Media report- KSHRC ORDER- On Custodial death-dated 27/06/2019.

June 27, 2019

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MEDIA REPORT IN The Hindu dated 27-06-2019, page 5. The same article also published in Deccan Herald pg 3A and Deccan Chronicle pg. 3. Dear Friends, Karnataka State Commission has ordered CID investigation into the death (alleged torture by Jail wardens) of Syed Fairoz (21) who was an under trial prisoner in Parappanna Agrahara Central Jail, Bangalore. Commission also ordered a compensation of Ten Lakhs to the victim’s family. Commission has also ordered strict action against the errant officials. Syed Fairoz S/o Syed Munna who was a resident of DJ halli in Bangalore and was an under trial prisoner died at Victoria hospital on 23- January, 2019. The postmortem report said the death is due to septicemia consequent upon injuries sustained on his body. South Indian Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) is one of the complainants to Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) in this case.

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Training On Human Rights Education, by Margaret Sampath

October 29, 2018

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Training On Human Rights Education for Davangere Government school teachers by Margaret Sampath.


26th June UN international Day in support of victims of Torture

October 29, 2018

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26th June UN international Day in support of victims of Torture-Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“CAT”)

26th June marks the UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture. It provides us with an opportunity to honour the victims and survivors of torture, and for us all, survivors of torture and their allies, to stand in solidarity. The Convention against Torture (CAT) adopted in 1984, came into effect on June 26th,1987,

Despite its prohibition, torture continues: both physical and psychological and is prevalent in over half the world’s countries. Instances of torture are not confined to police custody and interrogation situations. In a variety of other settings, particularly in the private sphere, the emotional and physical ordeal endured by women, harassed for dowry, subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination; young children forced into labor, subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse; the suffering of marginalized groups, the severe inhumane forms of atrocities on Dalits are some instances. This is a disgrace in the twenty-first century.

The aim of torture is to exert power, to punish, create fear, to destroy trust, to break down the victim’s personality and resilience. It is first and foremost a means of instilling fear in society at large. Torture is not only destructive at the individual and family level, but also a crucial obstacle to economic and social development.

The effects of torture continue long after the actual act. And rehabilitation is crucial – for the individual, their family and society. The purpose of rehabilitation is to empower the survivor to resume as full a life as possible. Rebuilding the life of someone whose dignity has been destroyed takes time and as a result long-term material, medical, psychological and social support is needed. It is important to stress that rehabilitation is possible. And it works. Rehabilitation is also a right.

As of 22nd June 2012, there are 150 State Parties, who have ratified CAT and 74 states are yet to ratify CAT – the Government of India has still not ratified (signed in October 1997).


Fundraiser for our Human Rights Helpline in Bangalore

October 29, 2018

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Join us as a runner or sponsor.

At the upcoming TCS World 10k in Bangalore, SICHREM is running to enable the Good Samaritans of Bangalore, who are reporting against Human Rights violations.

SICHREM has been running a Helpline and Help Network in Bangalore for a few years.

  • It helps detect violations of human rights in our city, such as domestic abuse of women, denial of education to students, and torture of victims.
  • Atleast one case a day is actually solved with legal intervention and individual support.
  • Most of these cases are reported through anonymous callers, who are certainly the Good Samaritans of Bangalore.

To keep this Helpline going strong, we’re raising funds to meet running costs:

  1. Phone calls – SICHREM returns all calls, and spends 30-60 min with each caller to establish the violation and to get the right address.
  2. Legal support – The helpline is manned by a senior advocate to take calls from Monday to Friday. Court expenses are also funded, since victims are not in a position to do this.
  3. Administration expenses such as documentation resource, travel and conveyance, etc.

Join us as a Runner.

  1. First register yourself online as a runner, by 26 April. Then contact us with your registration details so that we can officially tag you as a SICHREM runner.
  2. Make a donation of Rs. 500 and above via a cheque. Kindly draw your cheque in favour of MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action, which is the legal holder of SICHREM. For any other mode of donation, please email us at contact@sichrem.org. Deadline: 18 May.
  3. We’ll be responsible for collecting your registration kit.

If you’re not running, you can sponsor our runners with a donation.

  1. Make a donation of Rs. 1000 and above via a cheque. Kindly draw your cheque in favour of MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action, which is the legal holder of SICHREM. For any other mode of donation, please email us at contact@sichrem.org.Deadline: 18 May.

Did you know? Other than the Human Rights Helpline, we also help run the 1098 Childline for the district of Kolar.


South Asia Member’s Metting -Kathmandu, 5 November, 2015

October 29, 2018

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The first ever South Asia members meeting of FORUM-ASIA concluded on November 5th, 2015 in Kathmandu with a meeting of all the members .


SICHREM MOVED THE HIGH COURT, SEEKING ADEQUATE FACILITIES

October 12, 2018

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SICHREM MOVED THE HIGH COURT, SEEKING ADEQUATE FACILITIES FOR KSHRC TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY. SICHREM IS NOW PLANNING TO FILE A CONTEMPT PETITION.


SICHREM welcomes the step towards abolishing death penalty

October 12, 2018

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SICHREM welcomes the step towards abolishing death penalty: Supreme Court has commuted Death sentence to life imprisonment for Bilavendran, Simon, Gananaprakash and Veerappan.