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H.H.Swami Chidanand Saraswati has been conferred upon Global Ambassador for Peace Award 2017

The All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice has celebrated INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY ‘2017 and 7th INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS & “7TH BHARTIYA MANAVA ADHIKAR SAMMAN’2017" for Peace, Harmony, Protecting and Promoting Human Rights by All India council of human rights, liberties & social justice with “National Council Of News & Broadcasting (NCNB), Asian Human Rights Council (AHRC) , Amnesty Worldwide (AW) , Universal Mission For Peace And Harmony (UMPH) And International Institute Of Human Rights Studies (IIHRS)”.

The Awards was presented at a simple ceremony taken place in DELHI in the presence of distinguished guests from all the sectors i.e. Social Activists, Religious Leaders, Social NGO, Foreign Diplomat, United Nation, Ex Ministers , Ex MLA , IAS , IPS, Judiciary , Advocates ,Sports, Film Industry , RWA , Journalists , Bureaucrats , Doctors, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, and Law Colleges, Universities, School etc. from all over the India and Globally.

The India Islamic Centre Auditorium was Jam packed with the respected guests. The speech of H.H.Swami Chidanand Saraswati , Archbishop Dr. Felix Machado , Archbishop Theodore Mascarenhas, Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni , Dr. Mustafa Taherali Saasa , Chief Imam Dr. Umer Ahmed Ilyasi , Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah ,Maj Gen. Satbir Singh ,Dr Sandeep Marwah and Dr. Mustafa Taherali Saasa (Dubai) , Archbishop Dr. Felix Machado - Mumbai , Pujya Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati Ji , Sir Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala - Mumbai, Dr. BK Binny Sareen , Prof. K K Aggarwal has touched the heart of the people.

The Various schools have participated and performed in the event as KR Mangalam World School , KIIT World School , Kuashlya World School and Ngo's.

High tea was served after the National Anthem.
The program has started well in time and well planned , guests have appreciated the time management and successful hosting the event.
Vote of thanks has been given by Dr. Anthony Raju , Global Chairman All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice.

We have reached to this pillar because of our "Media Personalities and Media Support"

The awards were conferred by

Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah , Former Vice Chancellor , Aligarh Muslim University
Chief Imam Dr. Umer Ahmed Ilyasi , President - All India Imam Organisation , Respresentation of half of Million Imam of India.
Maj Gen. Satbir Singh , Chief Mentor and Convener for One Rank One Pension Movement in India.
Dr. Mrs. Balvinder Shukla , Vice Chancellor - Amity University - Noida
Acharya Dr Lokesh Muni Ji , International Peace Activist , Founder - Ahimsa Viswa Bharti
Dr. Sandeep Marwah , Chairman , Marwah Studio and Marwah Group
Mrs. Neera Shastri , Daughter in Law , Former Prime Minister Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Ji and Dedicated Political leader for Women Rights
Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena , Founder Mahabodhi International Meditation Center . Laddakh
Ms. Sarah Suman Abraham , Leading Social Activist for Women and Child Rights.
Prof. K. K Aggarwal , Chancellor - K R Managalam University.
Brig Gurinder Singh , an enlightened dedicated Socail Worker & Vice Chairman ( Award Selection Committee - Armed Forces)
Dr. BK Binny Sareen , an enlightened dedicated spiritual trainer, author and relationship adviser. She is a well known expert for spiritual enhancement subjects and Rajyoga meditation

