For adivasis in the central Indian state of
Madhya Pradesh, economic exploitation and social degradation go hand in hand. This
interview with Madhuri Krishnaswamy of JADS, an adivasi organisation, reveals
routine police protection of entrenched power hierarchies – and the political
confidence found to fight back.
There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
women in the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda?
A comprehensive peace will clearly not be achieved militarily, but
how can the warring factions engaged with the complex conflict in Afghanistan
be brought into negotiations? Engagement with Alternative Dispute Resolution
practices at the regional level offers potential.
In light of Commonwealth support for the upcoming Heads
of Government Meeting to be held in Colombo this November, here we are remindedof the dangers of Sri Lanka becoming a model for other governments in the global South to follow.
Until 2012, there was no comprehensive U.S. strategy on Afghanistan. Additionally, a number of systemic issues hampered the development of the Afghan state and economic gains. After the withdrawal of most U.S. troops in 2014,
the only viable option for Afghanistan's development lies in consolidating regional
After war, justice may come late or not at all: the decision
to try defendants without them being present suggests the Bangladesh
International Crimes Tribunal is not confident of gaining an extradition
While the nation is all set to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) later this year, Sri Lankan democracy is disintegrating, with systematic torture and arbitrary detention increasingly becoming a ‘way of life’.
On the basis of a flawed trial bereft of substantial evidence, my father has now been sentenced to 90 years in prison. The Bangladeshi people must decide whether justice for crimes past is really being acheived for a better, more cohesive Bangladesh.
massacre of Hefazat protesters in Dhaka by Bangladeshi security forces, followed
by the government’s initial denial and subsequent justification of casualties, raises
serious questions about the future security and stability of Bangladesh.
Celebrations to mark
the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war perform the function of collective forgetting.
If the country looked back at recommendations made in the past, Sri Lankans
might understand better how to go forward.
Though interreligious violence in Sri Lanka is not new, the emergence of the well-organized, well-connected Buddhist radical group reflects a broader problem today - the alarming shortage of critical and constructive
On the anniversary of the 26-year civil war, the Sri Lankan state celebrates its 2009 victory while Tamils mark the bloody nadir of the campaign to systematically dismantle the Tamil nation - one which continues today.
More than 65 years after partition, a mediated resolution to the Kashmir conflict remains illusory. Fear of escalation between nuclear rivals has prevented all-out war - but what will finally lead to peace?
The Rohingya, a Muslim minority from Rakhine State in Burma, are among the most persecuted minorities in the world. Hamid sends a letter detailing the violence and exclusion his community continues to face.
The latest conviction and death sentence handed down by the ICT has already sparked further protests. As the state-sponsored clampdown on the press quickly grows to encompass anyone willing to speak out, what does this mean for demands for accountability?
The protests in Shahbagh errupted apparently spontaneously in response to the first verdict handed down by Bangladesh's domestic tribunal for war crimes committed during the war of independence in 1971. The primary demand? The death sentence.
Ethnic cleansing is a crime
under international law. In the case of Pakistan, we
see a cold-hearted and detached response by the federal government. Who then
should be held accountable for these ruthless killings?