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.
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.
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:
The Chairman, National Human Rights Commission,
Manav Adhikar Bhavan, ‘C’ Block, GPO Complex, INA, Delhi
Please find herewith a copy of letter addressed by PUCL, Gujarat Unit, to H.E. the Governor of Gujarat, regarding non-appointment of top functionaries to head the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission.
On Friday, 20th April, 2018, by noon, news broke out that Rajinder Sachar – Sacharji to scores of rights activists – had passed away in a hospital at the ripe old age of 94. Within minutes, literally speaking, within less than an hour, we saw a deluge of email and Whatsapp messages, Press Reports and phone calls from people all across the country, all of whom had hundreds of emotions, reminiscences and experiences to share, of working with Sacharji - of battles fought, over many decades to protect rights, promote liberties, preserve the constitution.