8 September marks the fourth anniversary of the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar & Shamli districts in Uttar Pradesh. In less than 3 days, over 60 people were killed in the clashes, and tens of thousands of Muslim families from about 140 villages were forced to ﬂee their homes and take shelter in relief camps. Four years later, the survivors of the riots are still trying to rebuild their lives.
Individuals At Risk
Our Individuals at Risk team conducts research and runs campaigns to raise awareness about prisoners who have been tortured, communities who have been forcibly evicted, writers and artists whose expression has been unfairly restricted, and other people whose rights are at imminent risk.
Gender Based Violence
Violence against women and girls in India is widespread. Despite some progressive legislative measures in recent years, brought about due to pressure from women’s rights movements, the media and public campaigns, many women continue to experience discrimination and violence in their everyday lives.
Human Rights Education
The Human Rights Education (HRE) programme aims to create a rights-respecting society in India by promoting the values and principles of human rights in communities.
We do this by engaging with formal education systems – especially those that focus on children and young people – to bring human rights into everyday life. Currently, we work with schools, colleges, students, teachers and educational systems by providing training, activity kits and platforms through which young people can come together to learn and take action on human rights issues important to them.
Business and Human Rights
Adivasis, indigenous communities in India, constitute about 8% of India’s population. They rely on their lands and forests for their livelihoods. Coal mining and other business activities have unlawfully displaced hundreds of Adivasi people in central India. We are standing up for their rights.
Reducing Excessive Pretrial Detention
Around 280,000 Indians are being held in prison awaiting or undergoing trial. Undertrials are among the most vulnerable sections of the prison population – they are prevented from contributing to the preparation of their defense, face the risk of physical and psychological abuse and even torture, and often suffer from health problems caused by overcrowding.
Meet India’s Whistle blowers
Today, whistleblowers in India are under serious risk from a Bill pending in the Rajya Sabha. In 2014, the government passed the Whistle Blowers Protection Act to create a procedure for whistleblowing and protect those who do it. The government has now proposed amendments to the Act, which will make the disclosure of information extremely difficult, and will drastically increase risks for whistle blowers.
Online Violence Against Women
Amnesty International India has launched a campaign to address online violence faced by women on social media platforms like twitter. Online violence against women, that is, violence directed at women because of their gender, is a barrier to their enjoyment of their rights to equality and freedom of expression.
Transgender Rights are Human Rights
Last August, the central government introduced a highly flawed bill on transgender rights in the Parliament. Therefore, the bill was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC), which invited suggestions from the public and civil society organisations. Amnesty International India made a detailed submission to the PSC on the Bill on 28 December 2016. On 12 August, Amnesty International India launched a missed call petition to rally support for amendments to be made to the 2016 Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.