In the present report, the Special Rapporteur considers a number of critical elements that affect the effective and full implementation of the right to health framework. He begins by reaffirming the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health, by reiterating the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights and stressing…

The Lawyers Collective has asked the Ministry of Women and Child Development to make public the proposed amendments to the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 and consult affected groups. Read More

In a closely watched case, Justice Subrata Talukdar of the Calcutta High Court today quashed charges of rape, cheating, causing grievous hurt, criminal intimidation, and others, framed against Pinki Pramanik, the famous woman athlete from Kolkata and nullified the charge sheet filed by the Kolkata police against her. In June 2012, Pinki was accused of…

10 September, 2014- In a move towards furthering access to affordable medicines, Lawyers Collective through Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, the Hepatitis Coalition of Nagaland and Network of PLHIV living in the Asia Pacific region (APN+), filed a pre- grant challenge to sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) in India. The opposition is against the pro-drug patent application 3658/kolnp/2009 which is…

An assessment of the new law introduced to appoint judges argues that it will make the judiciary subservient to the executive and thus throws a fundamental challenge to the Constitution and Indian democracy. The long-pending demands for transparency and accountability of judges and for making the judiciary more representative have been forgotten in these new…

I write to inform you that several of us welcome  the changes introduced in the premises of the Supreme Court which we have noticed on the reopening of the Court.  In particular the public corridors are neat and clean and the entire building is looking more friendly and welcoming.  I am sure a substantial amount…

While ruling that women were increasingly misusing Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, the Supreme Court ought to have been more conscious of the prevalence of domestic violence, and the difficulties women face in approaching the police. When faced with evidence of a poor conviction rate, instead of inquiring whether the prosecution was poorly…

15.07.2014- In a momentous decision for patients, a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court dismissed a writ petition filed by Bayer challenging the IPAB order upholding the compulsory license granted to Natco for Sorafenib Tosylate (Nexavar). Nexavar is a crucial medicine for patients suffering from kidney and liver cancer. In 2012, the Patent Controller…

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