Posts Tagged ‘The Times of India’

Human Rights Defenders in Goa take on illegal Russian business in tourism

February 23, 2014

An interesting illustration of what kind of issues human rights defenders could get involved in can be found in the Times of India of 23 February 2014:  The local NGO “Human Rights Defenders ” accuses the authorities of turning a blind eye on Russians who are operating several illegal travel agencies and wedding companies in Goa.  Despite numerous complaints, government authorities are not taking any action thereby causing loss of revenue to the state and affecting the livelihoods of locals. In a recent complaint to the tourism director, the Human Rights Defenders cited the names of several travel agencies allegedly run by Russians without registering with the tourism department and without complying with the laws. Briefing journalists, John Mascarenhas, President of the Human Rights Defenders South Goa district, accused tourism minister Dilip Parulekar of failing to keep his promise to stop all illegalities.

via Tourism dept supporting illegal Russian business: NGO – The Times of India.

Political parties in Madurai, India, learn about human rights defenders

January 26, 2014

There are plenty of training courses on human rights, but this one reported by the Times of India on 26 January deserves special mention as its main target were political parties. The two-day seminar started Saturday 25 January for members of political parties and movements in the state of Madurai.  Human Rights Defenders Alert organised the event. Around 60 representatives from political parties and outfits [whatever these are!] attended the training course.

via Political activists learn how to defend human rights – The Times of India.