Interventions: HUMAN RIGHTS

Fact Finding on the Death of Manual Scavengers

On Monday 15th July 2013, several newspapers in Delhi carried the incident of death of three manual scavengers in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in delhi. While few of them said that the death was caused by obnoxious gases; some reported electrocution as the cause of deaths. Many of them neither established the cause of death nor the identity of the victims. None of the newspapers published any follow up story on subsequent days.
 
PAIRVI conducted a fact finding on 16th and 17th July 2013 to establish the identity of the victims, cause of death, turn of events and course of the occurrence and also the accountability for these deaths. It is mention worthy that Delhi was the first state to ban manual scavenging in 2012. The fact finding team came out with certain facts...

State Consultation - Renewing Social, Political and Legal Commitment Against Witch Hunting

6th October 2012

In view of the rising graph of witch hunting cases and atrocity on women, a collective of organizations lead by PAIRVI, Vikas Bharati, FLAC, AASHA, and Humanity organized a State Consultation at Ranchi on 6th October. More than 70 civil society organizations, Panchayat members, women, survivors of witch hunting, academic community and lawyers attended the Consultation. The Chief Guest of the function was Mrs. Vimla Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development. The Consultation was also attended by Jusctice Narayan Roy, Chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission, Dr. Hemlata S Mohan, Chairperson of the State Women Commission, Prof. Ramesh Sharan (Ranchi University), Adv G S Jaiswal, Adv Rashmi Katyayana, Ms Ranjana (Member, State Child Rights Commission).

Workshop with Tongia Community

“Taungiya” is a colloquial word for plantation settlers, which was settled in forest villages by the forest department for maintaining forests during the late 1800 and early 1900. Majority of the taungiyas belong to Tharu and Buxa Tribes having come across the border of Nepal long back. However, later taungiya system was abolished and many of them were driven out of forests. More than 1 lakh taungiya settlers face unknown fate in Uttarakhand living mainly in the districts of Udhamsingh Nagar, Champavat, Hardwar, Dehradun and Pauri-garhwal. They become victim of wrath of forest department and revenue department and many of them suffered imprisonment on the charges of encroachment of forest lands. According to the forest officials, Taungiya system was abolished in 1980s, The Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 mandates the land rights to traditional forest dwellers including the Taungyas but the State Government has denied to recognize these forest-villagers as traditional forest dwellers and therefore rights available to them under the Act. Pairvi organized a fact finding on land rights of taungiyas and visited a number of forest villages in US Nagar, and Champavat, and met govt officials, NGOs. 

Screening of 'Cotton for My Shroud'

12th March 2012
PAIRVI organized a screening of the Film “Cotton for my Shroud,” which was awarded the best investigative Film in the Indian Film Festival. The film depicts and plight of cotton growers of Vidarbha thousands of whom have committed suicide due to the failure of BT cotton seeds of Monsanto. The Minister of Agriculture, in a statement in the Parliament, has recently admitted that more 2,50,000 (quarter a million) farmers have committed suicide due to poverty and failure of crops in the last one and half decades. 

State Consultation on Declining Child Sex Ratio

The consultation held at Udaipur, Rajasthan on 2nd September 2011 in association with Jatan Sansthan, Udaipur was an effort to learn from the experiences of the organizations/ groups/ individuals working to check progressive decline in child sex ratio, and to strategize possible advocacy interventions on the issue. It was attended by around 40 participants including civil society representatives, PCPNDT cell members and coordinators, DPM, Advocates, Generalists and Medical Doctors. The house was unanimous on the fact that implementation of PCPNDT Act has remained utterly disappointing and has made trivial contribution to the fight against declining child sex ratio.  The need was also expressed to look beyond implementation of the Act and to address the socio-economic and cultural aspects of the problem. Major recommendation on this front was curriculum revamp at school and higher levels to make education more gender sensitive. Some of the major recommendations (evolved from the consultation) are as appended below:
  • Alternate Report: Civil Society must publish a shadow report at district level giving a true account of the situation of girl child in the district. 
  • Lawyers Must be trained to litigate proactively using PCPNDT Act
  • Alternate dialogue with Doctors community must be established. Since Doctors are very much aware of legal aspects of the Act, all that is needed to do is their moral sensitization. 

Annual Conference of Association of Retired Judges of the SC and HC of India

In view of the critical role of judiciary in defining and ensuring implementation of the norms related to environment and environmental justice, the coalition also had a brief meeting with Retired Supreme Court and High Court Judges Association where five senior members and office bearers of the Association participated. The Association also adopted a resolution earlier asking the government of India to put a moratorium on GM Foods in the country.

Public Meeting of Manjha Artisans in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh

23rd July 2010
Manjha artisans and traders had assembled in Bakarganj Karbala Maidan in Bareilly to jointly decide on a charter of demands on issues concerning the threats to their only source of livelihood- production and sale of indigenously made manjha. This was the last in a series of other meetings which were held with Manjha Workers in Moradabad and Rampur in the month of July. Around 30,000 families in Bareilly are engaged in the Manjha making trade for generations. These are mainly Muslim families who have no other recourse or option of livelihood – since Manjha making is the only skill they know. Pairvi along with Lokadhikar has initiated a process of collective formation for these artisans who have remained unorganized till now. 

State Consultation on Manjha Workers

6th June 2010

A state level consultaion on the issues related to manjha workers was held at Bareily, Uttar Pradesh.

In India kites are flying in all months of a year, so the demand for the kite and its thread always maintains its requirement, and in that sense it will create a good business for  Bareilly manja workers because it’s a well established fact among the seller buyer and manufacturer’s that the sharp thorn manja of Bareilly considered the best in all over India, but the revealing fact tells some different stories about these suffered manja workers of Bareilly who faces the tough competition from the Synthetic nylon -metallic manja which got the clearance from the government to import in Indian manja market and condition got even worst because more than 50 percent manja market flooded by these Synthetic or Metallic manja  , consequently the home made bareilly manja  loosed their popularity in the market, which is directly attacking to their century old profession because of the price margin. Even sellers augmenting that “Synthetic or Metallic manja’s are in high demand because of the thread strength, cheaper price in comparison to home made bareilly manja, so ultimately only these manja workers have to face such types of storm, and now the condition is some artisan have changed their profession and some artisans are migrating from one state to another states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi  to seek an opportunity where the kite flying festival is going to be happened just because of to earn livelihood i.e. merely on  Rs90-Rs130 for the whole family.

A Training of Trainers Workshop Civic Driven Change 2010

25-27 May 2010
A training of trainers‟ (ToT) workshop on Civic Driven Change was organised from 25th to 27th May 2010 at SWARAJ, Jaipur with the objective of sharing the experiences on CDC, its Indian perspective, updates, issues and follow-up. Around 25 participants from 14 states participated in the workshop with their rich experiences and firm background.
 
The purposes of the Training of Trainers workshop on CDC were such that the participants at the end of the workshop will be able to reach: A clear understanding about Civic Driven Change and the different insights and viewpoints that emerged from the ongoing (global) debates; A clear understanding on the link between Indian discourses and practices on change and Civic Driven Change; Clarity on the relevance of Civic Driven Change in the Indian context; An understanding about the implications at policy and operational levels in adopting CDC in work of the respective organisations and; A concrete plan of action to be carried out by the Core Group collectively and by the members in their respective organizations.

State Consultation on New Industrial Policy in Chhattisgarh

22nd November 2009

The State Consultation was organized on 22nd November 2009 at Raipur to review the Industrial Policy announced by the state government. The Industrial policy is highly weighed in the favour of big industries and has very little to offer for small and medium scale enterprises or for people in the state.

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