Synopsis of the talk from Mihir Desai:
I will be speaking about legislative and policy changes during the Modi Government affecting rights of people. This will include the new labour codes, farmers laws, laws concerning citizenship, love jihad laws, education policy, AADHAR act, changes in laws affecting NGOs, Environmental laws, laws concerning elections, demonetisation, etc. This will include the erosion of parliamentary democracy and federal structure. The talk will also include the use of existing and new draconian laws. It will be in the overall context of the present context of the Establishments efforts to suppress all dissent and to hollow out all institutions of accountability.
Speaker’s Profile: Mihir Desai is a designated Senior Advocate practising in Bombay High Court and Supreme Court of India. He mainly practises human rights law. He is a cofounder of Human Rights Law Network and was Director of India Centre of Human Rights and Law for 10 years. He was also the Editor of Combat Law- a human rights law magazine for the same period. He is presently the National Vice President of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). He has done litigation on various human rights issues including the Gujarat carnage of 2002, challenging the CAA and NRC in Supreme Court and various issues arising out of NRC in Gawhati High Court, litigation concerning the tool kit concerning farmers movement, issues concerning hate speech, representing number of accused in the Bhima Koregaon ‘urban naxal’ case, challenging the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution concerning Kashmir. He has also been involved in a number of other cases concerning environment, women’s rights, child rights, police brutality and freedom of speech and expression and right to protest. He has been member of number of independent peoples tribunals concerning human rights issues. He was the Legal Counsel for International Tribunal on Kashmir.
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