Bangalore run – Sunday 23 May – register now to run for SICHREM!

April 30, 2010

You can still register as a runner to for SICHREM in the Sunfeast Bangalore 10km run on Sunday 23 May 2010.  You can register online here.  You may register as a runner for SICHREM until Monday May 10 2010.

But, if you don’t want to run, there are still many other ways that you can support SICHREM.

  1. SICHREM is a Participating Charity in the run again this year – click here to support SICHREM online.
  2. Your work can participate!  There is a Corporate Cares category where corporates can choose SICHREM as its Participating Charity and raise funds for us by getting teams of up to 30 friends/employees to run for SICHREM here.
  3. You can sponsor an iCare Runner – You can sponsor one of SICHREM’S runners in the run – every little contribution helps!  Contact us to find out who is running for us and how you can sponsor them.

If you have any further questions about how you can support SICHREM in this run, please contact Satish, Fundraising Coordinator at SICHREM, at 9739797287 / satishj@sichrem.org.

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Reminder! SICHREM’s monthly HR discourse TODAY

April 30, 2010

Today at 4pm is the Indian Social Institute and SICHREM’s 6th Monthly Discourse on Human Rights.  The guest speaker today is Srilatha Batliwala, Scholar Associate, Association for Women’s Rights in Development.  She will be discussing “Gains and Losses in the Struggle for Women’s Rights”.

Please do join us.

Date & time: Friday 30 April 2010 at 4:00pm (i.e. this afternoon).

Venue: Volken Auditorium, Indian Social Institute, No. 24, Benson Town, Bangalore 46, Phone: 23536189, 23536364

For more details contact:

R. Manohar (SICHREM) 9535037596, Vijaya Tilagam (ISI) 9620135138


Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns Bangalore public meeting

April 29, 2010

The public meeting hosted by the Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns Bangalore (of which SICHREM is a member of) was well-attended on Tuesday evening with over 200 attendees.

The audience reacted well to each speaker’s passionate and eloquent talk.

Dayamani Barla – Adivasi Mulvasi Astitva Raksha Manch in Jharkhand is spearheading the anti-mining struggles and has successfully stopped ArcelorMital from mining. Adivasi journalist and voice of the peoples struggles.

Chittaranjan Singh- Human Rights activist, a renowned human rights activist of PUCL. based in Uttar Pradesh, he has been active in the people’s movement against Coca Cola Company.

At these events, SICHREM usually sets up a fundraising stall (moved inside here because of the rains).


Open letter to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya

April 27, 2010

On 23rd April 2010, SICHREM sent an open letter to Mr Mukul Sangma, Honorable Chief Minister of Meghalaya, concerning the human right violations of 1600 tribal children brought from 4 districts of Meghalaya to 35 schools in Karnataka to bring them up the “Hindu” way.

SICHREM was  shocked by the denial of the most basic human rights that are due to children in a country governed by law which guarantees some universal, inalienable and basic rights and protections.

You can read SICHREM’s full letter here – letter to Chief Minister-Meghalaya

In concluding the letter, SICHREM makes the following suggestions to the government of Meghalaya:

  • The government of Meghalaya, jointly with the Government of Karnataka, should investigate the matter and provide a report to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on what steps must be taken to ensure the safety and protection of interests of these children.
  • The government of Meghalaya, jointly with the Government of Karnataka, should intervene immediately and set up procedures of transparency, contact and accountability: transparency in the process of recruitment of children, in the contact information, in the content of the curriculum, in the fundraising process, in the aims of the project, details of schools where the children are being sent, address and contact numbers and fees. Regular contact between parents and children must be assured, insuring the registration of the agents.
  • The government of Meghalaya has to collect information on the names of all children (from each village) who have been sent to Karnataka with details about where they are studying at the moment and ensure that they are safe and if needed, restored back to parents.
  • Recalling on article 21 A, article 46 of the Indian Constitution and on the right to children to free and compulsory education Act 2009, the government of Meghalaya must set up more formal schools in the state taking particular attention on the 4 specific districts concerned. The schools must provide quality education so that children can continue with their studies in the state and not be forced to move elsewhere to avail of a good education providing to those children the enjoyment of their right to education, enable them to practice their own religion and allow them to speak and be educated in their own language.

