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A Statement by the Confederation of Human Rights Organizations, Kerala on the World Human Rights Day, 10, Dec 2006

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has become a universal standard for defending and promoting human rights. Every year on 10 December, Human Rights Day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration.
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This year Human Rights Day focuses on fighting poverty as a matter of obligation, not of charity. Poverty is a cause and a product of human rights violations. It is this double edge that makes poverty probably the gravest human rights challenge in the world. India accounts for 40 per cent of the world's poor and its fiscal deficit is one of the highest in the world. Almost half of Indian women are still illiterate; about 40 million primary school-age children are not in school.

GROW Vasu to receive Mukundan C Menon Award PDF Print E-mail
A. Vasu is better known as Grow Vasu, which is symbolized with his independant trade unionOne of the best known human rights activist in Kerala, Mr. A. Vasu (GROW) will receive the first Mukundan C Menon Human Rights Award, said CHRO officials in a press briefing.


The award was instituted to remember Late Mukundan C Menon and support initiatives for human rights activities in the state, in line with CHRO’s broader objectives. Criteria for the selection of the award is based on recipient's efforts on  resistance against imperialism, fascism and state sponsored terrorism, protection and respect for human rights issues of oppressed people like Adivasi (Tribals), Dalis and minorities, women and children and sustainable ecology.
Campaign for inquiry in to the Custodial Death of Varkala Vijayan PDF Print E-mail
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by J. Reghu and Saratchandran
December 02, 2006

Noam Chomsky and Arundhati Roy
Chomsky and Arundhati Roy
The period end-June 1975 to mid-March 1977 marks a critical period in India's democratic polity. The ‘state of internal emergency’ declared by the Government of India did away with individual and collective rights of freedom of expression as guaranteed under the Constitution. Those twenty months saw the gagging of free press, forced family planning among minority communities, ban on several political organisations, raid on party offices, setting up of torture camps, unrecorded arrests, increased number of custodial deaths, fake encounters, and ‘missing’. One among the many who were brutally tortured and killed in custody was 24-year-old Varkala Vijayan, political activist and theatre person of Kerala. Very little, however, was known about his death then. His body was never recovered. Given the adverse conditions, the press failed to report the incident. Unlike in certain others, in the case of Vijayan, no substantive inquiry has been conducted even to this date.
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