The Prominent Awards were conferred upon for 2017 :
His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop - Mumbai , “3rd DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM WORLD PEACE AWARD’2017”
H.H.Swami Chidanand Saraswati , Global Ambassador for Peace Award
Dr. Sanjana Jon “International Women Of Courage Award"
Dr. Mustafa Taherali Saasa (Dubai) , "Most Exceptional Entrepreneur Award"
Mrs. Chitra Roy ,“India's Most Eminent Cultural Ambassador Award"
Archbishop Dr. Felix Machado - Mumbai ,"Ambassador for Peace Award"
Mrs. Ekta Tarun Wasan - Mumbai ,“International Women Of Courage Award"
Yousif M. Buzaboon (Behrain) ,"International Human Rights Award"
Pujya Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati Ji, "Ambassador for Peace Award"
Jammu & Kashmir Police , "Pride Of Nation Award"
Prof. (Dr.) Talat Ahmad Vice Chancellor - Jamia Melia ,“Most Eminent Vice Chancellor Award"
Sir Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala - Mumbai , "Ambassador for Peace Award"
Brig. Rajiv Enoch Williams, YSM Vice President - CSR , Jindal Group
"Most Exceptional CSR Excellence Award"
T. Raja (Autowala) - Karnataka, “Real Life Hero For Humanity"
C. Sethupathi , "Most Exemplary Leadership & Social Justice Award"
Capt. Ashwani Kumar Reddy , Distinguish Services to Nation Award"
Satyanarayana Gottumukkala V , "Most Exceptional Corporate Leadership & Social Impact Award"
Lt. General Amit Sareen (Retd.), "International Human Rights Award"
Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh , Exceptional Performance Vice Chancellor Award"
Mrs. Swedsh Trikha , "International Human Rights Award"
Mr. B. L. Vohra IPS (Retd.), "Exemplary IPS Leadership Award"
Janab Sirajuddin Qureshi , "International Human Rights Award"
Mr. B.R. Kamrah , " International Human Rights Award"


The Awards will be presented at a simple ceremony taking place in DELHI. The presence of expected guests from all the sectors i.e. Governors , Human Rights Commission , Social Activists, Religious Leaders, Social NGO, Foreign Diplomat, United Nation, Member Of Parliament , IAS , IPS, Judiciary , Advocates ,Sports, Film Industry , RWA , Journalists , Bureaucrats , Doctors, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, and more than Law Colleges, Universities, School etc. from all over the India and Globally.

Feel free to contact for any clarification or help.
With warm regards,

Dr. Anthony Raju

Advocate , Supreme Court of India.
International President: World Inter-Faith Council for Peace & Human Rights
Chairman : International Institute for Human Rights Studies
International Convener, Universal mission for Peace and Human Rights.
Chairman, National Council of News and Broadcasting.
Secretary General : Asian Human Rights Council
Chairman : National Legal Council
International Convener: World Inter-Faith dialogue for Peace & Human Rights
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(New Delhi) – The Indian authorities routinely use vaguely worded, overly broad laws as political tools to silence and harass critics, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government should repeal or amend laws that are used to criminalize peaceful expression.

A demonstrator waves the Indian national flag during a protest on February 18, 2016, in New Delhi, India, demanding the release of Kanhaiya Kumar, a student union leader accused of sedition. In 2016 there has been a spike in the number of sedition cases filed nationwide.

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India’s Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech and expression, but recent and colonial-era laws, such as sedition and criminal defamation, not only remain on the books but are frequently used in an attempt to clampdown on critics.

“India’s abusive laws are the hallmark of a repressive society, not a vibrant democracy,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Putting critics in prison or even forcing them to defend themselves in lengthy and expensive court proceedings undermines the government’s efforts to present India as a modern country in the Internet age committed to free speech and the rule of law.”

The Indian authorities routinely use vaguely worded, overly broad laws as political tools to silence and harass critics.

The 108-page report, “Stifling Dissent: The Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in India,” details how criminal laws are used to limit and chill free speech in India. It documents ways overbroad or vague laws are used to stifle political dissent, harass journalists, restrict activities by nongovernmental organizations, arbitrarily block Internet sites or take down content, and target marginalized communities, particularly Dalits, and religious minorities.

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The report is based on an in-depth analysis of various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including laws on sedition, criminal defamation, hate speech, and hurting religious sentiment, as well as the Official Secrets Act, Information Technology Act, and Contempt of Courts Act. It is based on interviews with defendants and targets, civil society activists, journalists, and lawyers. It includes public statements by the government, court documents, and media accounts of criminal proceedings against those involved in peaceful speech activities or peaceful assembly.

One of the most abused laws is the sedition law, which has been used by successive governments to arrest and silence critics. Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code prohibits any words, spoken or written, or any signs or visible representation that can cause “hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection,” toward the government. While India’s Supreme Court has imposed limits on the use of the sedition law, making incitement to violence a necessary element, police continue to file sedition charges even in cases where this requirement is clearly not met.

