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.[ Read More → ]
Fact-finding report in the Jawahar Nagar death case: an enquiry into the extremely unfortunate death of a young boy and the biased investigation by the local police
Ricky James a boy aged 13 years and studying in 8th class died on 9 November 2014. The individuals the parents hold responsible for Ricky’s death, the local police and the media’s account is that Ricky hung himself to death.Ricky’s parents say they have reason to believe Ricky did not commit suicide as reported. Upon coming to know that the investigation into this case is not being done in an impartial manner, a fact-finding team comprising of 4 members of the Human Rights Forum looked into this matter over the course of 4 days, 5-8 December, and came to the following conclusions.
The Human Rights Forum (HRF) calls upon the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to bring about a comprehensive ‘Drought Relief Code’. This Code should encompass measures that must be implemented towards effective drought relief and mitigation. The duties of the State to the people affected by drought and the rights and entitlements of those who suffer from drought must be codified in this law. Such a code is imperative at the earliest because governments continue to exhibit adhocism and tokenism in the matter of addressing agrarian crisis and even providing relief to the drought-hit.[ Read More → ]
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)
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.[ Read More → ]
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.[ Read More → ]