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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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HRLN Advocate, Doma Bhutia's work on maternal health in Sikkim was recently recognized

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The HRLN Reproductive Rights Unit is proud to announce that HRLN Advocate, Doma Bhutia's work on maternal health in Sikkim was recently recognized in the December issue of "Talk Sikkim"! The article highlights the serious deficiencies in National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) implementation. In her Public Interested Litigation (PIL), Advocate Dr. Bhutia makes clear that a "denial of proper health care is [a] denial of the right to life."

Most recently, the Sikkim High Court ordered the state government to ensure the availability of life saving drugs in all hospitals and health centers, if they were not already available.

HRLN, its advocates, and activists work tirelessly to promote human rights throughout India. For more information, visit www.hrln.org.

 

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