Articles that focus on or discuss South Asian countries


Rethinking solutions to the Rohingya refugee crisis

December 19, 2019
By: Brian Gorlick
Français | العربية

The Rohingya refugees are unlikely to be able to return home anytime soon. We need to look at other ...

Despite supposed food assistance in India, people are starving to death

November 25, 2019
By: Pradeep Baisakh

Social systems in India are crumbling, leading to starvation deaths despite a plethora of food security ...

Employing the politics of solidarity against the rise of populism

October 10, 2019
By: Harsh Mander
Español | Français | العربية

With the world facing increasing division and hatred, the human rights community must face this lack ...

Using a business mindset to fund advocacy NGOs in Kyrgyzstan

May 20, 2019
By: Fatima Iakupbaeva
Español | Русский

Shifting to a business mindset is hard for non-profit organizations, but with limited opportunities ...

What we can learn from feminists who fund themselves

January 15, 2019
By: Tenzin Dolker
Español | Français

Now more than ever, feminist organizations need to deepen the search for autonomous resourcing models ...

India’s Supreme Court is making landmark judgements in social change

November 22, 2018
By: Jayna Kothari

In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins ...

Tech companies’ inability to control fake news exacerbates violent acts

November 20, 2018
By: Jennifer Easterday & Hana Ivanhoe

In the absence of sufficient monitoring and ameliorative action on the part of the tech companies, fake ...

Citizen action pushes judicial recognition of gay rights in India

November 15, 2018
By: Suhrith Parthasarathy

The Indian Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional a colonial-era law criminalizing ...

UN’s approach inside Myanmar abandons human rights principles

July 12, 2018
By: Liam Mahony

Although UN human rights bodies have criticized the persecution of the Rohingya, UN agencies inside ...

Collaborating across movements to fill funding gaps for women in Nepal

March 27, 2018
By: Pratima Gurung

Groups in Nepal working at the intersections of different issues such as indigenous women with disabilities, ...

The activist balance: being both globally connected and locally rooted

February 20, 2018
By: Urantsooj Gombosuren & Marte Hellema

In the volatility in Asia's human rights situations, can rights defenders and organizations stay globally ...

Building communities to boost local fundraising

July 27, 2017
By: Sadhana Shrestha
Español | नेपाली | Français

Fundraising should never just be about money—it must also be about raising awareness of human rights ...

Taking the battle for civic space online

March 23, 2017
By: Marte Hellema

As online spaces become increasingly restricted, human rights activists must stay aware of the risks ...

Working with the enemy: the pros and cons of collaborating with perpetrators

March 1, 2017
By: Rachel Wahl
Español | हिन्दी

What is the best way for human rights activists to engage with perpetrators? There are ethical and strategic ...

Modi and Trump - voting strongmen, voting hate

February 27, 2017
By: Zahir Janmohamed

Donald Trump’s win in the US and Narendra Modi’s in India two years ago are both about the majority ...

In Asia, freedom of speech is critical in the fight for human rights

July 25, 2016
By: Henri Tiphagne & Marte Hellema

Protecting freedom of speech, assembly and association in Asia is the lynchpin to protecting all human ...

Human rights and the state: embracing and abandoning religion(s)

June 22, 2016
By: Peter Jacob

The debate about whether a state should be religious or secular doesn’t always affect how a society ...

No middle ground: the risks of being a human rights defender in India

May 31, 2016
By: Mathew Jacob

Volunteers in India are banding together to form a network that protects human rights defenders.

Beyond reconciliation and accountability: distributive justice and Sri Lanka's transitional agenda

May 18, 2016
By: Vijay Nagaraj

If the transitional justice process in Sri Lanka ignores the indignities of poverty and everyday precariousness, ...

For Amnesty’s India office, raising local funds is all about membership

April 28, 2016
By: Aakar Patel
Español | العربية

Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts on domestic contributions, ...

Are we being innovative in protecting civic space?

April 18, 2016
By: Araddhya Mehtta

Taking lessons from history’s best dissenters, civil society is finding new ways to make cracks in shrinking ...

Activists in an international system: pushing for change in Sri Lanka

April 7, 2016
By: Ruki Fernando

Local and international activists have been crucial in getting a UN response in Sri Lanka.

When international agendas trump the people’s demand for reform, no one wins

April 1, 2016
By: Ahilan Kadirgamar & Swasthika Arulingam 

As Sri Lanka moves on a new constitution and transitional justice process, it must prioritize local ...

Action on justice facilitates political solutions to conflict

February 25, 2016
By: Niran Anketell

Taking decisive steps towards accountability will be critical to reconciliation in Sri Lanka before ...

