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This case concerns the historic Hawala scandal in India, which uncovered possible bribery payments to several high-ranking Indian politicians and bureaucrats from a funding source linked to suspected terrorists.

This public interest litigation case (PIL) was filed via Article 32 of the Indian Constitution directly before the Supreme Court of India and petitioned the Court to direct the State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) to take steps to end child labor. Thereafter a Court-appointed committee reported the enormity of child exploitation in UP’s carpet industry, finding that many children were kidnapped from Bihar, that the industry largely employed minor children under 14 years, and that many experienced physical abuse. 

Rudul Sah was arrested in 1953 on charges of murdering his wife. He was acquitted by an Additional Sessions Judge, in 1968, who directed his release from jail, pending further orders. Rudul Sah languished in jail for 14 years after his acquittal, until his plight was highlighted in the media in 1982 and led to the filing of the PIL on his behalf.

Norges Bank has decided to exclude the companies POSCO, IJM Corp Bhd, Genting Bhd and Daewoo International Corp from the investment universe of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). The companies are excluded base on an assessment of the risk of severe...

Documenting the human rights abuses promoted by the POSCO-India project this report, produced by ESCR-Net and the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) at NYU School of Law, calls for a suspension of the POSCO-India project and a halt to the human rights abuses....

On June 22, 2015, under the banner of POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (the ‘anti-POSCO people’s movement,’ or PPSS), hundreds of  villagers observed Black day at Patna village to mark the 10th Anniversary of the signing of an MOU between the government of Odisha in...

Are safe pregnancies in rural India a luxury? 56,000 women die due to pregnancy related complications in India every year. Accounting for 17% of the maternal deaths worldwide,...

New report by several NGOs says that the IFC is failing to perform due diligence and to identify or effectively manage risk in many of its investments in third-party lenders 

Ekta Parishad calls on the Indian Government to comply with a historic 10 Points agreement on land reform

Following a newspaper report regarding a destitute woman who died on a busy street four days after giving birth to a baby girl, the Court brought this public interest litigation (PIL) on its own motion. The Court also asked the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), an ESCR-Net member organization, to file an amicus brief on the status of maternal health for destitute pregnant and lactating women in Delhi, and to suggest appropriate remedies. HRLN’s amicus outlined myriad state failures to implement government schemes providing for food and health services to women and marginalized groups.