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For hundreds of years, India has been a refugee haven. It has provided asylum to Jews who have been persecuted around the world, as well as to thousands of Sri Lankan-Tamils who have fled their homeland owing to the army-LTTE conflict. Apart from them, India has taken in Tibetans, Afghans, and migrants from various other [...]

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While the entire world is in the grips of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 62 co-sponsor countries including India, South Africa, and Indonesia have recently given a revised draft proposal for waiving the Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights of COVID vaccines to the TRIPS Council of the World Trade Organisation (“WTO”), seeking a patent waiver for manufacturing [...]

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In Nandita Haksar v. State of Manipur, decided May 3, 2021, the High Court of Manipur (an Indian state that borders Myanmar) granted seven Myanmarese citizens who had illegally entered India without documentation permission to approach the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office in Delhi. This decision came after the Government of India [...]

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Before the Obergfell v. Hodges judgment finally declared homosexual marriage as an individual’s fundamental right across the United States, various state and circuit courts ruled in favor of this right. A similar ray of hope seems to be rising for the LGBTQ community in India when Justice Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court gave [...]

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The resignation of academic stalwart PB Mehta in March this year stirred an extremely crucial and relevant debate on the state of Academic Freedom in India. When an eminent professor and VC of a leading liberal arts university resigns by mentioning that his writings have become a political liability for the institution, it certainly is [...]

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The controversy surrounding the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 seems to have taken a global stage. WhatsApp, a California-based Facebook unit and also the most widely used social messaging platform in India, has filed a legal complaint in Delhi High Court against the Indian government seeking to block the [...]

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The 21st century has witnessed significant and progressive changes with regard to the rights and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community, with various legislations and policies being enacted/repealed for the protection of queer persons, and the increasing acceptance of sexualities and sexual orientations, other than those that have been indoctrinated as ‘normal’. This has also helped [...]

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In late May of this year, the district court of Netherlands announced its judgment in Milieudefensie v. Royal Dutch Shell, which ordered the Royal Dutch Shell, a leading oil manufacturer, to reduce its carbon emissions by 45 percent (from its 2019 level) by 2030. This decision has been applauded by environmental activists who have called [...]

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According to the United Nations High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, Israel’s recent deadly air strikes, and the atrocities that the Palestinians had to endure due to the operations of Israel, may constitute war crimes under international law. While addressing a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on May 27, Michelle Bachelet voiced a [...]

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