SICHREM will forward a similar letter to the Chief Minister of Karnataka.


Public meeting – Tuesday 27 April, 5pm

April 26, 2010

Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns Bangalore (of which SICHREM is a member of) are happy to inform you that many representatives of peoples’ movements from various struggles such as anti- SEZ, anti-mining, anti- water privatization, anti-Posco, Fish workers struggles, Adivasi, struggles are arriving in Bangalore for a political convention tomorrow afternoon.  We felt that this would be a good occasion for the like-minded people of Bangalore to meet and discuss some of the grave issues around all of us.  It is also important to think about how we react to many of these struggles around us.

We, at People’s Solidarity Concerns, therefore invite you to attend a Public Meeting to hear these leaders on the topic “Peoples’ Movements today – Tasks and Challenges ahead”.  Please do come and let us discuss the possibilities and alternatives for the future.

Date: 27th April 2010

Time: 5:00pm

Venue: Bangalore University Senate Hall, (City Campus) Near K R Circle, Bangalore.

Speakers:

* Prashant Paikrey – Spokesperson of Posco Prathirodh Sangram Samithi (PPSS), he is a trade unionist and with the CPI in Orissa.

* Dayamani Barla – Adivasi Mulvasi Astitva Raksha Manch in Jharkhand is spearheading the anti-mining struggles and has successfully stopped ArcelorMital from mining. Adivasi journalist and voice of the peoples struggles.

* Magalene Peter – is a firebrand activist leading the fishworkers struggles in Kerala and heads the KSMTF.

* Chittaranjan Singh- Human Rights activist, a renowned human rights activist of PUCL. based in Uttar Pradesh, he has been active in the people’s movement against Coca Cola Company.

* Guman Singh- Convenor of Himalaya Niti Abhiyan in Himachal Pradesh a coordination of over 40 peoples struggles against dams, hydropower projects, displacement and ecological plunder by the State and corporations.

* Vidya Dinkar -Karavali Karnataka Janaabhivriddhi Vedike (KKJV), a forum of farmers, social activists, individuals and groups; is a firebrand activist in Mangalore mobilising against the MSEZ as well as the fascist Hindutva attacks.


Letter to the Prime Minister

April 24, 2010

70 representatives of non-governmental organizations and people’s movements from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the first Sub-Regional Workshop on “South Asia Human Rights Mechanism”, in Kathmandu, Nepal on 24 – 25 March, 2010 (the First Workshop).  Representatives from Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also participated in this workshop and participants critically discussed the prospects and strategies of advancing human rights promotion and protection through regional cooperation towards the establishment of South Asian human rights mechanisms.

Mathews Philip, Executive Director of SICHREM, has written an open letter to the Indian Prime Minister on behalf of the Indian Delegation represented by SICHREM, CHRI, National Domestic Workers Movement, People’s Watch, PVCHR, SAFHR, RDS, Dalit Foundation, who each attended the First Workshop.

In light of the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit on 28th & 29th April 2010, the Indian Delegation calls upon the governments of South Asia to establish an independent, effective and accountable regional human rights mechanism with an explicit mandates of promoting, protecting and fulfilling human rights, through a process of wide consultation with non-governmental organizations, people movements at national and regional level.

Click here to read the full letter – Ltr to PM reg SAARC Sumit & HR Mechanism_23April2010.


Police brutality continuing…

April 23, 2010

(Image taken from Deccan Chronicle)

SICHREM lodged another complaint with the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission regarding a case of alleged police brutality.

25-year-old J. Naveen and his friend were on their way home on April 11 evening when they were approached by two police constables and forced to pay a bribe of Rs 3,700.  The following day, Naveen returned to the station to speak to the Inspector about the bribery.

The following week, Naveen alleged that he was called to the Jalahalli police station about two of his friends being picked up.  As soon as Naveen entered the station, Naveen was beaten up by the police.