Right to Life

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 ...
Queensland Court to consider Australia’s first ‘climate change’ human rights case

Queensland Court to consider Australia’s first ‘climate change’ human rights case

As an increasing number of cases worldwide link climate change and human rights (for instance, see here), the first
Sadaf Aziz v. Federation of Pakistan: The end of virginity testing in Pakistan?

Sadaf Aziz v. Federation of Pakistan: The end of virginity testing in Pakistan?

Across Pakistan, the two finger test (TFT), also known as the virginity and hymen test is conducted on female ...
Eviction of forest-dwellers in Jammu and Kashmir: Procedural haemorrhage and rights violation

Eviction of forest-dwellers in Jammu and Kashmir: Procedural haemorrhage and rights violation

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Committee on Forest Encroachments has recently published a list of forestland ...
Reproductive Rights and Democracy in Poland

Reproductive Rights and Democracy in Poland

On 22 October 2020, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal held it was unconstitutional for a women to access abortion ...
Environmental protection of children’s right to life: ICCPR General Comment 36

Environmental protection of children’s right to life: ICCPR General Comment 36

As the indivisibility of human rights and environmental protection solidifies as a norm of international human ...
A drought-stricken and marginalised Tharparkar: The right to water and COVID-19 in Pakistan

A drought-stricken and marginalised Tharparkar: The right to water and COVID-19 in Pakistan

The people of Tharparkar (Thar), Pakistan, called ‘Tharis’, have been facing water scarcity for years. In the ...
The Need for Empathy: Understanding India’s COVID-19 Lockdown (with Kalpana Kannabiran)

The Need for Empathy: Understanding India’s COVID-19 Lockdown (with Kalpana Kannabiran)

"The question really, for me, is not so much one of the degree of deference that courts should grant the State, but
Have Prisons In India Become Ticking Time Bombs Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak?

Have Prisons In India Become Ticking Time Bombs Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak?

The Apex court in India, right from the latter half of the 20th Century till as late as March 2020, has upheld the ...
Denial of the Right to Life in Kenya’s Urban Settlements

Denial of the Right to Life in Kenya’s Urban Settlements

Over 56% of Kenya’s urban population live in informal settlements, with Kibera in Nairobi being Africa’s biggest ...
Dignity, the Right to Life, and the Coronavirus

Dignity, the Right to Life, and the Coronavirus

The current coronavirus crisis has highlighted the weaknesses of UK law and the system of government. The Prime ...
Supreme Court of Sri Lanka Recognises Custodial Death as a Violation of the Right to Life

Supreme Court of Sri Lanka Recognises Custodial Death as a Violation of the Right to Life

In the landmark judgement of Rathnayake Tharanga Lakmali v Niroshan Abeykoon, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka held ...

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