Oral Statement Delivered by Henri Tiphagne on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) at the 36th Regular Session of the UNHRC Joint Press Release of FIDH International Federation for Human Rights and its member organizations Peoples Watch and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) - "India: Government fails to address key human rights concerns during UN review" Statement delivered by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), People's Watch, the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN, and Human Rights Defenders' Alert-India at the 36th Regular Session of the UNHRC Oral Statement Delivered by Lara Jesani on behalf of Minority Rights Group at the 36th Regular Session of the UNHRC Peoples Watch appeals to the police and citizens not to disturb Irom Sharmila in Kodaikanal. Defending in Numbers Silencing the Voices of Asia 2015-2016. The Commission has asked the Union Home Ministry to report on the alleged "attack on the rights of human rights defenders". Strict legal restrictions on foreign funding hit Indias NGOs Largest confederation of US labor unions awards Maina Kiai its 2016 award for human rights AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDIA & HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH JOINT STATEMENT: India: Foreign Funding Law Used to Harass 25 Groups PRESS RELEASE: Peoples Watch condemns the Chennai city police for the death of Mukesh from Kannagi Nagar PRESS RELEASE: Peoples Watch condemns unlawful arrests of peaceful protesters in Karur 13.10.16 PRESS RELEASE: People's Watch Condems Srikanth Balaji police and prison torture at Manali, Chennai Tamil Press Release-People's Watch Condems attack on Srikanth Balaji at Manali, Chennai People's Watch-Press release-People's Watch call for withdrawal of the recommendations of the Madras High Court to the Advocates Act Felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphage at Madurai on 04.06.16 at Madurai organised by Citizens for Human Rights Movement (CHRM) and IPRO A felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphagne on the receipt of Amnesty International Award 2016 organised by HRCPS at Pondicherry on 28.05.2016 A felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphagne on the receipt of Amnesty International Award 2016 organised by Mr. Nizamuddin, Mr. Balki, Mr. R.Babu, Mr. Arulselvam and Activists from Cuddalore on 28.05.2016 A felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphagne on the receipt of Amnesty International Award 2016 organised by Vaanmuhil, Citizens for Human Rights Movement Tirunelveli on 22.03.2016 AP-Encounter-Letter to AP Govt. officials with interim report seeking their response AP Encounter High Level Fact Finding - Interim Report 21.04.2015 Human Rights Defenders Alert India - NHRC - Tamilnadu - Gross Violation of 'Right to Association' of HR organizations/ HRDs in TN - Plea Requesting NHRC Intervention Resource Material - Training on Human Rights to Professional College Students NCPCR's Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in schools

National Human Rights Initiatives of People's Watch

Monitoring of National Human Rights Institutions

Since the 1990s, India has seen a growth in statutory human rights institutions. They number over 130 institutions, with over 500 commissioners exercising their powers. They have been created under special legislation, some with state and some with national jurisdiction. They cover a range of subjects: gender, human rights, minorities, scheduled castes and tribes, semi-nomadic tribes, persons with disabilities, children, and the right to information. These human rights institutions play an advisory role with the governments, a complaints-handling role, and an educational and awareness-building role.

The national human rights institutions enjoy significant power and increasing respect from civil society. They are expected to adhere to the Paris Principles of 1991 - the UN Guidelines governing National Human Rights Institutions. Because of their large and increasing role and in the context of these institutions finding it difficult to rise to the people’s expectations, PW feels the urgent need to undertake a specific nation wide monitoring of these institutions.

PW is simultaneously a member of the Asian NGOs Network on National Institutions (ANNI) initiated by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA).

PW endeavors by way of this program to create regular annual reports regarding the functioning of these human rights institutions as well as monitor their performance and their adherence to the Paris Principles.

All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) is a Forum initiated by People's Watch to monitor the said institutions and activate them. AiNNI published the India Chapter of the ANNI Report 2010 and its Hindi Translation which were launched in New Delhi on 26th August 2010. Click here for the report: English Hindi

Send a mail to ainnimembers@gmail.com to become a member of the AiNNI and its Google Group.

National Desk on Human Rights Defenders in India

December 10, 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. In recognition of that milestone, PW launched a National Desk on Human Rights Defenders in India. This Desk provides information to human rights defenders about their rights and responsibilities under the UN declaration. It also receives reports from human rights defenders at risk from different parts of the country and then approaches and lobbies with the appropriate authorities to press for urgent government action to protect the human rights defenders in difficulty. The National Desk will additionally also publish an Annual Report on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in India and gradually work towards a national network for the protection and promotion of human rights defenders in the country after an initial capacity building program for human rights defenders across the country.

It has gradually worked towards a national network for the protection and promotion of human rights defenders in the country after an initial capacity building program for human rights defenders across the country - Participants of the TOT and the regional trainings and their respective organizations have floated a common forum titled “Human Rights Defenders Alert - India” to extend immediate assistance to Human Rights Defenders in trouble / at risk.

Send a mail to hrda.india@gmail.com to become a member of the HRD Alert - India and its Google Group.

Useful Links

Access the website of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders on human rights defenders' protection mechanisms and programmes: http://www.humanrights-defenders.org/

Publications

Forum Asia / ANNI Reports

Defending in Numbers – Silencing the Voices of Asia 2015-2016


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A Guidebook for Human Rights Defenders


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