Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Dakxin Chhara on Nomadic Tribes in India

Photo credit. Birth1871 documentary. Editor of Law@theMargins Chaumtoli Huq sits down and talks with documentary filmmaker and Director of Budhan Theater Dakxin Chhara on his film Birth 1871 on the history of denotified tribes (DNT) in India.  “Do you think 60 million people are born criminals?” he asks.  Of course, our answer is no because to say otherwise would go against our sense of fairness and human rights. Dakxin is…

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Perspectives: Home-based policy still distant dream for millions of workers in Pakistan

By Zehra Khan, General Secretary of Home Based Women Workers Federation and Research and Education Secretary in National Trade Union Federation Women workers held a big rally in Karachi on the occasion of International Women’s Day and demanded the Sindh government to announce the home-based workers’ policy immediately which would give home based workers of the informal sector the status of worker as per the local laws. Despite a long struggle spanning…

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Support Sramik Awaaz (Workers Voices): Law@theMargins Documentary on Labor Organizing in Bangladesh

Law@theMargins Editor Chaumtoli Huq and documentary filmmaker Mohammad Romel are collaborating on a documentary on the labor movement in Bangladesh. The documentary aims to highlight the organizing efforts in the garment industry, efforts by workers to educate others on their trade union rights and in developing female leadership in the union, as well as ways allies abroad can show solidarity.  Listen to Chaumtoli speak about the project with HuffPostLive here….

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Malcolm’s Global Legacy: Prescient Insight on the “War on Terror”

The death of Malcolm X coincidentally falls on the same day of the Language Movement in Bangladesh, where Bangladeshis fought against the imposition of Urdu as a national language by Pakistan. What does the convergence of these historical facts reveal to me as a first-generation Bangladeshi based in the United States? Actually, a number of helpful lessons in understanding the nuances of social justice movements and their relationship to faith, and their dynamism and conflicting and mutually constitutive functions.

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