Custodial Killings: What Goes Wrong Behind Bars

Shriya Gambhir

Prisons of the modern era, is a concept which was unknown to the people in the medieval times. In those times, the prisons were used to confine the debtors, persons accused of crimes that awaited their trial, religious or political offenders, and the convicts who awaited their sentencing. In the late 18th century, the use of capital punishment began to decline, the use and purpose of prisons was significantly increased. By the onset of the 21st century, Courts extensively started using the prisons as correctional and rehabilitation institutions for the offenders. The institution of a prison has eventually become a chief means to detain and punish the serious offenders. Continue reading

Breaking the blade: Takeaways from Sudan’s ban on FGM

Priyal Sepaha

FGM: violations and risks

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) refers to the practice of removal (the extent varies) of the external female genitalia or any damage inflicted due to mutilation injury. FGM is a worldwide human rights issue, affecting an untraceable number of girls. Continue reading

Turkey – A regressive step back to the 1950s

Fozia Hussain

I am here because I listen to my consciousness. Because I have children, because of my children. Because I desire to live in a country where we can still live”. (Kadir Demir, protester)

A law which would provide amnesty to men who have sex with girls under the age of 18 if they marry their victims is currently set to be introduced by the Turkish government. The proposed law could release men who have been sentenced for committing underage sexual offences such as statutory rape. Whilst the age difference between the two people has not been finalised yet, it is likely to be set between 10-15 years. Continue reading

COVID-19: A primer on Human Rights and International Health Regulations

Dr. Garima Tiwari

Picture Credits: Ontario Human Rights Commission 

The outbreak of coronavirus ( COVID-19)  first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China has created a worldwide scare and has highlighted the global vulnerability to all nations alike.  It has been declared as a “ public health emergency of international concern”. With the propensity of the disease to spread rapidly, ad-hoc emergency measures are being taken and laws and policies are being implemented relating to health measures, isolations, and travel bans. This pandemic clearly raises concerns regarding the viability of the international legal instruments in place to cater to such situations. Human rights concerns like the right to health, liberty, privacy, and freedom of movement all have come to test. Continue reading

Seeking refuge from climate change

Anne Watanabe

In January, NOAA and NASA announced that the previous decade was the hottest on record, and the UN warned of more extreme weather events in the new decade, the result of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Climate change’s impacts – whether in the form of massive wildfires, hurricanes or flooding, or slower-onset destruction by drought, sea level rise, or extreme heat – will increasingly drive migration worldwide as people flee their homelands. Continue reading