SICHREM and St. Joseph’s Evening College, are offering a one year ‘Diploma in Human Right Studies’.

August 31, 2013

 Greetings from SICHREM and St Joseph’s Evening College!

 SICHREM – South India Cell For Human Rights Education And Monitoring, In Association With  The Department Of Political Science, St Joseph’s Evening College Is Offering, A ONE YEAR ‘DIPLOMA  IN HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES’ 

 AIMS

* To expose students to human rights concepts and values, to draw parallels and relate the same to real life situations.

* To build understanding of the spirit of inquiry and tolerance based on democratic principles and the rule of law.

* Conduct field trips and exposure visits to affected people and communities.

* To provide a platform for students to express and associate with individuals and organizations working on various issued and concerns.

COURSE DURATION: One year-Leading to a Diploma in Human Rights Studies

 TIMINGS: Two Hours on Saturdays (3p.m to 5p.m)

 VENUE: St. Joseph’s Evening College Campus

 ELIGIBILITY: A Pass in PUC (open to students, teachers,working professionals,staff of ngo’s,staff of government, members of movements, retired personnel, non working,members of congregations and all others interested.

 COURSE COMMENCES IN SEPTEMBER 2013


Response to SICHREM’s Complaint

August 30, 2013

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Response 1.

Letter received (Ref No: CM/42218/REP- GEN/2013 dated 29-07-2013) from the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office forwarding the representation filed by R. Manohar, Head of Programs, SICHREM for further action to the Principal Secretary, Dept. of Law, Bangalore.

The representation filed is in reference to SICHREM’s demands pertaining to 26th June the UN Day Support of the victims of Torture.

Link: https://sichrem.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/press-release-3/

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Response 2.

Letter received (Ref No: MMAKSS/AK/250/2013 dated 05-08-2013) from the Minister of Women and Child Development, Differently abled and senior citizens empowerment, Kannada and culture forwarding the representation filed by R. Manohar, Head of Programs, SICHREM for further action to the Principal Secretary, Dept. of Women and Child Welfare, Bangalore.

The representation filed is in reference to SICHREM’s complaint regarding the death of Meghala 6 year old due to malnutrition in DJ Halli, Bangalore.

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Response 3.

Letter received (Ref No: CM/45392/REP- GEN/2013 dated 12-08-2013) from the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office forwarding the representation filed by R. Manohar, Head of Programs, SICHREM for further action to the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Dept.,  Bangalore.

The representation filed is in reference to SICHREM’s complaint regarding the death of Meghala 6 year old due to malnutrition in DJ Halli, Bangalore.


Consultation on the performance of KSHRC and Book Release.

August 27, 2013

Consultation on the performance of KSHRC and Release of the book “Rugged Road to Justice: A Social Audit of Human Rights Commissions in India” by HRLN – Human Rights Law Network and SICHREM – South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring on 24th August 2013.

Displayed below are some photos taken at the event.

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{L to R – Ms. Shakun(Vimochana), Dr. Ramadas Rao(PUCL), Mr. Mathew Jacob(HRLN), Mr. Harsh Dobhal (HRLN).}

ModifiedMr.Mathews Philip, Executive Director – SICHREM addressing the gathering.

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{L to R – Adv. Narasimha Murthy, Mr. Mathews Philip(SICHREM), Mr. Mani Shankar (Youth for Human Rights – Karnataka) , Mr. Siddalinga Gowda (World Human Rights Seva Kendra – Tumkur), Mr. Mallikarjun Raju (Youth for Human Rights – Karnataka), Ms. Feba Peter(SICHREM), Mr. R. Manohar (SICHREM).}

Also present at the Consultation were Ms Swagata Raha (Center for Child and Law) and Ms. Elizabeth Thomas (SICHREM).


Giving them their due – Facilitation centre for domestic workers inaugurated.

August 26, 2013

 

Want to make sure that your domestic help gets the benefits she or he is entitled to from the government and is aware of her rights from her employer?

