Almas Shaikh

Research Associate

Almas Shaikh graduated from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi with a B.A., LL.B (Hons) degree in 2017 and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva in 2019.

Previously, she has worked both internationally and nationally. In India, she has worked as a dispute resolution lawyer. Subsequently, she has worked with DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance and the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva.

Almas is interested in the intersectionality of human rights and gender rights and its interaction with the protection of vulnerable groups.

Blog

(IN)-EQUALITY in Private Actions

March 26, 2020

India has witnessed a rise in intolerance over the past few months. From intolerance towards dissent, housing decisions taken based on political leanings to violence towards minorities (religious or socio-economic), show a growing unease and divide in the citizens of India. These acts of violence, discrimination or unequal treatment can be divided into two categories.

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Conversations on Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019

March 23, 2020

Transgender rights are at the forefront of gender inclusivity in India since the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in NALSA v. Union of India. These dialogues gained significant momentum when the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 was enacted. Taking into consideration the vehement opposition to the legislation, CLPR held a community meeting “Conversations on Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019” to discuss the legal issues and challenges to the law.  The meeting saw participation from the transgender community, lawyers, and human rights activists alike. Strong voices of Anindya Hajra, Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, Grace Banu and Akkai Padmashali guided the conversation through the various issues that are constitutionally and procedurally problematic.

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Tackling Caste Discrimination Through Law: Ernakulam Dialogues

March 3, 2020

On 28th February 2020, CLPR organized a workshop for civil society organisations on ‘Tackling Caste Discrimination through Law’ in Ernakulam in association with the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN). The day was divided into two sessions, – (i) An introduction to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (PoA Act) and the Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955 (PCRA) and (ii) group activity.

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