Board Committee Led By Independent Chair To Examine Allegations Of Discrimination Against Amnesty India

By Amnesty International India
20 October 2018 2:28 pm

As part of Amnesty India’s commitment to learning and improving, a Board Committee led by an Independent Chair was formed on 11 October 2018 to examine our processes and policies, especially with regard to diversity and discrimination in the organisation. The Committee will review the existing human resources (HR) processes in the organization to deal with complaints from employees and inquire into alleged discrimination by the management or other staff against employees from marginalized communities. This review shall also examine how affirmative action is being implemented and supported in the organization.

The Committee shall be supported by external professionals. The external professionals shall provide their assessment to the Committee after gathering material and meeting employees at AI’s office in Bengaluru. The Committee shall submit its report to Amnesty India’s Advisory Board within six weeks of its appointment.

The Committee will be chaired by Dr. Syeda Hameed and will include Advisory Board members Paul Divakar, Dr. V Rukmini Rao and Amitabh Behar.

Amnesty International India’s management and HR department shall provide the necessary documents, resources and facilities to the committee and the external professionals engaged by it for carrying out its mandate.

Member Profile:

Dr. Syeda Hameed is a women’s rights activist and educationist who was a former member of the National Commission of Women from 1997 to 2000. She is also a former member of the Planning Commission of India.

Mr. Paul Divakar is a Dalit activist. At present, he is the General Secretary of National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) based in New Delhi. He was formerly the General Secretary of the Dalit Bahujan Shramik Union, a Dalit-Bahujan rights organisation in Andhra Pradesh.

Dr. V Rukmini Rao is the Executive Director, Gramya Resource Centre for Women. She has campaigned to pass legislation to make domestic violence illegal in the country. She has also helped create one of the first rural women’s shelters in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Amitabh Behar is the CEO of Oxfam India. He is recognised for his work on governance accountability, social and economic equality, and citizen participation.