Category Archives: Updates

Delhi High Court directs government to ensure access to essential medicines for Gaucher’s disease, irrespective of cost

In a momentous decision impacting the right to health and access to essential medicines the Delhi High Court, on 17 April 2014, directed the Government of NCT Delhi to provide free treatment to a five year old child suffering from

Supreme Court recognises the right to determine and express one’s gender; grants legal status to ‘third gender’

In a path-breaking judgment, the Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutional rights and freedoms of transgender persons, including those who identify as third gender and those who identify in a gender opposite to their biological sex, i.e., persons, assigned female

Indian Civil Society Members Urge Prime Minister to Resist US Administration Pressure

March 27, 2014 Dr. Manmohan Singh Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, The Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi 110011. Tel: 011 23018939; Fax: 011 2301 0233. Email: Resist the US administration Pressure and Reject the Misleading

Concerned about access to affordable health care for neglected diseases, Delhi High Court directs State to provide treatment for Haemophillia

New Delhi: In a significant development for the right to health in India, Justice Manmohan of the Delhi High Court took serious note of the limited availability of affordable treatment for persons with neglected diseases like Haemophillia and ensured that

Naz Foundation files Curative Petition challenging the Supreme Court judgment on Section 377

31st March, 2014: The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, the original petitioner in the constitutional challenge to Section 377, has filed a curative petition challenging the Supreme Court decision in Suresh Kumar Koushal v. Naz Foundation (hereinafter ‘Koushal’) delivered in December,

Supreme Court takes notice of discrimination against children affected by HIV in schools; seeks response from the Union and States

March 3rd, 2014: The Supreme Court today issued notice on a writ petition, Naz Foundation (India) Trust v. Union of India and Ors., W.P.(C), 147 of 2014, seeking the elimination of discrimination against children affected by HIV in schools, invoking

Parliament passes the NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2014: many gains; some losses

The Lawyers Collective welcomes the passage of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2014 (“NDPS”) by Parliament late last week. The amendments make important, path breaking changes for medical access to narcotic drugs by removing barriers that date

HIV/AIDS Bill tabled in the Rajya Sabha

11 February, 2014- The HIV Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha today at 12:10 p.m. amidst constant din and confusion. Health Minister Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad introduced the Bill which after consensus was accepted to be introduced in the