Working Group on Human Rights
in India and the UN
e-Newsletter on Human Rights
August - September 2012
Human Rights in India – Status Report 2012: Updated and RevisedWGHR Monitoring Tool for Recommendations from the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review for India
Human Rights in India – Status Report 2012: Updated and RevisedHuman Rights in India – Status Report 2012: Updated and Revised
WGHR Documents for
India’s Second UPR
Human Rights
in India
Status Report
Report for
India's 2nd UPR
UN documents for India's
2nd UPR
National report submitted
by the Government of India
Annexes to the National
Report – 1, 2, 3
Summary of 51
Stakeholders' Submissions
Compilation of UN
Report on 2nd UPR:
Recommendations made
to India (May 2012)
India's 2nd UPR:
accepted by the Govt. of
India (Sep 2012)


Latest News on India’s Second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 

Conclusion of India’s Second Universal Periodic Review, 20/09/2012

The On September 20, at its 21st session, the Human Rights Council considered and adopted the final outcome of the Second Universal Periodic Review of India. The final outcome consists of new UPR recommendations made to the Government of India to improve the human rights situation in the country. Read more 

WGHR Joint Oral Submission to the UN Human Rights Council on India’s Second UPR, 20/09/2012

WGHR in association with Forum Asia has delivered an oral statement on India’s Second UPR at the UN Human Rights Council, following the Government of India response on which UPR recommendations it accepted to implement within the next 4 and a half years. Read more 

WGHR Press release on India’s Second UPR and its final outcome, 21/09/2012

WGHR commented on the comprehensive review of India’s human rights record conducted at the UN Human Rights Council, and the pertinent recommendations that India received during its Second Universal Periodic Review. Read more 

News and Activities from WGHR Members

WGHR Press Release on Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 27/08/2012

In 1958, the Armed Forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers Bill was passed and since then the application of the “special powers” has been steadily spreading ever since. The prolonged application of AFSPA has not only institutionalized militarism and a climate of impunity but has also alienated the public and fuelled a cycle of violence, increasing insurgency rather than dampening it. Read more 

“Assam riots and dilemma of the Indian secularists”- an article by Suhas Chakma, Seven Sisters Post, August 2012

In India, secularism has come to mean opposing Hindu fundamentalists and supporting the Muslim minorities. According to Suhas Chakma, Indian secularists need to come out of the Hindu-Muslim narrative on communalism if they are to address the conflicts in Northeast India without any bias Read more 

“Finally, the will for the right ban”- an article by EnakshiGanguly-Thukral, The Hindu, 31/08/2012

The Cabinet Committee has passed the proposal seeking a total ban on employing children under 14 years old. According to the author, the only way to address child labour and poverty is to ensure that child labour is banned, every child is in school and that they are replaced by adults who are paid at least minimum wages. Read more 

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP): Press release on the Naroda Patiya case judgement, 01/09/2012

The Citizens for Justice and Peace describes as exemplary the sentencing meted out to those accused convicted in the Naroda Patiya massacre. CJP also provides basic information from the Court records on the incident and the role of the accused. Read more 

“Women’s groups skeptical about implementation of Bill”- an article by B. S. Perappadan, The Hindu, 04/09/2012

Women activists and organisations have welcomed the passing of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2010 but have also voiced out their apprehension about “the actual implementation and passing-on of the benefits that this would now afford to the women”. Read more 



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