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The EU-India People’s Summit

On 8th May 2021, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, India and the European Union meet virtually to hold their 16th Summit, in which they will take steps to negotiate a free trade agreement. The diplomatic summit is closed to civil society and stakeholders whose future the Summit will influence in the short- and long-term. To understand how these two...

India on the Brink: Preventing Genocide Summit

As seen recently in the calls for genocide against India’s Muslims at a “Religious Summit” in Haridwar by leaders of the Hindu nationalist movement, the situation in India is fast deteriorating. As India’s political leadership remains silent and violence escalates, India is on the brink of genocide. Held on the 20th anniversary of the horrific communal...

Is hate speech in India’s digital ecosystem transcending borders?

In 2021, the European Parliament recommended the EU’s External Action Service “work to eliminate and deter hate speech that incites discrimination or violence” in India, as it “leads to a toxic environment where intolerance and violence against religious minorities can occur with impunity.” As online content transcends borders, hate speech generated in India has a...

India’s domestic and foreign policy – Implications for trade

On 17 June 2022, the EU relaunched negotiations with India for a Free Trade Agreement after a nine-year hiatus. Yet, India’s continued economic ties with Russia and its increased Hindunationalism domestically are cause for concern. Ahead of the next round of FTA negotiations in October, this briefing seeks to foster an in-depth understanding of India’s...

Delhi Riots Case: The Unknown Faces Behind Bars under UAPA

Fluwelen Burgwal 58, The Hague, South Holland, NL, 2511 CJ

🎟 Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delhi-riots-case-the-unknown-faces-behind-bars-under-uapa-tickets-427052253787 Did you miss the event? Read the press release here: https://thelondonstory.org/2022/10/04/framed-for-terrorism-for-defending-constitutional-rights-indian-diaspora-commemorates-two-years-since-the-arrest-of-student-protestors/ The London Story, alongside The World Is Watching India team, invites you to a film screening and discussion to mark two years of unjust incarceration of 18 students and activists in India who were charged with terrorism for protesting against...

Global Solidarity with Defenders of the Indian Constitution

To mark two years since anti-CAA protestors were incarcerated, we join diaspora organisations across the world in hosting a film screening and discussion with: Family members of the incarcerated Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Mark Heywood, the Daily Maverick South Africa Delphine Reculeau, OMCT Did you miss the event? Read news...

Meeting HRDs: Atmosphere of hate against religious minorities in India

Between January 2017-September 2022, there were over 1436 verified instances of hate crimes in India. Over 86% of victims are Muslims, although violence against Christians has also risen by 81% between 2020 and 2021. Communal violence, physical assaults and lynchings have surged especially since congregations led by Hindu extremist leaders in December 2021, where attendees...

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...

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...

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...

How to stand up to an army: Meet HRD Babloo Loitongbam

On March 28, 15:00, join us at the Humanity Hub for a lecture and Q&A with Babloo Loitongbam, a human rights defender from India. Babloo is the Director of Human Rights Alert and has been fighting to defend human rights in Manipur, a conflict zone in the north east of India, for 30 years now....

The digital mob and its enablers: Gendered disinformation and online abuse against women in politics in India

Far from providing opportunities to participate in the public sphere, online spaces in India have evolved into places of relentless attacks and harassment for traditionally marginalized communities, especially women. Disinformation campaigns and trolling are pervasive, organized, and strategically deployed to seriously pollute the information system and electoral processes, resulting in weakening democratic debate and undermining...

Democracy on the Rocks: A Happy Hour for Civic Engagement

London Brasserie, Place du Luxembourg 8 Place du Luxembourg 8, Brussels

If you work on human rights, democracy, accountability, rule of law and foreign affairs, we’d love to have you at the table. Regardless if you work within the EU institutions on protecting human rights defenders through specific case files, conduct advocacy in an NGO to promote democratic values and human rights in the big picture,...

An FTA with another autocrat? The upcoming EU-India FTA

This session takes place as part of the annual conference by the Young Fair Trade Advocates. To participate in future sessions, register as a young fair trade advocate. In June 2022, the European Union and India resumed negotiations for “balanced, ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial” trade and investment agreements. Such negotiations already took place a...

Confronting Far-Right Extremism

Far-right extremists across the world, from India to South America, from Europe to the United States, are drawing on race, ethnicity, and religion to construct the idea of a dangerous and unwanted “other.”  As far-right extremists band together, the mounting wave of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and nativism transcends borders, manifesting in coordinated attacks on democratic institutions...

Democracy on the Rocks: A Happy Hour for Civic Engagement

London Brasserie, Place du Luxembourg 8 Place du Luxembourg 8, Brussels

Do you work on human rights, democracy, accountability, rule of law and foreign affairs? We’d love to have you at the table. Bring a friend or two, meet old colleagues, and let’s build new alliances within this space at our recurring flagship networking event. With (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) tapas and fresh tea provided, there will...

Minority Rights in India: Assessing Trends in the First Half of 2023

For religious and ethnic minorities in India, the first half of 2023 has been marked by arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial demolitions of houses, allegations of illegal religious conversions, mob attacks, and lynchings. The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion in its 2021 report considered India to be the country of most concern. The Early Warning...

Movie Screening “Writing with Fire” (with Quinoa and RIDHE)

Mundo-b, 26 rue d'Edimbourg 1050 Ixelles

On Thursday, October 12, join us to watch "Writing with Fire", a documentary by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. In a country where journalism is not considered a woman's profession, and where press freedom ranks 161 worst worldwide, Dalit women launched the local weekly Khabar Lahariya, which quickly gained in popularity. Barely initiated into journalistic...

International Lessons in the Implementation of the Digital Services Act (DSA)

With the Digital Services Act, civil society has a tool to Big Tech accountable for their role in spreading online hate and incitement to violence in the EU - but can it also be a tool for people in India and the rest of the world? On November 7, our Executive Director Dr Ritumbra Manuvie...

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