Working Group on Human Rights
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July - August 2014
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)


“WGHR in association with Forum Asia and Regional Initiative on South Asia Human Rights Mechanism organised a consultation” – 28.08.2014

A national consultation, “Building consensus for a south Asia Human Rights Mechanisms” was jointly organised by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi with the objective of establishing a regional human rights mechanisms for south Asian countries. The consultation witnessed participation of 120 participants from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

“The regional mechanisms in other parts of the world have made considerable contributions to promoting and protecting human rights and democracy. SAARC, which is best poised to host such a mechanism in South Asia must also follow the good practices in other regions. SAARC member States must thus formally engage in discussions for the establishment of a South Asian human rights mechanism at the upcoming SAARC summit.” urged Mr. Miloon Kothari, Convenor, Task Force – Regional Initiative for a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism.

“From Sri Lanka to Afghanistan people suffer while perpetrators enjoy impunity. The people and governments of South Asia must come together immediately to prevent any further violations. This is the only way in which we can ensure peace and stability in the region.” explained Mr. Henri Tiphagne, Convenor, WGHR.

The participants had drafted and adopted a Delhi Declaration expressing their resolution to work towards such a mechanism. A working group comprising of twelve persons was also formed to ensure implementation of the declaration.

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“WGHR organised advocacy missions with delegates from South Asia to form a South Asia Human Rights Mechanism” – 30.08.2014

On completion of the national consultation on 26-27 August 2014, a delegation of persons from Afghanistan, India and Nepal met with the National Human Rights Commission of India, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Parliamentarians and some Ambassadors of South Asian States in the Capital advocating for the establishment of a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism and greater cooperation in the protection and promotion of human rights. The delegation was thoroughly encouraged by the support and response of the civil society and officials.

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“WGHR organised a consulation with Indian Parliamentarians” – 14.08.2014

WGHR organised a consultation with the Indian Parliamentarians, the Implications of the Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights in India at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi on 13th August 2014. The two hour consolation was organised with the objective that all relevant stakeholders should be brought together in order to have a constructive dialogue with the GoI, respective Ministries/Departments regarding the implementation of the recommendations made during the UPR II in 2012 in view of the forthcoming Midterm review in September 2014 and UPR III in May 2016 in the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Around 30 people took part in the consultation which also included three members of Parliament, Mr. Udit Raj, Member of Parliament ( Bhartiya Janata Party); Jitender Chaudhry, Member of Parliament (Communist Party of India, Marxist (CPM); Mohammed Salim, Member of Parliament (Communist Party of India, Marxist (CPM).


UN Human Rights News

“India votes for the proposal to stop all discussions about various forms of the family at the UN Human Rights Council” – Indian Express, 01.07.2014

India reaffirms its stand on the issues of the LGBT by voting for the proposal to stop all discussions about various forms of the family at the UN Human Rights Council. The HRC resolution in question had called on states to protect the rights of families, recognised in several UN declarations as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society”. Several countries, however, led by Russia, successfully moved a “no action” vote to prevent discussion on this amendment. India, unfortunately but perhaps unsurprisingly, backed the Russian initiative.

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“Latest UN report asserts that one third of the world’s extreme poor live in India” – Indian Express, 17.07.2014

UN Millennium Development Goals report has said that India has one third of the world’s extreme poor. As per the data, India also had the highest child mortality rate in 2012 with 1.4 million children dying before the age of five. In terms of child nutrition, despite steady progress, 30 per cent of children below age five were underweight in South Asia.

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Human Rights in India

“New Shelters to be established by DUSIB (Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board)” – The Hindu, 01.07.2014

The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Borad (DUSIB) has announced establishing new shelters or urban homeless of Delhi. “We have already got two plots from the Delhi Development Authority [DDA] and plan to build new shelters for homeless residents. Two shelters will be located in Dwarka; three in Rohini, of which one is functional and the other is in the process of being acquired; one in Narela, and one in Ghazipur,” said DUSIB (Night Shelter) director Kamal Malhotra.

According to a survey conducted by DUSIB, from June 16 to 18, the DUSIB had found 16,760 homeless residents in 269 spots, of which over 11,000 were on the streets and 5,000 were in existing shelters. It has also been found that earlier temporary tin shelters were created which would get extremely hot during the summers and were inhabitable.

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“Supreme Court asks States’ views on Euthanasia” – Economics Times, 17.07.2014

The five judge bench comprising justices JS Khehar, Jasti Chelameswar, AK Skiri and RF Nariman, appointed senior advocate TR Andhyarujina as amicus curiae to assist the court in deciding the plea to legalize living wills headed by justice RM Lodha brushed aside the government's suggestion that the matter be left to elected legislative bodies to deal with in view of the legal complexities involved in making such living wills. It directed that all states and union territories give their views to enable it to take a call on whether a person can make a living will stipulating that she be allowed to die with dignity and life not be extended artificially in the eventuality of terminal illness or entering a vegetative state.

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“Delhi High court passes an order to expedite the rape cases” – 17.07.2014

In an order that would expedite the rehabilitation process, the high court on Wednesday asked the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) and the Delhi government to devise a "single-window" mechanism for providing immediate compensation to the survivors.

"We feel that victims need to be immediately awarded the amount and for this purpose there has to be a single window where they can take the receipt and get the money," said a division bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice S Mridul.

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