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‚Äôs 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 email@example.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 ‚ÄúHuman Rights Defenders Alert - India‚ÄĚ to extend immediate assistance to Human Rights Defenders in trouble / at risk.
Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to become a member of the HRD Alert - India and its Google Group.
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/
Forum Asia / ANNI Reports
A Guidebook for Human Rights Defenders
UDHR / Defenders Declaration Booklets