Home Latest Update: NHRC Order in Case of Arrest of 5 trainees View the copy of the order here June 12, 2011 Dear friends and colleagues of People’s Watch, I am pleased to pass on to all of you a communication that has now been made public with reference to the events that followed the arrest of 5 Dalit Human...

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Home Latest Update: The High Court has ordered for a CBCID enquiry into the case of the arrest of the 5 human rights defenders. View the copy of the order here Five human rights defenders of Dalit Foundation, three of whom were women, were arrested on the 15th of August, 2010 on false charges of impersonation among...

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Dalit Human Rights Monitoring Program of People’s Watch (2002 – 2005)


To empower  and capacitate local Dalit human rights activists in 12 states to effectively monitor Dalit human rights violations and to use the all available legal interventions at the local, regional, state, national and international level


  1. To capacitate activists from the various states in understanding human rights from the perspective of victims, human rights mechanisms (National and International) and provide them with the necessary skills to effectively monitor Dalit human rights violations in their respective states.
  2. To provide the factual basis for an effective monitoring and assessment of all the national and international mechanisms that exist for providing redress to Dalits so that they are speedy, effective and able to render justice to victims and also punish perpetrators responsible for the violations.
  3. To provide the factual basis for undertaking an effective advocacy and lobbying program at the national and international level on Dalit human rights violations and the policies that require to be urgently undertaken for their immediate and effective amelioration .
  4. To establish within the project period, a suitable national mechanism with sufficient state level networks that is capacitated to continue this monitoring at the district level and ultimately work towards the empowering of the Dalit communities to carry forward their agenda of attaining equality, non discrimination and social and economic justice.

Operational Area

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh,  Maharashtra, Orissa, Pondicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh


  • Monitoring Dalit human rights on a daily basis from secondary sources highlighting Dalit human rights violations taking place throughout the country resulting in weekly and monthly dispatches both nationally and internationally.
  • Undertaking fact finding missions (FFMs) into the most important and selected Dalit human rights violations that occur, in two years.
  • Preparation of credible FFM Reports, containing specific findings with reference to national as well as international legal standards and recommendations and their extensive dissemination to relevant individuals, institutions and other bodies, national as well as international.
  • Assisting in the drafting of regular press releases immediately after a FFM report is finalized so as to enable civil society organizations from the respective state to utilize them for their own advocacy and lobbying efforts.
  • Assisting in the drafting of complaints / communications/ urgent appeals to be preferred before relevant state, national and international human rights mechanisms and organizations and following up on the effectiveness of these mechanisms in handling such complaints / communications.
  • Publication of an English monthly e-news letter in the first six months on the progress that the DHRM project is making; this monthly e-news letter shall, after the initial period of six months be published both as a e-news letter as well as in print form and also be brought out in Hindi
  • Publication of quarterly e-bulletins containing all the data that we have collated from our secondary sources so as to enable advocacy efforts by a host of actors within each of the states, at the national and international levels.
  • Publication of an annual report on Dalit human rights violations in India brought out three times during the project based on the materials collected during the implementation of the project
  • Capacity building of DHRMAs through  capacity training programs in different parts of the country in order to provide a minimum of 400  trained DHRMAs capable of undertaking all the tasks related to monitoring within their respective states
  • A Dalit Human Rights Internship program of 10 weeks aimed on providing 50 selected DHRMAs a higher level of training of how to manage and administer such a human rights monitoring project within their state

Major Outcomes

  • Capacitated 824 Dalit activists through 18 programs
  • Trained 48 interns and in the 15 states the interns are the State Monitoring Coordinators appointed by NCDHR
  • Intimations on violations received was published as e-databases in 4 volumes with 1200 intimations
  • Set State Monitoring Desks in association with NCDHR in 15 states