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The Indian Supreme Court Declares the Constitutional Right to Privacy

Jayna Kothari 4th October 2017

2017 has been a big year for constitutional development in India. In a historic and landmark decision, a 9-judge bench of the Supreme Court pronounced that the right to privacy is a constitutional right which is not only rooted in the right to life and liberty, but also enshrined in all other fundamental rights, including […]

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Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 2

Rosalind Comyn 3rd October 2017

Yesterday, I discussed the High Court’s decision in Campaign Against the Arms Trade’s unsuccessful judicial review of the Secretary of State for International Trade’s granting of arms export licences to Saudi Arabia. The primary question before the Court was whether the Secretary of State for Trade had acted irrationally in concluding that there was no […]

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Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 1

Rosalind Comyn 2nd October 2017

Yemen’s devastating conflict has inflicted an egregious toll on civilians, catalysing, in the words of the UN Secretary General, a tragedy of ‘almost unprecedented proportions’. Last month the ICRC took the unusual step of identifying an ‘alarming trend’ of attacks against civilians and sharply criticised a Saudi led coalition strike as running ‘counter to the […]

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Do Rohingya Refugees in India have Constitutional Rights?

Afreen Hashmi 29th September 2017

The Indian Government recently issued a direction to identify and deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees in India, labelling them as a burden on the resources of the country and a security threat. However, the Supreme Court of India has decided to hear a case contending that the proposed deportation is in violation of the fundamental […]

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The Forced Expulsion of Rohingyas Reflects Why India Needs a Refugee Law

Lovish Garg 28th September 2017

The Indian Government recently revealed its decision to deport the 40,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country, including the 16,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR. This decision is seen as a reaction to the intensified protests by right-wing Hindu fundamentalists who perceive them as a threat to national security and have been demanding their expulsion. The […]

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