India

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Over the last few months, journalists and activists in India have faced attacks and persecution for their work . Government critics have been charged with sedition and laws have been used to target civil society Read more

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Authorities Raid Amnesty International's Regional Office

Indian officials have raided Amnesty International's regional office in Bengaluru. Officials belonging to India's Enforcement Directorate (ED), arrived at the premises at 1:30pm (8:30 GMT) on 25th October 2018. Read more

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Authorities Raid Amnesty International's Regional Office

India: Routine Repression of Civil Society

On 29th August 2018, the Supreme Court sentenced five human rights defenders (HRDs) to house arrest. Instead, the Court decided to hold the five individuals under house arrest. As covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, Indian authorities arrested the five in a series of raids on 28th August 2018. Read more

India: Routine Repression of Civil Society

An ever-closing space for dissent: India cracks down on human rights defenders

On 28th August 2018, five Indian HRDs were arrested in a series of raids. Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, and P. Varavara Rao in Hyderabad were among the prominent HRDs detained in the crackdown. Reports note that there may have been some unconfirmed raids and Indian authorities have signalled that further arrests could follow. Read more

An ever-closing space for dissent: India cracks down on human rights defenders

India: anti-corruption activists under attack

Recently, the issue of transparency and accountability in India has been a flashpoint for the persecution of anti-corruption activists. As of March 2018, 67 people have been murdered for allegedly seeking information under the legislation. This number has increased in the last three months as two more activists have been killed for their work demanding transparency.

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India: anti-corruption activists under attack

Environmental protesters in Tamil Nadu shot dead

Up to 13 protestors were shot dead during a week of protests calling for the closure of a copper plant in Tamil Nadu, southern India. Read more

Environmental protesters in Tamil Nadu shot dead

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest

The worst drought in 140 years in Southern India has driven farmers to protest against the lack of government assistance to help those in need. Read more

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest


7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the Foreign Contributions and Regulations Act (FCRA) has caused confusion amongst civic groups operating in India. Read more

7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India