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30/11/2014Celebrating Children's Right To Be Heard - An Interface with Juvenile Justice Functionaries of the District.
14/11/2014"Surakshita" - a Campaign to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
27/10/2014Visit of Friends from Afar - A visit that took our work of setting up Human Right Clubs in Schools to the next level
14/07/2014The Court of Women - A search for An Alternate Justice System to address violence against women.
04/07/2014HUMAN RIGHT CLUBS IN SCHOOLS – Will children express their opinion freely?
30/04/2014Getting Off The Block For The Academic Year 2014 - 2015
04/02/2014Taking Baby Steps Demanding Governance Accountability
20/09/2013From Kandhamal to the United Nations
27/07/2013A "Home" When Your Very Own Ceases To Be One For You.
06/05/2013From Human Rights Education to Human Rights Defense.
06/05/2011Score Cards for 9 Is Mine
07/04/2011A Promise We Could Not Keep!
06/02/2011A Motley Group of Women Dare to Stake Their Claim for Land Once Again.
01/02/2011Winter Camp for HRE Teachers and Students in Paderu
27/11/2010Training for Lutheran School Teachers on Human Rights Education
19/11/2010Nine is Mine Programme in Delhi
04/11/2010Nine is mine Campaign


Workshop for Human Rights Defenders at Ekalavya Training Centre, PARA

The first of a series of workshops for Human Rights Defenders(HRD) has begun at Ekalavya Training Centre, PARA(People’s Action for Rural Awakening), Ravulapalem, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh on 9th April, 2010. The first day’s progamme began with the garlanding of Dr Ambedkar’s statue and lighting the lamp at 10 am by Adv Muppala Subba Rao, Convenor of AP Human Rights Association and Fr Thomas Pallithanam, Director of PARA –the two champions of Human Rights Promotion and Protection. There are about 100 Human Rights Defenders representing tens of communities and hundreds of sanghs from nine districts, actively participating in the 2-day programme conducted in collaboration with the People’s Watch –Tamil Nadu.

Adv Subba Rao spoke about the various aspects involved in human rights defence and its increasing necessity in today’s atmosphere of ever-increasing human rights violations. He explained about the various Human Rights Institutions and their terms and conditions.

Fr Thomas Pallithanam then facilitated group discussions based on the role of the participants as individuals in protecting human rights and also asked the groups to reflect and share the experiences in the various fields(land, gender, children, Adivasis, Dalits, Differently Abled,  Education, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Right To Information, Domestic Violence etc.)the HRDS are working, especially as some of participants have more than 15 years of history of human rights defence. He said that Human Rights Defence is peaceful & non-violent and reminded that it is universal, based on international standards and respects the others’dignity.

It was discussed that some of the problems the HRDs face are false cases being filed against them, labeling them as anti-socials or  naxals, mud-slinging, threatening, blackmailing etc by the police, officials, politicians and so on,  harassing the family, forcing silence on them, creating every possible hurdles against them … It was also pointed out that in such situations, the right to assembling, communicating and organizing, the right to seek, obtain, hold information, right to immediate remedy & protection and right to lawful exercise of profession have to be explored. G. Prasad of CRAF was also one of the resource persons.

Compiled by Jose Kunnel
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