The politics of punishing war crimes in Sri Lanka

February 8, 2016
By: Ram Manikkalingam 

Prioritising the punishment of war criminals in Sri Lanka over other measures to achieve reconciliation ...

Crushing dissent: NGOs under threat in India

July 15, 2015
By: Seema Guha

Can NGOs and India’s political opposition stop Modi’s civil society clampdown?

Religion and rights in Bangladesh: maintaining a delicate balance

June 11, 2015
By: Mubin S. Khan

Bangladeshi activists work around religious elements, sometimes even collaborating with them. The rise ...

Beyond accountability: the struggle for co-existence in Sri Lanka

June 2, 2015
By: Ahilan Kadirgamar & Mahendran Thiruvarangan
தமிழ் | සිංහල

The promised report of a UN investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka will achieve little unless accompanied ...

When internationalization causes more harm than good

May 26, 2015
By: Ram Mashru
Español | Français | العربية

Focusing on the practicalities of internationalization neglects a vital and thorny question: is going ...

Government repression and bureaucratic hoops spell gloom for rights groups in Bangladesh

May 19, 2015
By: Mubin S. Khan

Amidst tighter donor budgets for human rights, NGOs in Bangladesh are also grappling with increasingly ...

Small steps forward? International pressure and accountability for atrocities in Sri Lanka

April 24, 2015
By: Kate Cronin-Furman
Español | Français

In countries like Sri Lanka – not party to the ICC – international pressure plays an important role ...

Decentralizing can make global human rights groups stronger

April 2, 2015
By: Adriano Campolina
Español | Français

NGO internationalization is now trendy, but ActionAid realized long ago that giving up power doesn’t ...

Modi government cracks down on green NGOs

February 17, 2015
By: Prafu Bidwai

India’s new Modi government trains its guns on environmental activists.

Religious conversions in India – keeping human rights at the core

January 14, 2015
By: Siddharth Peter De Souza

Religion is not only about belief but also about its capacity for human well-being. Therefore, human ...

To end manual scavenging in India, Hindu religious leaders must speak up

November 27, 2014
By: Seema Guha

In India, Hindu religious leaders are reluctant to campaign loudly against the collection of raw sewage ...

The surprising impact of the Rome Statute in India

November 7, 2014
By: Usha Ramanathan

Though India refuses to join the ICC, the Rome Statute has proved very useful in pushing for law reform ...

Focusing on women and transgenders in LGBT rights

October 29, 2014
By: Nicola Desouza

Nepal is the most open country in South Asia for LGBT rights, but even here, patriarchal biases exclude ...

Pure hypocrisy: India’s fear of foreign funding for NGOs

August 29, 2014
By: Medha Patkar

The Indian state aggressively promotes foreign investment in all sectors but civil society.

In India, a pervasive paranoia blocks progress on human rights

June 29, 2014
By: Lenin Raghuvanshi

NGOs working with untouchables and bonded labour face hostility from upper castes. For these groups, ...

Starting at the top: why rights groups need to engage religious leaders

May 1, 2014
By: Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr 

For human rights to find resonance in the global South, we must connect them to the existing beliefs ...

The politicization of Hindu faith in India

April 30, 2014
By: Fr. Cedric Prakash Sj
Español | Français | العربية

Hinduism preaches tolerance, the Indian Constitution enshrines plurality. So why has divisive political ...

The rights in Hinduism

April 15, 2014
By: Arvind Sharma 
Español | العربية

Contrary to popular perception, Hindu philosophies of moral agency, duty and universal truth cohabit ...

To raise funds, Indian rights groups must emulate the country’s newest political party

January 28, 2014
By: Ajaz Ashraf

Donations by ordinary citizens to India’s newest political party, the AAP, prove that Indians can and ...

What's a funder to do?

January 22, 2014
By: Rachel Wahl

If international funding compromises the work of domestic human rights groups, what should international ...

Funds and civil liberties

January 6, 2014
By: V. Suresh

Dependence on institutional funding has depoliticized, monetized and corrupted much of the human rights ...

Building a domestic human rights constituency in India

January 2, 2014
By: Rita Jalali

To fight the chilling effect created by new laws on foreign funding, Indian human rights NGOs need to ...

Going local

November 26, 2013
By: G. Ananthapadmanabhan

The Indian government uses the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act to block global support to NGOs that ...

Time to challenge India for its stranglehold on funding for rights organizations

November 12, 2013
By: Ravi Nair
हिन्दी | العربية | Español

One of the country’s most informed human rights experts explains how India blocks foreign funding for ...