Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch

Meenakshi Ganguly

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Past articles by Meenakshi:

Food Crisis in Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

the World Food Programme (WFP) has announced it is going to cut the monthly food ration for Rohingya in refugee camps in Bangladesh from $12 vouchers to $10. → Read More

Tax Authorities Raid BBC Offices in India

Indian tax officials raided the BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai today in an apparent reprisal for a two-part documentary critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. → Read More

Indian Courts Provide Government a Pathway on Rights

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government and its prominent supporters have been responding to recent international criticism of widespread discrimination against minority communities by stoking nationalism, even blaming a “colonial mindset.” → Read More

Allegations of Bangladesh Police Torture, Illegal Detentions

Bangladesh authorities should investigate recent allegations of enforced disappearances and torture including by members of the police Detective Branch. → Read More

India’s Blocking of BBC Documentary Reflects Broader Crackdown

The Indian government’s blocking of a BBC documentary on the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state in 2002 is just the latest attempt to prevent criticism of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. → Read More

Canada Sanctions Two Sri Lankan Ex-Presidents for Rights Violations

The Canadian government has taken a major step by imposing sanctions against two former Sri Lankan presidents, the brothers Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and two former soldiers. → Read More

Bangladesh’s Brutal Crackdown on Political Opposition

Early in her political career, Sheikh Hasina was never afraid of a challenge. She led a campaign against martial law in the 1980s when she was detained several times, eventually leading to parliamentary elections of 1991 and a return to democracy. → Read More

Sri Lanka at Brink of Humanitarian Crisis

The dramatic fuel shortages that accompanied mass protests in Sri Lanka earlier this year may have eased, but for millions of Sri Lankans the economic crisis is worse than ever. → Read More

Sri Lanka Should Free Detained Students

Since taking office in July amid an unprecedented economic and political crisis, Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe has suppressed anti-government protests and hounded alleged protest organizers. Among his most egregious actions has been to use the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to detain student activists. → Read More

UN Chief Admonishes India to Protect Rights of Minorities

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is aggressively promoting a majoritarian Hindu ideology that has left religious minorities, Dalits and tribal communities, those most marginalized, at increased risk of discrimination and violence. → Read More

Bangladesh Government Keeps Rewarding Rights Abusers

As security force commanders in Bangladesh remain implicated in grave human rights abuses including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and torture, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed has offered them promotions and rewards instead of ensuring accountability. → Read More

If India wants to support Sri Lankans, it must back extension of UN panel probing rights violations

The island nation’s economic crisis is also a political and human rights calamity. There can be no justice until the rights of ordinary Sri Lankans are safe. → Read More

Nepal President Blocks Citizenship Law

Nepal’s ceremonial president, Bidiya Bhandari, has refused to endorse a Citizenship Bill passed by parliament, denying an estimated 500,000 people access to citizenship documents and threatening to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. → Read More

South Asian States Should Back Remedy for Qatar’s Migrant Workers

The multibillion-dollar World Cup is a crucial opportunity for all South Asian governments to collectively call for remedy and work together to ensure stronger protections for their workers. → Read More

Sri Lankan Government Appoints Alleged Rights Abusers

On Thursday, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed 37 new ministers to his government. In the latest alarming indication that his new administration is not committed to protecting human rights, ending impunity, or upholding the rule of law, three of the appointees are implicated in serious rights abuses. → Read More

India Punishes Internationally Recognized Activists

At the G7 summit last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to defend freedom of expression, civil society, and religious freedom. Yet back at home, his government was renewing its crackdown on rights defenders. → Read More

As Sri Lanka’s Tamils Remember War Dead, Justice Remains Elusive

Every year on May 18, Sri Lankan Tamils mark Mullaivaikkal Memorial Day commemorating those who died in the civil war that ended in 2009. In recent years the authorities have sought to suppress the commemorations, issuing court orders, intimidating participants, shutting down events, and even detaining mourners over allegations of terrorism. → Read More

Sri Lanka’s Changes to Abusive Security Law Superficial

The Sri Lankan government has attempted to dodge growing international pressure to end abuses under its notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) by rushing cosmetic amendments through parliament this week. → Read More

Kashmiri Journalist Detained Under Draconian Indian Law

A magistrate in India’s Jammu and Kashmir region approved the detention of the respected Kashmiri journalist and editor Fahad Shah under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) on the grounds that he had been “misguiding common masses by circulating fake news against the government and its policies.” → Read More

Reform Sri Lanka’s Draconian Abortion Law

Sri Lanka has among the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, so Justice Minister Ali Sabry’s recent call for parliament to consider legalizing abortion in cases of rape is a significant development. The government should move promptly to reform the law and go further to uphold women’s equal rights by allowing all woman access to abortion. → Read More