Note: The PUCL National Executive Committee during their meeting on 30th June and 1st July, 2018 had also discussed the serious situation existing in Assam pursuant to the exercise of the Government of Assam to create the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and heightened insecurity amongst members belonging to the minority community that this was an attempt to delegitimize them and to declare them ot be aliens and pushed out of the country, where they have been residing, in many instances for the last 40 to 50 years, if not more. We share the text of the Resolution that was prepared.
Human Rights are the privileges and liberties of the citizens which is a distinct part or organ of human life. Those are the birth rights of a human being and cannot be construed as if it is conferred by the Constitution of the country. Government often indulges into a swoop upon such rights. On the strength of its powers and authority it makes both, use and misuse of police force. Many such incidents have come to light after 1947 when attempts were made to violate human rights, freedom of thoughts, speech and the press.
Note: The electioneering for the 12th May, 2018 elections to the Karnataka Assembly saw political invectives and sloganeering descending to unbelievable depths. While it has become normal for personalised attacks to take place using the cover of electioneering, problem arises when history is distorted, false and fake references are used and conscious attempt made to malign historical figures, for the implication is not just fake information, but shaping of a false imagination.
The months of March and April, 2018 witnessed many events of human rights concerns which raise more questions about the future context of rights protection in India, than provide any substantial answer to demand for justice. A major focus of attention was on proceedings in the Supreme Court where a number of key litigations were either being concluded or in which key judgments were delivered, with overtones for the future.
Dr. Anoop Surendranath, Executive Director of the Centre on the Death Penalty of the National Law University, Delhi has decided to rename itself as `Project 39A’ ( www.project39a.com). The change is not just in name, but symbolises a change in the essential thrust of the research body which has contributed immensely to the Campaign against Death Penalty in India through its wide ranging and comprehensive research on death penalty issues.
In a communication to PUCL, Dr. Anoop Surendranath writes: