Articles that focus on or discuss South Asian countries

Building communities to boost local fundraising

July 27, 2017
BY: Sadhana Shrestha

Fundraising should never just be about money—it must also be about raising ...

Taking the battle for civic space online

March 23, 2017
BY: Marte Hellema

As online spaces become increasingly restricted, human rights activists ...

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

March 1, 2017
BY: Rachel Wahl

What is the best way for human rights activists to engage with perpetrators? ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

April 28, 2016
BY: Aakar Patel

Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Action on justice facilitates political solutions to conflict

February 25, 2016
BY: Niran Anketell

Taking decisive steps towards accountability will be critical to reconciliation ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

June 2, 2015
BY: Ahilan Kadirgamar & Mahendran Thiruvarangan

The promised report of a UN investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka ...

When internationalization causes more harm than good

May 26, 2015
BY: Ram Mashru

Focusing on the practicalities of internationalization neglects a vital ...

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 ...

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

April 24, 2015
BY: Kate Cronin-Furman

In countries like Sri Lanka – not party to the ICC – international pressure ...

Decentralizing can make global human rights groups stronger

April 2, 2015
BY: Adriano Campolina

NGO internationalization is now trendy, but ActionAid realized long ago ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The politicization of Hindu faith in India

April 30, 2014
BY: Fr. Cedric Prakash Sj

Hinduism preaches tolerance, the Indian Constitution enshrines plurality. ...

The rights in Hinduism

April 15, 2014
BY: Arvind Sharma 

Contrary to popular perception, Hindu philosophies of moral agency, duty ...

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 ...

What's a funder to do?

January 22, 2014
BY: Rachel Wahl

If international funding compromises the work of domestic human rights ...

Funds and civil liberties

January 6, 2014
BY: V. Suresh

Dependence on institutional funding has depoliticized, monetized and corrupted ...

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 ...

Going local

November 26, 2013
BY: G. Ananthapadmanabhan

The Indian government uses the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act to ...

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

November 12, 2013
BY: Ravi Nair

One of the country’s most informed human rights experts explains how India ...


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