SAHRDC publications are hard-copy editions of detailed studies and reports published by SAHRDC or other sister organizations. It also include the publications authored by SAHRDC and published by Oxford University Press, India or TATA-McGraw Hill.

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Challenges to Civil Rights Guarantees in India

XXXXX Title:- Challenges to Civil Rights Guarantees in India
About the book:- This volume by A.G. Noorani and SAHRDC thoroughly examines the status of civil rights guarantees as enshrined in the Constitution of India. Discussing the contemporary social and political issues, and their handling by the state, it foregrounds different challenges faced by the civil rights framework in India. The nine essays elaborately analyse civil and criminal justice system, and cover topics, such as the death penalty, counter-terrorism activities, anti conversion laws, and freedom of speech. The work also brings out the complex relationship between curtailment of democratic tools of protest and enjoyment of civil rights, Keeping in view recent international and national developments, the book focuses upon the threat faced by the civil rights regime from the state authorities. Further, this volume provides an overview of available national and international legal material on important contemporary issues in India. This timely and seminal work will not only be invaluable to the teachers, scholars, and students of law, but also appeal to general readers. The essays include:

- Preventative Detention
- Extra-Judicial Killings
- Counter-terrorism and Human Rights
- The Death Penalty in India
- Narcoanalysis
- Undertrials and Videoconferencing
- Acts of Bad Faith: Anti-conversion Laws
- Impunity
- Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act: Urgency of Review

Publisher:- Oxford University Press
Publication date:-  January 2012
Price (India):- Rs 695

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Human Rights and Humanitarian Law:Developments in Indian and International Law

XXXXX Title:- Human Rights and Humanitarian Law:Developments in Indian and International Law
About the book:- Designed as a basic text for MA and LLM students pursuing courses in human rights and related courses, including criminology and legal administration, this book has been developed using the UGC course outline. Divided into eight chapters, it covers a wide range of topics including

- the philosophy of human rights
- theories of rights and freedom and their implications
- the Indian constitutional framework relating to human rights
- the interrelationship of domestic law and India’s obligations under international law
- the criminal justice system
- the debate about human rights and cultural rights
- regional associations and human rights
- environmental protection and development issues
- international humanitarian and refugee law
The methodology adopted in the book aims to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of learning. Every chapter includes
- cross-references and a list of recommended reading
- case law wherever relevant

Apart from advanced level law students, this volume will be of interest also to scholars and students of international relations and politics, media personnel, and professionals in the fields of law and criminal justice.

Publisher:- Oxford University Press
Publication date:-  2007

The National Security Act of 1980: Time to end the abuses

XXXXX Title:- The National Security Act of 1980: Time to end the abuses
About the book:- Since the early days of British colonial rule, India has lived under a series of draconian preventive detention laws. Currently, the National Security Act of 1980 (NSA) is the broadest and most widely abused of these laws. SAHRDC recognizes that India faces a number of external and domestic threats to its security and that narrowly tailored and ethically applied preventive detention laws can be effective ways to counter such threats.  However, preventive detention as it is used and abused under tha National Security Act violates a number of fundamental human rights norms provided under the Indian Constitution and international human rights law. SAHRDC examines the National Security Act, abuses under the Act and makes appropriate recommendations.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- May 2000
Page:- 68p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.130.00
Price (International):-US $4.00

The Sri Lanka Refugee Conundrum

XXXXX Title:- The Sri Lanka Refugee Conundrum
About the book:- Since 1983, Sri Lanka's civil war has claimed the lives of over 40,000 people, more than one million people have been internally displaced by the conflict between the Government and the LTTE and over 200,000 have fled to India since the early 1990s. This report examines the condition of (1) the Tamil Refugees in Indian State of Tamil Nadu, (2) Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka and (3) Asylum and Migration of the Tamils.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- August 1999
Page:- 63p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.130.00
Price (International):-US $4.00

