Inauguration of SICHREM’s Kodagu HR district centre

April 20, 2010

On Sunday 18 April, SICHREM held the inauguration ceremony of its fifth district human rights centre in Somwarpet, Kodagu.  The guest of honour was District Judge (Kodagu District) Sri Ashok Nijagannawar.

The Coorg district human rights centre will conduct fact findings into human rights atrocities, run a daily legal helpline where individuals can call and speak to an advocate and carry out human rights education programmes.  Each month, the Coorg centre will hold a press release where they will inform the public about the helpline and upcoming programmes/events.

The Coorg centre shall be run by the Coorg District HR Coordinator, S.R. Vasantha.  The advocate working at the Coorg Centre is Advocate Vittala.

Below are the contact details for the Coorg district human rights centre:

  • 9448585586 (Vasantha)
  • Krupal Complex, #2, Anjaney Temple Road, Somwarpet, 571236.

(From left to right): Sri Nagesh Mogera (Senior Civil Judge), Mr Siddaraju (State Secretary of NCDHR), Sri Ashok Nijagannawar (District Judge (Kodagu District)), Mr Mathews Philips (SICHREM), and Sri Sunil Kumar (President of Press Club).

Advocate Vittala with District Judge (Kodagu District) Sri Ashok Nijagannawar.

Coorg Coordinator, Vasantha.

The inauguration ceremony was well attended by interested locals and local human rights activists.

Mr Mathews Philip, Executive Director of SICHREM.


SICHREM’s District Human Rights Centres

March 10, 2010

One of SICHREM’s longest running programmes is its District Human Rights Centres (DHRC). First established in 2000, with the support of KZE-Misereor, this programme is a significant achievement of SICHREM.  SICHREM operates a Human Rights Centre in the following five districts of Karnataka – Hassam, Mysore, Kolar, Kodagu and Haveri (the last two districts were added this year).  These DHRCs have facilitated better access to people in the rural areas and as a result of the DHRCs, SICHREM has been able to expose and intervene in many cases of human rights violations.

In each of the five districts, there is a full-time coordinator and part-time advocate.  The coordinator undertakes fact findings and human rights trainings for students, teachers and advocates, while the advocate runs the daily human rights helpline (Monday – Friday, 2 hours each day) and carries out legal interventions.

Each coordinator works closely with Nirmal Das, the District Programme Coordinator and Manohar R, Head of Programmes, in Bangalore.

Nirmal Das, District Human Rights Centre Coordinator.

Manohar R, Head of Programmes, in Bangalore.

The SICHREM team, including each of the five district coordinators and advocates at a recent Human Rights Refresher Course in Bangalore.