Criminal Justice and Fair Trial

The Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka and UNHRC Resolution 46/1

The Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka and UNHRC Resolution 46/1

On 23rd March 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council (‘UNHRC’) adopted Resolution 46/1 with 22 countries voting in favour, 11 against, and 14 abstaining. The Resolution criticised the Sri...
The Supreme Court of India Reads Article 21 Protection into the Stringent UAPA Bail Jurisprudence

The Supreme Court of India Reads Article 21 Protection into the Stringent UAPA Bail Jurisprudence

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA) is India’s primary anti-terrorism legislation. It is widely used by the government as a political tool to stifle internal dissent. To this end,...
Human Rights Violations in Paradise: Lakshadweep’s Draft Regulations and their Potential Consequences on the Indigenous Tribal Populace

Human Rights Violations in Paradise: Lakshadweep’s Draft Regulations and their Potential Consequences on the Indigenous Tribal Populace

Recently, the administrator of India’s Lakshadweep islands, Praful Khoda Patel, introduced a slew of draft regulations, which have resulted in stern resentment from the indigenous population residing on the islands....
Supreme Court of Pakistan declares “two-finger test” unconstitutional

Supreme Court of Pakistan declares “two-finger test” unconstitutional

On 4 January 2021, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan pronounced a significant judgment in Atif Zareef v The State. The Court declared that the “two-finger” or...
Reconceptualising ‘Reputation’ post #MeToo

Reconceptualising ‘Reputation’ post #MeToo

In October 2018, India’s #MeToo wave witnessed an explosion of online testimonies against sexual predators, by women from all walks of professional life. Salient among them was an accusation of...
Administrative Automated Decision-Making: What About the Right to an Effective Remedy?

Administrative Automated Decision-Making: What About the Right to an Effective Remedy?

Automated decision-making (‘ADM’) systems are algorithm decision-making tools, which issue either a partial or a full decision. While their use by national public administration is no new phenomenon, the European...
Creation of a Genetic Bank in India: Unconstitutional and Threat to Human Rights

Creation of a Genetic Bank in India: Unconstitutional and Threat to Human Rights

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill seeks to facilitate the application of DNA-based forensic technologies in the administration of law and justice in India, by enabling the use...
Student protests in South Africa: police brutality claims the life of a bystander

Student protests in South Africa: police brutality claims the life of a bystander

After the ruthless policing of student protests in Johannesburg claimed the life of an innocent bystander, South Africa’s troubled entanglement with police brutality is once again called into question. In...
How the Prison System is Failing Women and Why it is a Human Rights Issue

How the Prison System is Failing Women and Why it is a Human Rights Issue

While women make up the minority in global prison populations, they are the fastest growing prison population. With this, comes a need to evaluate human rights violations within justice systems...
Hong Kong’s highest court sets new test for bail under the National Security Law

Hong Kong’s highest court sets new test for bail under the National Security Law

In the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal’s judgment dated 9 February 2021, HKSAR v Lai Chee Ying [2021] HKCFA 3, an appeal against an order of bail that had...
Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

On 10 February, 2021, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) delivered its landmark judgement in Safia Bano v. Home Department (along with 2 consolidated cases). This...
India’s Feeble Frontline Defence against Incarceration

India’s Feeble Frontline Defence against Incarceration

An important constitutional safeguard against arbitrary incarceration is the fundamental right of an arrested person to be produced before a judicial magistrate within twenty four hours of the arrest. In...

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