Special Powers Act, 1974: Big Brother Exercises the Big Stick in Bangladesh

XXXXX Title:- Special Powers Act, 1974: Big Brother Exercises the Big Stick in Bangladesh
About the book:- The use of preventive detention laws in Bangladesh has a history longer than that of the Republic itself. From its inception, the Special Powers Act  has been used as a tool by military administrators and allegedly democratic leaders to silence political dissent. The preventive detention as it is used and abused under the Special Powers Act violates a number of fundamental human rights norms provided under the Bangladesh Constitution and International human rights law. This report examines the Special Powers Act, 1974, abuses under the Act and makes appropriate recommendations.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- May 2000
Page:- 46p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.120.00
Price (International):-US $3.00

Sri Lanka's Emergency Law or State-Sponsored Terrorism

XXXXX Title:- Sri Lanka's Emergency Law or State-Sponsored Terrorism
About the book:- The state-sponsored tyranny that has resulted from the current state of emergency in Sri Lanka is attributed to the country's draconian anti-terrorist legislation. This report highlights pertinent provisions of Sri Lankan legislation, namely the Public Security Ordinance, the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and the Emergency Regulations, which have contributed to the horrendous decline of human rights. A legal analysis under domestic law and international human rights standard is presented at the end by providing examples of misuse of the Emergency Regulations in Sri Lanka.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- April 2001
Page:- 48p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.120.00
Price (International):-US $3.00

The Establishment of the Permanent Forum: the Possible Positions of the Indigenous Peoples

XXXXX Title:- The Establishment of the Permanent Forum: the Possible Positions of the Indigenous Peoples
About the book:- This study has been undertaken with a view to developing "possible indigenous positions" on all the issues pertaining to the establishment of the Permanent Forum. It should be read as a supplement to the "Report of the consultations held by the Chairman/Repporteur". It attempts to show the possible options for negotiations in February 2000 in order to enable the Adhoc Working Group to reach a consensus on the establishment of the Permanent Forum.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- December 1999
Page:- 36p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.120.00
Price (International):-US $3.00

Racial Discrimination: The Record of Sri Lanka

XXXXX Title:- Racial Discrimination: The Record of Sri Lanka
About the book:- Sri Lanka’s ethnic war is one of the starkest illustrations of the consequences of a state policy that legitimises discrimination. The deliberate and systematic exclusion of the Tamil community has been largely responsible for the prolonged and tortuous conflict that shows no sign of abating. This report looks at the effects of these policies and examines how the Sri Lankan governmentâ™s policies continue to violate the Constitution as well as several international human rights instruments.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- September 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-09-X
Page:- 64p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.135.00
Price (International):- US $ 5.00

Racial Discrimination: The Record of Pakistan

XXXXX Title:- Racial Discrimination: The Record of Pakistan
About the book:- Pakistan remains one of the most glaring examples of racial discrimination in the world. A signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the country has shown little commitment to improving the lives of its ethnic and religious minorities. This report describes the discriminatory treatment endured by both types of minorities.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- September 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-14-6
Page:- 40p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs. 125.00
Price (International):- US $ 4.00

Racial Discrimination: The Record of Bhutan

XXXXX Title:- Racial Discrimination: The Record of Bhutan
About the book:- Ethnically plural Bhutan undertook a series of racist measures against the country’s ethnic Nepali population in 1980. It sought to revive the ‘Bhutanese way of life’ followed by the majority Drukpas. To this end, restrictions were imposed on dress, language and religion. These were later followed by a crackdown on Nepali protests leading to the flight of nearly 90,000 Nepalese to Nepal who Bhutan refuses to take back. The ethnic Sarchop community has also been the target of discriminatory policies. This report details the repressive policies of the Bhutanese government and also examines the process and possibilities of the repatriation of the ethnic Nepalis.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- September 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-12-X
Page:- 76p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs. 150.00
Price (International):- US $ 5.00

