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 → ]
The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demands that the Government revoke the lease granted to Singam Bhavani for mining of laterite in an extent of 35.84 hectares (86.05 acres) near Asanagiri village of Sarugudu panchayat, Nathavaram mandal in the Agency region of Visakhapatnam district. We urge the District Collector, who is custodian of the Constitutional rights of adivasis, to immediately intervene and cancel the public hearing for the proposed project slated for February 19 at Sundarakota village. Not doing so would amount to a mockery of the environmental clearance regime.[ 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 → ]