Author: Lenin Raghuvanshi

A Successful Campaign against Death Penalty: Landmark Judgement of the Apex Court

PVCHR initiated a campaign for mercy from death penalty 1 . And connected the Shatrughan Chouhan, family member to Human Rights Law Network (HRLN). Shatrughan Chouhan filed petition in Supreme Court. And PVCHR launched an online campaign. Prominent citizens and peoples’ representatives have extended their support after seeing the plight of the dependents of the two convicts, Suresh Chauhan […]

Supreme Court: Landmark Verdict against Police Excesses

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) made a strong pitch for immediate passage of Prevention of Torture Bill in Upper House of Indian Parliament, saying it is urgent to ensure that extracting information through torture is declared illegal. Addressing a conference organised by PVCHR and DIGNITY: Danish Institute against Torture, on July 12, 2012, NHRC Chairperson K G Balakrishnan […]

One Humanity: The Theme for the World Humanitarian Day 2016

The first World Humanitarian Summit, held on May 23 and 24, 2016, in Istanbul, convened 9,000 participants from 173 member-states, including 55 Heads of the states and governments, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organisations, in its overarching theme ‘One Humanity’. In its 70 years, the United Nations has never come […]

Caste and Torture

The National Human Rights Commission (2011) notes that from 2001 to 2010, there were 4,034 custodial deaths and 1,836 cases of custodial torture registered in India. The worst affected state was Uttar Pradesh having 999 registered deaths and 1,552 registered cases of torture. It is claimed that these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as […]

Open Letter to the States of Europe for Providing Testimonial Therapy to Refugees: PVCHR

Lenin writes an open letter to the heads of Germany, Sweden and Denmark for providing Testimonial Therapy (TT) to the refugees. The author profiles the 2014-15 Roland Berger Human Dignity Award winners, a lawyer and director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta Dr. Katrine Camilleri, the Eritrean-Italian human rights activist Dr. Alganesc Fessaha, and the Congolese school project, Petite Flamme. […]

207 Rescued from Bonded Labour at Hardoi Brick Kiln

Activists from JVI and PVCHR, with the active assistance of state government officials, rescued 207 bonded labours, belonging to 47 families, from a Hardoi brick kiln, last week (May 23). Here’s a report for Different Truths by Lenin. Forty seven bonded labour families of Bihar, totalling 207 victims, were rescued from a brick kiln in Chandauli village, Hardoi, […]

The 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Awarded to Nguyen San Que and BERISH 2.0

Human Rights activist Lenin profiles the recipients of the 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, Nguyen San Que and BERISH 2.0, profiling the struggles, resilience and recognition for the cause of human rights. The 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee has chosen Nguyen Dan Que and BERSIH 2.0 (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil), as the co-recipient of […]

Shruti Nagvanshi: An Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Achievement

We, at Different Truths, congratulate Shruti, a Shining Jewel, for her strong determination, grit and spunk. We are proud of you. A member of our family, she and her husband, Lenin, are our celebrated writers. An ordinary next door girl, with sparkling eyes, Shruti, has been invited to a lunch by the President of India, on January […]

From Varanasi to the UN: The Journey of the International Human Rights Defenders Day

The recent declaration of the UN, Dec 9 as the International Human Rights Defenders Day has its genesis in a Human Rights Convention, at Varanasi, four years back. Lenin records the advocacy, intensive campaigning and the journey from Varanasi to the UN that he and some Human Rights activists spearheaded to realise their dreams. It’s a milestone in […]