Most recently, the abuse of the sedition law became subject of national debate after Kanhaiya Kumar, a student union leader at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, was arrested for sedition on February 12, 2016. The government acted on complaints by members of the student wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, who accused Kumar of making anti-national speeches during a meeting organized on campus. India’s minister for home affairs warned that those who shouted anti-India slogans and challenged India’s sovereignty and integrity during these meetings “will not be tolerated and spared.” Two more students were arrested for sedition in the same case, while three others were booked. The court granted a six-month interim bail after the police’s admission that they had no evidence of anti-national sloganeering by Kumar, and certainly no evidence of incitement to violence. The government, however, failed to admit that the arrests were wrong.

In October 2015, authorities in Tamil Nadu state arrested folk singer S. Kovan under the sedition law for two songs that criticized the state government for allegedly profiting from state-run liquor shops at the expense of the poor.

In a controversial and disappointing verdict, in May 2016, India’s Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of criminal defamation law saying, “A person’s right to freedom of speech has to be balanced with the other person’s right to reputation.” However, the court did not explain how it concluded that the law does not violate international human rights norms, which call for abolishment of criminal defamation, or offer a clear or compelling rationale as to why civil remedies are insufficient for defamation in a democracy with a functioning legal system.

The frequent use of criminal defamation charges by the Tamil Nadu state government, led by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, against journalists, media outlets, and rival politicians shows how laws can be used to silence critics of the government. The Tamil Nadu government reportedly filed nearly 200 cases of criminal defamation between 2011 and 2016. For instance, the Tamil-language magazines Ananda Vikatan and Junior Vikatan, both published by the Vikatan group, face charges in 34 criminal defamation cases, including for a series of articles assessing the performance of each cabinet minister.

Criminal defamation laws should be abolished because they can lead to very harsh consequences, including imprisonment, Human Rights Watch said, a view endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and various special rapporteurs on human rights.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has frequently said he and his government are committed to upholding the right to freedom of speech. “Our democracy will not sustain if we can’t guarantee freedom of speech and expression,” he said in June 2014. Yet the Modi government has not only failed to address laws which are frequently used to crush these rights, but has used them, as did previous governments, to treat criticism as a crime. His government argued in the Supreme Court for retention of criminal defamation law, saying without offering a compelling explanation that monetary compensation through civil lawsuits is not a sufficient remedy for damage to a person’s reputation.

Successive Indian governments have failed to protect freedom of expression despite repeated reminders by the courts that it is the state’s responsibility to maintain law and order and that threats to public order cannot be grounds to curtail speech.

While some prosecutions involving sedition, criminal defamation, and other laws documented in the report were dismissed or abandoned in the end, many people who have engaged in nothing more than peaceful speech have been arrested, held in pretrial detention, and subjected to expensive criminal trials. Fear of such actions, combined with uncertainty as to how the statutes will be applied, leads to a chilling environment and self-censorship.

The Indian government should review all these laws, and repeal or amend them to bring them into line with international law and India’s treaty commitments, Human Rights Watch said. Many countries in the region also have anachronistic British colonial laws on the books, and India should lead reform efforts.

“India’s courts have largely been protective of freedom of expression but as long as you have bad laws on the books, free speech will remain under threat,” said Ganguly. “It is an enormous irony that India projects itself worldwide as a government embracing technology and innovation, yet is relying on century-old laws to clamp down on critics. India has an opportunity and the responsibility to launch reforms immediately, which could set a positive example to other countries in the region similarly bogged down by antiquated laws.”

Recommendations for India:

  • Develop a clear plan and timetable for the repeal or amendment of laws that criminalize peaceful expression;
  • Drop all pending charges and investigations against those who are facing prosecution for the exercise of their right to freedom of expression and assembly; and
  • Train the police to ensure inappropriate cases are not filed with courts. Train judges on peaceful expression standards so that they dismiss cases that infringe on protected speech.

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The Pakistani government should reduce rights violations against Afghan refugees by extending their legal residency status until at least December 31, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 12, 2016, the government extended registered Afghan refugees’ Proof of Residency (PoR) cards until June 30, 2016.

