Meet India’s Human Rights Defenders

 

It’s not easy for someone to stand up for truth and justice, especially when you could be threatened, attacked or jailed.

The risks involved are great, often affecting the safety of families as well. And yet, human rights defenders persevere – for the good of our country.

Chandrashekhar Azad ‘ravan’ and Bhim army have setup schools for Dalit children in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Sagolsem Menor Singh campaigns for justice with the families of people killed in fake encounters in Manipur. In the struggle against sexual and gender based violence, Sahiyo and WeSpeakOut is working with communities to stop the practice of female genital mutilation in India.

Instead of being recognized for their efforts, they are being attacked. Governments, companies, armed groups, groups advocating hate and discrimination and others in power are actively working to silence them and shut down their work.

These champions of truth and justice are being portrayed as criminals, unpatriotic or even “foreign agents”. Their reputations are being smeared, they are being locked up and even facing violence for speaking out.

We want to build an India where ANYONE can speak out for what is right without being threatened, attacked or jailed.

These human rights defenders are an example of what it means to be brave. They speak up for our rights and the rights of others. Now, they need our support.

Stand with them! Help us protect the Brave today.

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Updates

CHANDRASHEKHAR AZAD

On 27 April, 2018 Allahabad High Court refused to quash the detention order under the National Security Act (NSA) for Bhim Army leader, Chandrashekhar Azad 'Ravan'. Uttar Pradesh government extends the detention of Bhim Army leader, Chandrashekhar Azad 'Ravan' under the National Security Act (NSA) till August 2018.

Since the launch of our campaign to release Chandrashekhar Azad, over 100,000 people across India have supported the Amnesty International India campaign calling on Chief Minister M Yogi Adityanath to release Chandrashekhar Azad 'Ravan'.

We will keep you updated on the campaign in this section.