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).

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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.


Seminar on Status and Rights of Minorities

August 13, 2013

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Childline Awareness Program

August 2, 2013

Childline organized an outreach programme for creating awareness about the Child Labour Act & Child Helpline – 1098 on the 29th of July 2013 in Bangarapet Taluk.

 

Displayed below are some photos of the same program:

 

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Childline – Kolar

July 31, 2013

The Childline – Kolar organized an open house, outreach and Child Rights Awareness Programme on the 29th of July 2013. The programme was held in Malur.

Some of the photos taken at the programme are displayed below:

 

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Press Release

July 31, 2013

SICHREM condemns the move by the Central Government to launch The Central Monitoring System and demands its withdrawal

 

The South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) strongly condemns, the New Central Monitoring System (CMS), a see–all surveillance programme launched by the Central Government. It is a blatant attack on the right to life which is enshrined as a fundamental right in the Constitution and right to privacy is an integral part of right to life.

The right to privacy is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the United Nations adopted in the year 1948 10 December and to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which India is a state party in the year 1975. Article 17 of the ICCPR provides that, “(1) no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home, or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation; (2) everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

The term “correspondence” has been broadly recognized to cover all forms of communication, including via the Internet. The right to private correspondence thus gives rise to a comprehensive obligation on the part of the government to ensure that text messages, emails, and other forms of electronic communication are actually delivered to the desired recipient without arbitrary or unlawful interference or inspection by the government or by third parties.

The proposed manner of “snooping” by the Central Government is a direct attack on the constitutional rights of the citizens. In order to uphold its democratic principles and to prevent the formation of an authoritarian image, India needs to be transparent about who will be authorised to collect data, what data will be collected, how it will be used and such details.

The new proposed CMS system will be a violation of article 19(1) of the constitution which guarantees the freedom of speech and expression. There is also a threat that in the name of “society welfare”, this new system might actually be misused by public authorities.

While SICHREM firmly condemns any sort of violence by non-state actors as well as state actors, but in the name of curbing and preventing attacks and violence there are other measures that the government needs to take and SICHREM acknowledges the constitutional duty and responsibility cast on the Governments to protect the life of all people it equally stresses that whatever be the situation, the state must act within the confines of constitution.

SICHREM asserts that any counter strategies devised by the Government should adhere strictly to the rule of law, constitution and specific standards and obligations of international human rights law. 

SICHREM demands from the government that they need to keep all the above constitutional, fundamental human rights and principles of international law in mind while laws are being brought, which if not followed will be a blatant violation of all basic democratic principles.

The CMS is created without the parliament’s approval too, SICHREM demands that the government convene a full public debate about the intended use of the system before proceeding.

SICHREM joins in appeal with all other democratic and rights loving citizens for the immediate withdrawal of The Central Monitoring System.

 

Mathews Philip

Executive Director