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As Human Rights Watch has documented, the uncertain residency status of Afghan refugees in Pakistan has encouraged police harassment, threats, and extortion of Afghan refugees, particularly since the December 2014 attack on a Peshawar school by the Pakistani Taliban.

“Pakistan’s six-month residency extension reduces Afghan refugees’ insecurity, but the government also needs to stop police abuse of refugees,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director. “A two-year extension both sends the message that refugees shouldn’t be pressured to go home and would give officials time to work out resettlement to third countries and other longer-term solutions.”

The temporary extension of the PoR cards, which officially recognize their holders’ status as “Afghan citizen[s] temporarily residing in Pakistan,” is a relief to the country’s 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees whose existing PoR cards had expired on December 31, 2015. However, the six-month extension falls far short of the end-2017 date recommended by the Ministry for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON). The extension also fails to address the insecurity among refugees over the duration of that status and uncertainty regarding protection should the government end PoR status.

That insecurity is exacerbated by implicit and explicit threats by Pakistani officials over the past year, saying that after the expiration of their PoR cards, their holders become “illegal aliens and have no right to stay [in Pakistan].”

Pakistan is host to one of the largest displaced populations in the world. The 2.5 million Afghan refugees, which according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) include an estimated 1 million undocumented Afghans living in Pakistan as of November 2015, consist of many who fled conflict and repression in Afghanistan during the late 1970s and early 1980s, and their descendants. Some arrived as children, grew up in Pakistan, married, and had children of their own who have never lived in Afghanistan. Others have arrived in the decades of turmoil in Afghanistan since, seeking security, employment, and a higher standard of living.

Afghans in Pakistan have experienced a sharp increase in hostility since the so-called Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, killing 145 people, including 132 children. The Pakistani government responded to the attack with repressive measures including the introduction of military courts to prosecute terrorism suspects, executions after the lifting of an unofficial moratorium on the use of the death penalty, and proposals to register and repatriate Afghans living in Pakistan. On June 23, the federal minister for the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, Gen. (Rtd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch, announced that there would be no official reprisals against the country’s Afghan population in response to the Peshawar attack. Despite that promise, Pakistani police have pursued an unofficial policy of punitive retribution that has included raids on Afghan settlements; detention, harassment, and physical violence against Afghans; extortion; and the demolition of Afghan homes.

Such police abuses have prompted fearful Afghans to restrict their movements, leading to economic hardship and curtailing access to education and employment. This oppressive situation has prompted large numbers of Afghans to return to Afghanistan, where they face a widening conflict and continuing insecurity. Deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan prompted more than 80,000 Afghans to leave their country in 2015 and seek asylum in Europe. The return of Afghans uprooted by police abuses in Pakistan, where many have lived for decades, to Afghanistan may add to the numbers of those seeking refuge in Europe as conditions deteriorate in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan could reduce police abuses by extending residency cards for Afghan refugees,” Kine said. “This would also provide the government space to develop a long-term, rights-respecting solution for the Afghan refugees.”

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Melbourne, Oct 26 (PTI) Australia and India will hold talks on counter-terrorism, cyber security and international crime cooperation in New Delhi during the ongoing official visit of Trade Minister and Attorney General.

The discussions will be held during the official visit of Australian Attorney-General George Brandis who is in India along with Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Brandis is on official visit to India from October 25 to 29. He will be meeting key government counterparts besides participating in the Australia-India Leadership Dialogue.

"I will use the visit to engage on matters of national security and to encourage greater security and legal cooperation between Australia and India," Brandis said yesterday.

"I will use the visit to engage on matters of national security and to encourage greater security and legal cooperation between Australia and India," Brandis said yesterday.

"I will provide an update on Australia's legislative reforms and deradicalisation programs and will be interested in hearing from my Indian colleagues about their response to this growing problem," Brandis said.

"It is important that we work together to mitigate the threat of foreign fighters and to counter violent extremism.

Options for improving bilateral cooperation on countering violent extremism will be explored under the India-Australia Security Framework which was agreed to in 2014," he added.

Brandis is also participating in the inaugural Australia- India Leadership Dialogue, a forum which will provide a platform for leaders from a range of sectors, including government, corporate and academia to come together to further develop the Australia-India bilateral relationship and to enhance the links between the two countries.