Preventive Detention and Individual Liberty

XXXXX Title:- Preventive Detention and Individual Liberty
About the book:- SAHRDC's submission to the National Commission for the Review of the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) of India. Preventive detention runs counter to fundamental freedoms such as the right to personal liberty. SAHRDC submission to the National Commission for the Review of the Working of the Constitution recommends the removal of Constitutional provisions allowing preventive detention in keeping with the spirit of the Constitution and international human rights standards. In the event that the provisions are retained, it must be ensured that they are enacted solely as emergency legislation and that additional safeguards are introduced to protect the rights of detainees.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- November 2000
ISBN:- 81-87379-03-0
Page:- 41p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.150.00
Price (International):- US $ 4

Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance 2001: Government Decides to Play Judge and Jury

XXXXX Titlle:- Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance 2001: Government Decides to Play Judge and Jury
About the book:- The newest ‘anti-terror’ legislation sought to be introduced by the government of India targets those who allegedly support or abet ‘terrorism’ or benefit from its proceeds. The new law, if and when it is passed, however promises to be yet another attempt to subvert the normal process of the law and suppress fundamental liberties. It is also more likely to be used against minorities and political opponents. POTO, much like the now defunct TADA, threatens the very foundation of public order and national security that it aims to protect. SAHRDC suggests that the Ordinance must be invested with additional safeguards, or better still, done away with completely.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- November 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-15-4
Page:- 148p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.180.00
Price (International):- US $ 6.00

Knitting the Multi-Coloured Cloak of Asia: Recognising and Eradicating Racism and Discrimination

XXXXX Title:- Knitting the Multi-Coloured Cloak of Asia: Recognising and Eradicating Racism and Discrimination
About the book:- This report is SAHRDC’s response to the Provisional Draft Declaration of Governments prepared prior to the Asian Regional Inter-Governmental Preparatory Conference for the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) held in August-September 2001. The publication highlights the key issues relating to racism in Asia and recommends an action-oriented programme towards its eradication.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- February 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-07-3
Page:- 56p.
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.120.00
Price (International):- US $ 4.00

Judgement Reserved: The Case of the National Human Rights Commission of India

XXXXX Title:- Judgement Reserved: The Case of the National Human Rights Commission of India
About the book:- The National Human Rights Commission of India is the supreme and independent body for providing human rights protection in India. Since its inception in 1993, the commission is underrated for providing quality services. While the Government of India was at fault for not complying with the recommendations made by NHRC on various occasions, the Commission was also responsible for not supporting its strong words with action. This report is the first of its kind covering all aspects of NHRC's institutional development. It examines the instances of human rights abuses and preventive steps taken by the Commission. It also takes a brief note of the whereabouts of the implementation of the recommendations made by Kerala High Court, McKinsey & Company, Inc. and Staff Inspection Unit. Making a comprehensive assessment of the working of the NHRC, this report provides several recommendations aimed at reducing NHRC's caseload and improving its efficiency. The recommendations are both procedural and substantive in nature. Finally, it provides practical solutions to the problems faced by the Commission and recommends many other programs of action to be taken for providing anticipated protection against human rights violations.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- September 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-06-5
Page:- 144p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.170.00
Price (International):- US $ 5.00

Eliminating Sovereign and Official Immunity In Fundamental Human Rights Cases

XXXXX Title:- Eliminating Sovereign and Official Immunity In Fundamental Human Rights Cases
About the book:- SAHRDC's submission paper to the National Commission for the Review of the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) of India. The Constitution of India allows for the immunisation of public officials and government institutions in cases of human rights violations. This is contrary to the prevailing international legal standards. Official immunity protects government personnel from criminal prosecution or civil suits even if they commit serious human rights abuses, while sovereign immunity prevents all government organs and institutions from being sued for damages for human rights violations committed by their officials. SAHRDC makes a case for the reform of this section of the Constitution to prevent official or sovereign immunity from infringing on fundamental rights guarantees.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:-  January 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-05-7
Page:-  34p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.115.00
Price (International):- US $ 4.00

The Bhutanese Political Crisis and Refugee Problem

XXXXX Title:- The Bhutanese Political Crisis and Refugee Problem
About the book:- This book is the review of the human rights record in Bhutan, especially in light of an on-going settlement policy in Southern Bhutan, and the future of over 93,000 Lhotsampa refugees (Southern Bhutanese of Nepali origin) who now live in camps in South-eastern Nepal after being expelled from their country.

