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India’s Human Rights Lawyer Colin Gonsalves Named 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureate

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Colin Gonsalves, one of the most notable human rights lawyers of his generation, has been announced a Laureate of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Gonsalves is Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and the founder of the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN).

Colin Gonsalves is recognized by the jury “for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India’s most marginalised and vulnerable citizens”.

The announcement was made today at the International Press Centre at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs by Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, and Maina Kiai, Jury member and former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

Upon receiving the news, Gonsalves commented: “I am both humbled and privileged by the Award. It comes at a time when India is going through a dark period and human rights activists are under siege. The platform the Foundation provides will help us strengthen democratic resistance at this critical stage.”

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Supreme Court directs reservation in promotion for disabled persons in Government jobs

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In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Thursday set aside Government of India instructions disallowing reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities, and held that wherever posts are identified to be suitable for disabled persons, 3% reservation must be given in direct recruitment as well as in promotion. The case, argued by Rajan Mani, Advocate of the Disability Law Initiative, in coordination with the Human Rights Law Network, represents success in a hard fought battle waged by persons with disabilities for equal opportunity and representation in the higher echelons of Government. Hitherto, disabled persons were likely to stagnate at the lower levels of the organizational hierarchy, as their promotion to higher level posts was made difficult because of their physical disadvantage.

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HRLN's new publication, Burning Injustice: A rights advocacy manual for lawyers, activists and survivors on acid violence in India, featured in UKAID's latest evidence digest

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HRLN's new publication, Burning Injustice: A rights advocacy manual for lawyers, activists and survivors on acid violence in India, featured in UKAID's latest evidence digest

ACID VIOLENCE

Burning Injustice: A rights advocacy manual for lawyers, activists and survivors on acid violence in India (November 2014). This manual published by Human Rights Law Network aims to create awareness around the legal, social, economic and medical ramifications of acid violence in India. Survivor testimonies throughout the manual illustrate the full range of alienation, apathy, and physical trauma that survivors experience.

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HRLN welcomes the Supreme Court decision to grant permanent bail to Soni Sori and Linga Kododopi

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HRLN along-with other Human Rights activists has been fighting long and hard to get justice for adivasi school teacher and Mr Linga. They can now visit Chhattisgarh.

In a major relief to Ms. Sori, the Supreme Court on Thursday provided her permanent bail, saying she could visit her hometown Dantewada. Sori  was arrested in October 2011 on charges of helping the Maoists get 'protection money' from steel giant Essar.

"Giving electric shocks, stripping me naked, shoving stones inside me - is this going to solve the Naxal problem," she had once asked in a letter to the Supreme Court.  Human rights activists insisted that Sori was jailed for questioning violations of law by the police and security forces in the state.

"Chhattisgarh has an unwritten set of rules about how an adivasi should behave. You don't organise, you don't agitate, you don't protest against human rights violations, you don't protest against the state, and you certainly don't protest against industrial houses that are in Bastar to usher in the industrial revolution," says, Himanshu Kumar, a social activist.

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HRLN salutes the memory and legacy of Asghar Ali Engineer

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Asghar Ali Engineer

Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, legendary human rights, peace and anti-communal activist of India died in Mumbai on 14th May 13 after prolonged ailment. He was 74.

Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate Supreme Court and Founder of Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) said “he was one of greatest human rights activists of our time and a source of inspiration for all of us at HRLN. He was a regular contributor to our efforts. We are going to miss him a lot in our struggles”.

HRLN salutes the memory and legacy of this tireless crusader for human rights, justice and communal harmony.

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