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Raise Your Shield Blog

How can we hold torturers accountable if we are unwilling to uphold our own laws?

India attempts to justify its practice of torture by saying that it has a good faith obligation not to torture, but not a legal obligation. The issue before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is simple. India agreed not to torture an individual, Kulvir Singh Barapind, in […]

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TrackDev: Monitoring Sustainable Development Through a Human Rights Lens

One thing that has become increasingly clear following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the level of intersectionality between each of the 17 goals and the core human rights standards embedded within. Therefore, monitoring each country’s progress towards achieving each goal is imperative to […]

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ICAAD @ the UN Foundation 2016 Global Dialogue

ICAAD recently took part in the 2016 Global Dialogue with the UN Foundation on Financing the SDGs, Health in Humanitarian Settings, the Business Case for the SDGs, and Big Data for the SDGs. The Global Dialogue convened close to 120 leaders from the diplomatic community, UN leadership, think […]

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ICAAD is granted special consultative status with United Nations ECOSOC

We are thrilled to announce that ICAAD was recently granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This coveted status will allow ICAAD to greatly advance our mission, including efforts to show the relationship between human rights advancement and sustainable development goals. […]

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Judicial Bias Reveals a Tacit Acceptance of Gender-Based Violence

Natalie Druce, Advisor & Thalassa Cox, Volunteer, ICAAD: In many countries the sentences levied for crimes involving sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) fail to adequately reflect the severity of the offense. ICAAD, in partnership with DLA Piper, recently published a study on the existence of judicial bias in […]

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ICAAD at SwitchPoint 2016 – Video & Photo Gallery

SwitchPoint 2016 Pictures Courtesy Intrahealth International  

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Informal Injustice? Customary Mechanisms and the Emerging Role of Community Paralegals

We’re excited to share a fantastic guest post on informal justice mechanisms and the role of community paralegals from Akhila Kolisetty, OSF Fellow & Human Rights Lawyer In June 2016, a 13-year old girl in in Kasganj district, India, supported by her father, attempted to report that she […]

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GIF Guide to Gender Bias in the Judiciary in the Pacific Islands

Alexandra Hain, Intern, ICAAD: A 36 year old man from a Pacific Island attacked his wife with a machete, leaving her permanently disabled. For these violent attacks, he only ended up spending 3 months in prison. Why was his sentence so low? Because the judge believed that […]

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How can we change deeply embedded systemic discrimination?

speakers at switchpoint

Held on the scenic banks of the Haw River in North Carolina in an mid-19th century cotton mill converted to a beautiful eco-ballroom, the SwitchPoint 2016 conference brought together experts in humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology. ICAAD co-founders Hansdeep and Jaspreet presented on Equity, Engagement, and […]

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ICAAD Presents at Switchpoint!

ICAAD Co-Founders Hansdeep and Jaspreet Singh were honored this year to receive invitations to present on ICAAD’s work and conduct a microlab at the preeminent development conference Switchpoint, April 21-22nd in North Carolina. Switchpoint is a conference put on by IntraHealth International that “focuses on great ideas, […]

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#RaiseYourShield

Great talk! "Dr. Prabhjot Singh is on a mission to makes healthcare more accessible. His “a-ha moment” came as he attended the funeral of one of his patients where he saw the man in context of his life and community, rather than the bare facts included on his chart. Singh realized that this man’s death had been the result of the collective failure of many systems—education, mental health, neighborhood safety, job placement, veteran support. In Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, Singh insists that we must discard our top-down approach to the healthcare system and that regardless of our leadership, the solutions won’t come from our government. We must rebuild our system from the neighborhood up." ... See MoreSee Less

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THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION AND LEGAL
ASSIMILATION OF SIKHISM, BUDDHISM,
AND JAINISM INTO HINDUISM

"Article 25, sub-clause 1 of the Indian Constitution guarantees
that “subject to public order, morality and health,
all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience
and the right to freely to profess, practice and propagate
religion.”38 However, its sub-clause 2 (B) and its corresponding
Explanation II is considered very controversial.
While Explanation I states that the wearing and
carrying of kirpans shall be deemed to be included in
the profession of the Sikh religion. Explanation II in
sub-clause 2 (B) states, “Hindus shall be construed as
including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jain
or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu religious
institutions shall be construed accordingly.”39 This
constitutional provision is very discriminatory, as it connotes
that even as a multi-faith state, India seems to be
concerned about the social welfare of only one religion
(Hinduism) and its religious institutions. The appended
Explanation II effectively groups Sikhs, Buddhists, and
Jains into Hinduism. Explanation II has also led to other
discriminatory laws against these religions, including
the Hindu Succession Act (1956), Hindu Marriage Act
(1955), Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (1956),
and Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act (1956). These
laws are largely viewed to force legal assimilation of
these religions into Hinduism, rather than recognizing
them as distinct religious identities."
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