ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Protecting Migrant Workers

The international convention seeking to protect rights of migrant workers that comes into force in early 2003 is path-breaking in several ways. It seeks to establishes international standards of treatment for migrant workers and their families.

Caste Discrimination and UN

The United Nations Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination, concluding its discussion on descent-based discrimination, strongly condemned caste practice in south Asia. This describes a new framework for moving towards the elimination of caste-based, descent-based discrimination.

Ethnic Conflicts and Minority Rights

The promotion of minority identity requires special measures intended to facilitate the maintenance, reproduction and further development of the culture of minorities. The issue is not one of conflicts between rights or of discrimination, but of generating confidence among minorities about the protection of their identity.

Camp-Follower Too Long

The death of 20 children in Assam following the administration of vitamin A supplementation as part of a UNICEF-aided campaign throws open once again an old debate in public health policy. It exposes the dismal lack of coordination at various levels on issues and programmes which are vital to the health and lives of vulnerable populations. It is also an ironic pointer to the inertia in policy-making such that the state fails to reckon with the positive outcomes of socioeconomic development, however small, over the decades.

Afghanistan: A Failed State?

The picture of Afghanistan as a part of a complex multi-levelled regional conflict system is much closer to the mark than the idea of a failed state. This has implications for the emerging arguments for a post-conflict multi-ethnic form of political representation.

World Conference against Racism

After 30 years of the adoption of the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, incidence of racism, racial discrimination, religious intolerance and ethnic violence are on the increase at a national, regional and global level. It is in this context that the holding of Third World Conference against Racism has to be seen and the prospects it offers analysed.

Sardar Sarovar Judgment and Human Rights

The Sardar Sarovar judgment is, in the Supreme Court's own words, fundamentally about the human rights of displaced people. However, rather than providing a full reasoned analysis of the human rights situation, the judgment focuses on the various administrative procedures put in place by the state to deal with the issues arising from the Sardar Sarovar Project. This is rather surprising. Even if we assume that domestic law is underdeveloped with regard to eviction, displacement and rehabilitation, there was substantial guidance from the international level to help the court in reaching a decision.

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