Bo Kyi of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) who featured in the Burma mag and subsequently on Radio New Internationalist has just won a Human Rights Defender Award from Human Rights Watch.
Dinyar Godrej has been one of the co-editors of the New Internationalist magazine since 2001. His association with the magazine (including numerous stints as guest editor) goes back to the late 1980s and he has reported on many human rights issues. He has also been a contributing writer for the annual One World Almanac.
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Mari Marcel Thekaekara congratulates the country’s Dalit community on finally winning legal protection against discrimination.
Argument: Is it time to ditch the pursuit of economic growth?
As Mother’s Day approaches in India, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on how motherhood has changed along with the online communication boom.
As a young student is injured for wearing the ‘wrong’ clothes, Mari Marcel Thekeakara says that women will fight on against violence.
Mari Marcel Thekaekara’s home is on the edge of a wildlife sanctuary, which is a pleasure and a pain, as she explains.
NI co-editor Dinyar Godrej, alterted us to the situation regarding political psychologist and NI contributor, Professor Ashis Nandy. Nandy is at the centre of a firestorm over an article he wrote after last year's elections in the Indian state of Gujarat which resulted in the re-election of one of India's most incendiary politicians – Narendra Modi of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. In his article published in the Times of India, Nandy bemoans the current state of affairs in this deeply divided state, and lays the blame firmly at the feet of the urban middle class that have been fanning the flames of communalism, religious nationalism and fundamentalism.
Perhaps it's not unsurprising that when cyclone Nargis struck southern Burma, my thoughts went first to a community of internal refugees close to the Thai border in the north who would have been physically unaffected. These were the people of Wan Bai Pay* who had been graceful in their hospitality to me earlier this year and who had entrusted me with their traumatic stories (of slave labour extracted by Burma's military, of beatings, murder and rape) with the simple request: ‘Tell the world about us.' (For more information you can read my report on Wan Bai Pay).
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