Ghana’s High Court on Right to Religious Freedom and Manifestation

Ghana’s High Court on Right to Religious Freedom and Manifestations

An interesting judgment comes from the High Court of Ghana [“Court”] wherein the Court upheld the applicant’s ‘right to Religious freedom and manifestation’. The applicant is a Rastafarian by religion. According to the applicant, Rastafarianism is a religious movement that combines ‘protestant Christianity, mysticism and a pan-African political consciousness’. One of the key tenants/beliefs of the Rastafarian religion is wearing ‘dreadlocks.’ The applicant was refused admission to school in Ghana. He was made to stand separately during the admission process because he was wearing ‘dreadlocks’ which was apparently against the rules and regulations of the school management (which says “students must keep their hair low, simple and natural”). The question before the Court was whether the applicant has a right to manifest his religion. If yes, then are the rules and regulations of the school goes against his right to religious freedom and its manifestation or the school is justified in imposing this restriction?

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Guest Post: Federalism Hung by a Thread in India during the times of COVID-19 Pandemic

Federalism in India during the times of COVID-19

The entirety of our world is facing an air of uncertainty, confusion, and conflict due to the pandemic. For a country like India, which has several states and union territories, a population of nearly 1.3 billion people, and a spectrum of diversity, the principle which protects the sanity of this hierarchy is federalism. India has been a host to several types of federalisms that have surfaced in different times since independence. However, lately this particular idea of federalism has been slightly dented due to conflicts between the centre and different states especially in the times of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guest Post: Critical Analysis of the amendments to Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act

Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act
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The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in India, which reportedly started around in April, highlighted the poor state of medical infrastructure across the country. The might of the new strain of the virus has forced the central government to accept foreign aid and negated the populist claims of India being a rising powerhouse in the field of medicine. Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, has recognized the vital role played by NGOs across the world in providing resources and reducing the burden of the frontline workers.  In India, the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 regulates foreign aid for the NGOs.

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Guest Post: Constitutional Perspective on the Conjugal Rights of Prisoners in India

India, like most nations, uses incarceration as a method of legal punishment for those who transgress the law. Although prisoners are alienated from society, the courts have reiterated on numerous occasions that they are still entitled to enjoy basic rights enshrined in the Constitution. One such right claimed as fundamental to a prisoner’s life and dignity is Conjugal rights. It refers to the “rights, especially to sexual relations, regarded as exercisable in law by each partner in a marriage.”

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Guest Post: Is COVID-Lockdown Really Sabotaging Employment in India?

Covid and Employment
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When our government has convinced us and the world that we are in the “endgame” of the pandemic, the more precarious version of the contagion, constantly knocking on the doors, banged and created a catastrophe, which affected nearly every one of us. We all might not be in the same boat but we were in the same hurricane. Apart from the scantiness of oxygen, hospital beds, medicines, ventilators, and vaccines, we Indians are also continuously facing the dearth of necessity, from the first wave itself, that is known as the livelihood. Supreme Court and High Courts, raised their brows on the insufficiency of all the covid – related necessities. However, they didn’t show concern towards the breach of right to livelihood. It is an intrinsic and germane part of enforceable fundamental rights as well as unenforceable Directive Principles of State Policy [“DPSP”]. The issue of lack of livelihood or unemployment hasn’t surfaced today, at the time of covid, but has been present for years. However, due attention must be given to the loss of livelihood that has spiked in the pandemic. To add on, there is an inevitable third wave waiting round the corner.

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