Independent Review Into Culture and Processes at Amnesty India

Amnesty International India
Bangalore / New Delhi: 20 February 2019 6:23 pm

In 2018, some staff members from marginalized communities at Amnesty India reported that they had faced harassment and discrimination at the workplace. Following these allegations, the Amnesty India board set up an independent committee in October 2018 to look into the culture and processes at Amnesty India regarding diversity and inclusion, and assess whether complaints of harassment and discrimination had been properly dealt with.

The committee was headed by Dr. Syeda Hameed, an eminent activist and writer, and also comprised three members of the board: Paul Divakar, a leading Dalit rights activist and leader of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights; Rukmini Rao, a women’s rights activist and co-founder of the Gramya Resource Centre for Women; and Amitabh Behar, the CEO of Oxfam India.

The report has now been shared with staff at Amnesty India and is available, with responses from the board and management at Amnesty India, here.

Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India, said: “We are grateful to the Syeda Hameed Committee for their report, whose release was delayed because of disruptions caused by the Enforcement Directorate raid on our offices. It reassures us that we’ve made our workplace diverse in many ways and followed due process in dealing with complaints, but also reminds us that we have a long way to go to address discrimination in all its forms.”

“We accept all the findings of the committee, and we will ensure that we implement the recommendations made by it and the board to protect employee well-being. We will reinvigorate our efforts to show our staff, members and partners that respect and dignity are not just things we campaign for externally, but are values at the heart of our organization.”

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