Press Release on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, June 12, 2020

June 11, 2020

CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD LABOUR – CACL

Central Secretariat, C/o SICHREM, No.35, Anjanappa Complex, Lingarajapuram, Bangalore – 560084; Phone : 9845001338

The Campaign Against Child Labour calls upon the Central and State Governments not to adopt any measures due to Covid -19 crisis, that will backtrack the country from its commitment in the ‘sustainable development goals’ to eradicate Child Labour totally by the year 2025.

The statistics of the volume of child labour in India is still a matter of dispute as different agencies report different figures, varying between 44 million and 115 million. However there has been a claim that there was a reduction in the volume between the Census in 2001 and 2011. If this is true, certainly that provides a relief and gives further hope that there will be further reduction during 2011 to 2021. But the fear is that the Covid – 19 induced lock down is causing increase in the number of children getting into labour. There are already reports from the field that confirms this fear. It should be noted that mechanisms like Child Line, Child Rights Committees and Child Rights Commissions report that there is an increase in the calls for help.

In this context the Campaign urges the Governments to retract from the efforts to dilute the Labour laws because that can put the families of workers into greater insecurities and further impoverishment. This will push more children into the labour market. CACL upholds the need for providing incentives to Employers and Investors to rebuild the economy. But allowing cheap labour and child labour is a counter productive measure.

CACL is anguished by the proposal from certain quarters to grant amnesty to Employers of child labour as it is giving a wrong message and will encourage the Employers to take things for granted.

The tragic incident of a poor tribal girl studying in the 10th std committing suicide when the Kerala Govt. Introduced online education, should be an eye opener. The poor family did not have access to a smart phone and the old TV set in the house was under repair. It is a reality that a large number of children in India have no access to any digital media and those children will stop education. Any child out of school is a ‘potential laborer’. Therefore online education cannot be a substitution for a long time for schooling.

It should not be forgotten that a large number of children are also migrant laborers. Most often, the whole family with children migrate in search of work. The tragic death of Jameela Magdum, the 12 year old girl child migrant laborer during her long walk to her native place is a reminder for giving special focus on preventing children from migration. Providing employment for the migrant laborers with the guarantee of minimum wage in their own native place is an urgent necessity.

It maybe a fact that extraordinary situations demand extraordinary actions, but extraordinary actions shall not be at the cost of human rights especially of children.

 

Mathews Philip                                                          Ashok Jha

National Convener – CACL                              Convener – Advocacy Unit

 

Campaign Against Child Labour is a nationwide coalition of NGOs, Civil Society Organisations and individuals for eradication of child labour. This Press note is issued in the context of World Day Against Child labour on 12th June 2020.


Appointment of the New Executive Director

June 1, 2020

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Congratulations to Ms. Margaret Sampath who has taken over as the New Executive Director of SICHREM from today- 1st June 2020. The SICHREM team wishes her all the very best for her position at SICHREM. We take this opportunity to appreciate her great job and all the hard work that led to her promotion. We know you will do great things in this position, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you.

We wish you to bring more positive changes in the lives of the people. Best of luck as you advance in your career.


Mr.Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM, Bangalore has been elected as the National convener of ‘Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL)’.

September 5, 2019

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Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL)
Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM, Bangalore has been elected as the National convener of ‘Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL)’. Launched in 1992,  CACL is the largest network of child rights organisations & individuals, having its chapters in 15 states. The Campaign has more than 3000 members. It’s main objective is total eradication of child labour upto the age of 18 years. CACL believes that making free & compulsory education for children is the most effective strategy to prevent children from getting into labour. Apart from education, lobbying for appropriate legislative measures, taking actions on violations of child rights, documenting & facilitating development of alternative education system, raising general awareness on the issues & taking up advocacy with UN & other international mechanisms are the other strategies used by the campaign towards its objective of making India a Child Labour free country.

Sichrem Team addressing the Media on Torture.

June 26, 2019

The team from SICHREM, addressed the media on the 25th June, 2019 in solidarity with the victims of Torture. As 26th of June every year is observed as the “International Day in support of victims of Torture”

25th, June, 2019

PRESS STATEMENT

June 26th– World Day in support of Torture Victims

SICHREM calls upon the Govt. of India to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT)*.

Though India signed this convention on 14th October 1997, it is regretted to note that we have not ratified it till date. We also urge our Parliamentarians to pass the long pending Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017. Though the Law Commission of India in its 273rdReport recommended ratification, the same is not complied with by the Indian Govt.

Though torture has no sanction in the Indian Constitution and Statutes the Indian Police Stations and other custodial Institutions in India turn out to be ‘Torture Chambers’ often. Being in the Police custody is a nightmare for people, especially for those who are poor and not influential politically or economically. Torture is extensively used on political opponents and prisoners of conscience who are in custody. Absence of a specific and stringent law against Torture makes those in uniform impugn to punishment for the crime of torture.

Apart from torture in custodial centres, Sichrem defines Domestic violence and Corporal punishment on children also as Torture. We are in solidarity with those NGOs who intervene in such cases and fighting for justice to those victims.

We call upon the National Human Rights Commission of India to appraise the Govt. Of India, the need to ratify CAT and to pass the Prevention of Torture Bill.

*’The UN Convention Against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or Punishment’, was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10th Dec 1984. This treaty came into force on 26th June 1987. Hence this day is observed as ‘International Day in support of victims of Torture’. India signed this Convention on 14th Oct, 1997 but not ratified yet.

Yours Sincerely

Mathews Philip Margaret Sampath

Executive Director Deputy Director – HRE

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Encl.

  1. Text of CAT
  2. The Prevention of Torture Bill 2017

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Media report dated 26th June 2019 on UdayaVani.


Media Invite for the Coverage on 19th June 2019.

June 13, 2019

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June 13 th , 2019

The Chief Reporter,

Press Club,

Bangalore.

Dear Sir / Madam,

Sub: Invitation for Media coverage on June 19 th , 2019.

We would like to invite the media representatives for a press meeting for a media coverage on the topic “Shoot out” on Wednesday , June 19 th , 2019 .

We hereby confirm our booking on the scheduled date for the 12:00 pm slot.

Date: Wednesday, June 19 th , 2019

Time: 12:00 PM slot.

In this context, we request you to depute your photographer and a reporter to cover the event.

Thanking you,

Yours Truly,

Mathews Philip

Executive Director

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C/O SOUTH INDIA CELL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION AND MONITORING

# 35, Anjanappa Complex, Hennur Main Road, Lingarajapuram, St.Thomas Town Post, Bangalore – 560 084. Ph: 080-25473922 Fax:25492856,

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Meera Saksena’s appointment as KSHRC Chairperson.

October 29, 2018

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Retired IAS Meera Saksena’s appointment opposed as Karnataka State Human Rights Acting Chairperson(KSHRC) By Several Human Rights Organizations.


” Finally Grave Diggers will get their Identity”.

October 29, 2018

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SICHREM Helpline

October 29, 2018

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SICHREM Protest against the High Court Order on Pascal Mazurier

October 29, 2018

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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).