The job has now been made simpler as the Stree Jagruti Samiti inaugurated a worker facilitation centre for domestic workers on Friday, which would maintain a database of the workers. After registering the workers, the centre would help the workers avail themselves of benefits from the government.

Speaking about the need for the centre, Geeta Menon, secretary of Stree Jagruti Samiti, said domestic workers had always been an invisible silent majority and there was a need for them to get recognition. “There is a need to identify them as workers and give them their identity. Maintaining a database will help us give them information on government schemes and benefits that they are entitled to.”

At the inauguration of the centre, the domestic workers were also given a booklet consisting of the number of various helplines, including those of police stations, Labour Department, Childline, Ambulance and Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

Mathew Philip, executive director of South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), urged the workers not to hesitate to call the helplines for assistance.

Anushree, a domestic worker from Jakkasandra, said, “In times of emergency or need our employers turn a blind eye towards us. Although I have been working in three houses for 18 years, my employers refused to help me when I had a medical crisis. We hope that we can get some assistance from the helpline.”

Domestic workers could also approach the centre for assistance if they have any problems related to discrepancies in salary, false robbery cases and physical or domestic abuse.

The centre is located at 2643, 36 A cross, 28th Main Road, Jayanagar, 9th Block, Bangalore- 560069. For details, contact 080 – 22734956.

 

Source: The Hindu, Bangalore, 24th August 2013.


MCC – Human Rights Course Inaugural – 17th August 2013 – Photos

August 21, 2013

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Executive Director, SICHREM – Mr. Mathews Philip lighting the lamp at the program. (L to R: Chief Guest: Sri.C.G.Hungund (Retired Judge) and Member of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC), Mount Carmel College(MCC) – Principal: Sr. Juanita, ED, SICHREM – Mr. Mathews Philip, Vice Principal, MCC – Sr. Arpana)

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The Guests on the dais.

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Mathews Philip sharing a laugh with the animated audience.


Invitation to attend consultation on 24th August 2013.

August 19, 2013

Human Rights Law Network – HRLN, New Delhi.

South India Cell for Human Rights Education  and Monitoring  – SICHREM, Bangalore.

Dear Friend,

 Sub: Invitation to attend consultation on 24th August 2013.

               As you know, Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) and South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), in collaboration with a number of other civil society organizations, had conducted an initial consultation of the need to discuss and assess the functioning of the state human rights commission in Karnataka. A broader consensus had emerged in this meeting about holding a public hearing on the need to engage with SHRC. The Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT) organized on 7th May 2011, was a direct outcome of this meet and follow up actions by all groups. The IPT saw a number of victims deposing before an eminent jury, backed by expert testimonies by individuals working on rights issues.

Simultaneously, a team of researchers was analyzing the cases, orders and other aspects related to the functioning of the commission, while human rights lawyers filed and followed up with new cases with the commission.

The net outcome is a comprehensive document, published as Rugged Road to Justice: A Social Audit of Human Rights Commissions in India.  This publication covers functioning of the SHRCs in six states, Karnataka being one of them. The report is a comprehensive document looking incisively at the trends of violations, narratives by victims, handling of cases by the KSHRC, providing an analysis of cases, orders, composition of SHRC etc., followed by the observations  and recommendations by the jury.

It was agreed upon by the organizers of the IPT that once the report is out, it needs to be discussed in detail, the jury recommendations need to be used for advocacy and campaign and lobby with policy makers and bureaucrats in order to make the SHRC more functional and more accountable towards justice delivery.

Hence, HRLN and SICHREM are organizing a consultation on this issue in Bengaluru on August 24, 2012 between 10.30 AM – 3.00 PM and the venue is Hotel Paraag, Behind Hotel Capitol, Raj Bhavan Road, Bangalore 560001.

This will be a small group consultation and this invitation is a personal one meant for you only. We earnestly request you to participate in the consultation. Kindly return a word of confirmation.

With Warm Regards,

Harsh Dobhal – HRLN

Mathews Philip – SICHREM


Protest against proposed Amendment to RTI Act to exempt political parties from its purview.

August 16, 2013

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