Human Rights Forum (HRF) was formed in October 1998 with a strong understanding that violation or denial of rights arises in all situations of structured oppression and inequality and the democratic aspirations arising from all such situations, and resistance to such oppression, whether organized or not, whether collective or isolated, are equally important for the Rights movement: theoretically, practically and organizationally.

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Balagopal 5th commemorative meet on OCT 8th

remembering balagopal

Dear friends,
This October 8, it will be 5 five years since Balagopal left us.
The Human Rights Forum is organising a commemorative meet on October 5 (Sunday) from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm at the Sundarayya Vignan Kendram Main Hall, Hyderabad. We invite you to join us in remembering Balagopal on the occasion.
There will be talks on three seminal topics:
GS Nageswararao, who was assistant public prosecutor in the Tsundur Special Court, will critique the recent High Court judgment acquitting all the accused in the massacre of Dalits.
Achin Vanaik, writer, activist and member of the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, will speak on the continuing tragedy of Palestine.
Supreme Court lawyer and human rights activist Vrinda Grover will reflect upon issues of State impunity and ongoing and past struggles for justice.
We shall be releasing five publications on the day:
1. Tsundur—Oka Maaranakanda Tharvatha (HRF publication in Telugu).
2. Tsundur—An Atrocity and its Aftermath (HRF publication in English).
3. Nigah II (2003-2009)–Compilation of Balagopal’s articles from Prajatantra (Devulapalli Publications).
4. Rajya Amanusham—Mulyam Chellisthunna Adivasulu (HRF publication).
5. Palestina Prajaporatam—Balagopal on Palestine (HRF publication).
The meet will be followed by lunch.
We hope to see you on the 5th.

Maanava Hakkula Vedika
Human Rights Forum (HRF)

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HRF condemns foiling of FAP meet by police, continued ban on tv channels in Telangana

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) condemns the disallowing by the Telangana government of a seminar, rally and public meeting by the Forum For Alternative Politics in Hyderabad on Sunday. The reported preventive detention of over 200 persons by the police since the night before so as to foil the meeting is highly deplorable. Only a regime that is disrespectful of democratic norms would forbid free expression, the fundamental right to assembly and allow the police to resort to such actions.

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HRF against AP Cabinet decision to locate the Capital city in the Vijayawada-Guntur region.

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) finds unacceptable the decision of the AP Cabinet to locate the Capital city in the Vijayawada-Guntur region. We concur with the recommendation of the Sivaramakrishnan Committee that locating the capital in this area would entail loss of very precious agricultural land that would impact negatively upon food security and the environment and would also displace farmers and agricultural labourers in large numbers. Discarding this recommendation would amount to a historic blunder.

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HRF demands that the government immediately drop the proposal to construct a major port near Dugarajapatnam in Vakadu mandal of Nellore district

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demands that the government immediately drop the proposal to construct a major port near Dugarajapatnam in Vakadu mandal of Nellore district. If the government does go ahead and sets up this port, it will seriously endanger the country’s second largest brackish lagoon, the Pulicat Lake.
A 10-member HRF team visited several villages in and around the Pulicat Lake on Wednesday (March 12). It was clear to us that a large portion of the land being sought to be acquired for the proposed port (5,028 acres in the first phase) is actually located within the northern boundary of the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary and its Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ).

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