constitutionally mandated rights and dispossessed of their lands. Focusing on the Bhil and the Gond communities in Madhya Pradesh, Ashish Vaidya (Colorado State University), argues that they are not just systemically disadvantaged, but victims of a form of structural colonial violence that grew […]
Earlier this year the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the removal of international protection for thousands of Chin refugees in India and Malaysia. With the conflict between the Arakan Army and Burmese military in Chin State continuing, Michael Howard and Salai SH Lian from the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) explain why now is […]
Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Law is not just a tool for denying the Rohingya their rights, it has also contributed to the military’s acts of genocide against them. With elections in two years, the next 12 months may be the last chance to reform the law, give the Rohingya their long overdue citizenship rights, and help create conditions for the safe […]
Shubhangi Agarwalla argues that the death penalty has bureaucratised death and in doing so, relieved individuals of a sense of their own moral responsibility within its delivery. Considering Derrida’s seminal argument on mercy, Indian society must reconsider the pivotal role of mercy within justice, writes Agarwalla.
In India there has recently been such a sustained focus on the right to […]
“If the state starts to see sense, then people will follow. But I think this will take time” – Ibn Abdur Rehman
Preceding an evening of celebrating the life of eminent human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir at LSE, her friend and fellow activist I.A. Rehman discussed his work in Pakistan, the establishment of the HRCP (Human Rights Commission, Pakistan) and Asma’s powerful legacy with Amber Darr.
AD: How did you begin your human rights journey?
IAR: It started in 1949, when I […]
Following her panel presentation on minorities during the LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit, Dr Meghna Guhathakurta spoke with Laraib Niaz on the Rohingya crisis, radicalisation and the challenges facing minority women.
LN: You have been working with Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB),to assist the Rohingya refugees, since 2011. Could you elaborate on how the work is helping refugees in their integration in the […]
“All we want to do is fit in. To be accepted. To be part of the group”: Discussing LGBTQ rights in Bangladesh
Following the LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit, a representative from a queer collective in Bangladesh spoke to Rebecca Bowers on the current status of LGBTQ rights in the country.
RB: Can you share with us the journey that led you to becoming a gay rights activist?
I grew up in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh but since my graduation I have […]