"My visit will also support efforts to enhance legal services access for Australian lawyers in India, which is an important area of discussion in the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation negotiations," he said.

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A major report from Amnesty International released to coincide with this weekend’s Formula One grand prix has warned that human rights abuses in Bahrain continue “unabated” despite repeated assurances from the authorities that the situation is improving.

The Bahrain Grand Prix has become a prism through which human rights groups have sought to focus attention on the situation in the country after protests in the capital by pro-democracy campaigners in 2011 caused the race to be cancelled.

The Amnesty report details dozens of cases of detainees being beaten, deprived of sleep and adequate food, burned with cigarettes, sexually assaulted, subjected to electric shocks and burned with an iron. One was raped by having a plastic pipe inserted into his anus.

It said the report showed torture, arbitrary detentions and excessive use of force against peaceful activists and government critics remained widespread in Bahrain.

The organisation said the report showed the Bahraini authorities continued to abuse human rights despite repeatedly insisting they had exceeded the provisions set out in a report produced by the UN-backed Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in 2011.

Earlier this year the UK’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond praised Bahrain as a country “travelling in the right direction” and other western countries have praised Bahrain’s progress.

But Amnesty concludes: “More than three years after Bahrain agreed at the highest level to accept and implement all the BICI recommendations, the steps introduced so far – while positive on a number of aspects – have been piecemeal and have had little impact in practice.”

Partly due to the unapologetic attitude of the Formula One chief, Bernie Ecclestone, who has tilted the calendar away from Europe and towards Asia and the Middle East, the sport has found itself at the centre of the debate over whether human rights should be a factor in staging major sporting events.

Two years ago Ecclestone said he thought Bahrain was “stupid” to host the grand prix because it gave demonstrators a platform to protest. He said it was not for him to judge how a county ran its own affairs. “We’re not here, or we don’t go anywhere, to judge how a country is run,” he said. “Human rights are that the people that live in a country abide by the laws of that country.”

Dissidents and exiled campaigners have warned that hosting the race increases instances of human rights abuses because authorities clamp down further on freedom of speech and assembly.

Amnesty’s report alleges the authorities have conducted a “chilling” crackdown on dissent, with activists and government critics rounded up and jailed, including some detained for posting comments on Twitter or – in one case – for reading a poem at a religious festival. Public demonstrations in Manama, the capital, have been banned for nearly two years.

Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa deputy director, said: “As the world’s eyes fall on Bahrain during the grand prix this weekend, few will realise the international image the authorities have attempted to project of the country as a progressive reformist state committed to human rights masks a far more sinister truth.

“Four years on from the uprising, repression is widespread and rampant abuses by the security forces continue. The notion that Bahrain respects freedom of expression is pure fiction. Where is the freedom in a country where peaceful activists, dissidents and opposition leaders are repeatedly rounded up and arbitrarily arrested simply for tweeting their opinions, and reading a poem can get you thrown in jail?”

The Bahraini authorities have pointed to the economic benefits of hosting the grand prix, arguing it supports the employment of 4,000 locals and brings almost $300m into the economy.

This week, an organisation called Americans for Democracy on Human Rights in Bahrain said it had mediated an agreement with Formula One to implement a policy that analyses the human rights impact its presence might have on a host country. How that works in practice remains to be seen.

It said: “As a result of that process, Formula One Group has committed to taking a number of further steps to strengthen its processes in relation to human rights in accordance with the standards provided for by the guidelines. Formula One also takes this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to respect internationally recognised human rights”.

During the mediation process Nabeel Rajab, a member of ADHRB’s advisory board and the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was arrested.

The organisation said: “This arrest amounts to a signal that the government will broach no criticism or dissent before or during the race, which has previously attracted significant anti-government protest.”

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Beijing, Mar 28 (PTI) Chinese President Xi Jinping today said that China stands ready to sign treaties of friendship and cooperation with all its neighbours to provide strong support for the development of bilateral relations as well as prosperity and stability in the region.

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 28 (INBN) Malaysia will release an interim report on the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on March 7, a day before the first anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of the plane along with 239 people, including five Indians, on board.

Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the country's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will release the report which will focus on the investigation only.

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