Publisher:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- October 1998
ISBN:- 81-87379-00-6
Page:- 185p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs.330.00
Price (International):- US $11.00

Abolition of the Death Penalty

XXXXX Title:- Abolition of the Death Penalty
About the book:- SAHRDC submission to the National Commission for the Review of the Working of the Constitution makes a case for the abolition of the death penalty in India by citing international legal standards and by examining the ‘rarest of rare’ doctrine that has paradoxically helped the death penalty survive as a form of punishment over the years.

Publisher: South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- November 2000
ISBN:- 81-87379-02-2
Page:-  32p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs. 105.00
Price (International):- US $4.00

Abandoned and Betrayed: Afghan Refugees Under UNCHR Protection in New Delhi

XXXXX Title:-Abandoned and Betrayed: Afghan Refugees Under UNCHR Protection in New Delhi
About the Book:- This study, conducted by South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC) examines the predicament of the Afghan refugee population in New Delhi, focusing specifically on the services offered to it by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as relevant policies of the Indian Government. While most of the research was conducted in 1999, the report draws heavily on previous research done by SAHRDC in 1994, 1995, 1997, and 1998. Information in the report comes from field investigations as well as from secondary sources.

Publisher: South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- November 1999
ISBN:- 81-87379-01-4
Page:- 130p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs. 330.00
Price (International):-  US $ 11.00

A Step in the Rights Direction

XXXXX Title:- A Step in the Rights Direction
About the book:- A Step in the Rights Direction is a human rights education manual that can be practically used by educators teaching students in high school. The aim of this manual is to heighten young people's awareness of the fundamental concepts of human rights and to foster a sense of inquiry and responsibility in them. This book is an attempt towards the implementation of the goals of the Indian Government's National Curriculum Framework of 1986 which aims to arouse social consciousness, instill democratic values and help achieve the goals of social justice, equality and national integration.

Author:- South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publisher:- Tata McGraw-Hill
Publication date:- 2000
ISBN:- 0-07-463884-X
Page:- 281p.
Size:- 9.5" X 7"
Price (India):- Rs.400.00
Price (International):-US $13.00

Think Papers on the World Conference on Racism

XXXXX Title:- Think Papers on the World Conference on Racism
About the Book:- WCAR Think Papers  is a series of papers intended to introduce a critical perspective into the dialogue on the WCAR. The Think Papers highlight the importance of having the WCAR focus sufficient attention on racism in all parts of the world and the political difficulties in making that happen. Each paper is intended to be a work in process.

Publisher:- Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- 2001
ISBN:- 81-87379-07-3
Page:- 65p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs. 130.00
Price (International):- US $ 5.00

Racial Discrimination: The Record of Tanzania

XXXXX Title:- Racial Discrimination: The Record of Tanzania
About the Book:- Racial discrimination in Tanzania is rooted in its current ethnic conflicts and in the government’s ineptness in dealing with the refugee situation. Government policies regarding land use and redistribution have led to further exclusion and alienation of several ethnic groups living in Tanzania. This report examines the harassment, discrimination and exclusion faced by local communities, tribal groups, women and the Asian minority.

Publisher:- Human Rights Documentation Centre
Publication date:- 2001
Page:- 45p.
Size:- 8.5" X 5.5"
Price (India):- Rs. 125.00
Price (International):- US $ 4.00