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Republic Day – Taking stock of constitutional rights protection in India

On January 26, India celebrates Republic Day, in honour of its Constitution that promises a secular republic governed by fundamental rights. Yet, at 75 years, the secular and multi-ethnic fabric its founding fathers envisaged is eroding as the executive restricts essential constitutional rights, including to religious freedom and freedom of speech. This briefing considers the...

Meet HRDs: India and its Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

The recent “Delhi Declaration” by the UN Security Council calls for zero tolerance towards terrorism. Yet, India’s own counter-terrorism legislation, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), has made a name for itself in being used against student protestors and human rights defenders. This briefing provides a space to meet and engage with Indian human rights...

Taking Stock of India’s Information Manipulation Ecosystem

There is increasing evidence that networks in India use social media platforms to manipulate public discourse, harass and intimidate independent voices. Use of social media and sophisticated technology is creating a partisan information environment that favours the ruling party, the far-right Hindu nationalist BJP. In fact, India’s long-standing home minister and architect of the BJP’s...