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About Meenakshi Ganguly

Meenakshi Ganguly is the south Asia director for Human Rights Watch. She joined HRW in 2004. Before then she was south Asia correspondent for Time magazine, where she reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Articles by Meenakshi Ganguly

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

“There was so much fear”

The outworking of the eight-year-old peace agreement in Nepal has embraced the government and its Maoist opponents. The women who were victims of sexual violence from both sides during the conflict have, however, been left out.

क्या भारत मानव अधिकार में एक अंतरराष्ट्रीय लीडर बन सकता है?

बढ़ते श्रमिक समुदाय वाली एक उभरती अर्थव्यवस्था होने के नाते भारत यह मानता है कि वैश्विक मामलों में उसकी आवाज़ को सुना जाना चाहिए। इस बात से कोई भी असहमत नहीं है। परंतु, महत्वपूर्ण विदेशी नीतियों के मुद्दों पर भारत को ऐसी पहलकदमी करनी चाहिए जो मानव पीड़ा को समाप्त करने का प्रयत्न कर सकती हों।. EnglishEspañol中国语文  



Can India be an international human rights leader?

As an emerging economy with a growing work force, India believes it should have a voice in global affairs. No one disagrees. But then, on crucial foreign policy issues, India should take initiatives that seek an end to human suffering. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights Español中国语文हिंदी

¿Puede India ser un líder internacional de derechos humanos?

Como una economía emergente con una fuerza de trabajo en crecimiento, India cree que debe tener voz en los asuntos internacionales. Nadie está en desacuerdo. Pero entonces, en asuntos cruciales de política exterior, India debe tomar iniciativas que puedan buscar terminar con el sufrimiento humano. English, हिंदी, 中国语文

Nepal: wrong trail, right track

The return to democracy in Nepal after the decade-long civil war has been bumpy. The question of amnesty for crimes committed during the war now faces the new Maoist-led government with a key choice, says Meenakshi Ganguly.

India, Arab democracy, and human rights

The democracy uprisings in the Arab world hold a lesson for New Delhi, says Meenakshi Ganguly: the need for a foreign-policy stance that matches India's global ambitions.

Sri Lanka's war: time for accountability

The end of Sri Lanka’s post-war electoral cycle makes it even more important for the world to stand for justice over the country’s human-rights abuses, says Meenakshi Ganguly.

This article was first published on 28 April 2010

Nepal: torture vs democracy

Nepal’s path to development remains hostage to the lack of accountability over human-rights violations during the country’s civil war, says Meenakshi Ganguly.

(This article was first published on 15 February 2010)

Sri Lanka’s hollow victory

The Colombo government's repression, detention and evasion in the wake of Sri Lanka's civil war highlight the need for an international inquiry into its last days, says Meenakshi Ganguly.

Sri Lanka’s displaced: the political vice

The desperate plight of Tamil civilians in northern Sri Lanka is the responsibility of the Colombo government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas alike, says Meenakshi Ganguly.

Sri Lanka under siege

The advance of Sri Lanka's army into the northern strongholds of the Tamil Tigers marks the end of a chapter in Sri Lanka's long civil war. But the conflict's human-rights toll is heavy, says Meenakshi Ganguly. 

After Mumbai: India’s democratic test

The Indian government’s response to the Mumbai assault needs to be guided by principled defence of rights and freedoms, says Meenakshi Ganguly.

(This article was first published on 2 December 2008) 

India’s election season: bad for minorities

The democratic process can be a pretext for India's politicians to foment ethnic sentiments for electoral gain, says Meenakshi Ganguly

Nepal: the human-rights test

The victory of the Maoists in Nepal's election sets a critical challenge for the government that will follow, says Meenakshi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch.

India and Burma: time to choose

A change of policy towards Burma's military dictatorship is needed to put India on the right side of history, says Meenakshi Ganguly.

China and Bhutan: crushing dissent

The state power of Beijing's communists and Thimpu's royalists is used to deny freedom to Tibetans and Nepalese under its heel, finds Meenakshi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch.

India's Dalits: between atrocity and protest

Indian laws, policies and political rhetoric appear to favour the rights of Dalits and other low-caste communities. But do these translate into improvement in their lives? Meenakshi Ganguly reports.

Sri Lanka: time to act

The vicious cycle of abuse in Sri Lanka's renewed conflict takes its heaviest toll on civilians, says Meenakshi Ganguly.


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