Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lucknow Declaration

Lucknow Declaration


Regional Convention


26th June, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


Ravindralaya, Lucknow, India


We, the Regional Convention at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in India, desiring that State embodies the aspirations of the People, aver the need for greater efforts for promoting the sovereignty of the People through democratic values and structures based on nonviolence and justice.

We uphold social democracy and economic equity through sustainable development.

We advocate optimum and equitable utilization of resources for the benefit of the people, providing them adequate forum to influence and participate in decisions on natural resource use and management.

We reaffirm the inalienable right of the People of India to basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, health, education, social security and productive work as dignity of labour.


We cherish and uphold the Rule of Law, sovereignty of the people, a system of governance that ensures devolution of power, People's right to self rule and control over natural resources.

We advocate full independence of the judiciary, adhering to internationally recognized values and principles. People beneficial lawmaking process has to be participatory, representative and fully transparent.

We believe that People have sovereign rights to take decisions on matters concerning their lives, and urge periodic review of all international commitments and national laws to enable people to exercise sovereignty.

We maintain that governance improvements have to begin and end with the People and that their empowerment can result only when power is devolved through effective structural changes in character of Shraman Culture[i] based on justice, nonviolence and rule of law.

We also maintain that existing social, economic and political imbalances hinder nation-building and that the legislature, executive and the judiciary must be fully accountable to the People.

We uphold the information right to people through participation in decision-making and governance.

To organize a force in against and oppose the attempt of the Saffron brigade to saffronise the rainbow culture of the country. We strongly support the pluralism of our Nation and are determined not to allow anyone to destroy the pluralistic atmosphere of the country.

Fight State and non-state actors' suppression on the right to expression with democratic mindset to put them right.

Equal, Secular, Free Compulsory elementary education is the responsibility of the government and the gimmicks with education should be stopped.

Struggle to enact the anti- torture legislation and to ratify the UN convention against torture by India.


We affirm that discrimination based on gender, caste, creed, religion, ethnicity and disability is a major obstacle to meaningful participation of People in political, economic and social field.

We call for patriarchy-free secular India, and support the individual's right to self-determination and development and uphold their duty to national integration.

Demand laws and their enforcement in regard to bonded labour,child labor , sexual harassment, discrimination based on caste & gender and attack on minority.

We resolve for an immediate and effective end to untouchability, the worst form of discrimination and demand interventions as follows to take in politics:

·         Programs for the uplift of the Dalits and mechanisms to empower them for defend their rights.

·         Reservations(affirmative action), in public as well as the private sector, to ensure participation of all at all levels starting from primary schooling and across all spheres of life.

·         Reservations to enable at least 33% representation of women in all spheres of private and public life.

·         Discrimination to be considered a real life problem.
Review of existing laws and modifications to incorporate the implementation of international instruments.

·         To implement the recommendation of report of Sachchar' Committee[ii] and Justice Rangnath Mishra[iii] on Muslim minority. 

Food sovereignty

We believe the right to food is a fundamental right and must be assured through guarantees to equality in work, justice, uniform minimum wages and land reform.

We advocate that all aid and trade agreements and legal instruments be subject to public scrutiny to ensure their transparency and accountability.

Demand National law for landless agricultural laborers and domestic workers as skill workers.

Ensure purchase of weavers and farmers produce while the 'Public distribution System' prices should be brought at half of present process.

Provide homes to the homeless and provide shelter to the homeless in urban areas.


Organizing Organization: Dynamic Action Group (DAG), Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), Voice of People (VOP), National Alliance on Testimonial Therapy (NATT), Right to food & work, Uttar Pradesh, Detention Watch



Co-operative organization: Sathi, Tarun Chetana. Gramya, Roji Roti Sangathan, Dalit Mahasangh. Disha Sanstha, Jagriti Seva Sansthan. Bundelkhand Seva Parishad, PUCL, Dr. Ambedkar Social Welfare Society, Sanchetana, Sikhar Prashikshan Sansthan, Dwaba Vikas Sansthan, Human Right Law Network, , C.E.R.T, Jan Adhikar Manch, Jan Sikhan Kendra, Gramya Swaraj Samiti, Kanhar Bachao Andolan, Mushar Vikas Manch. Gramin Yuwa evam Bal Vikas Parishad, Pani, INSAF- Uttar Pradesh, Swaraj Uthan Samiti, Institute of Social Development Trust, Sangram, Bahujan Kalyan Parishad, Astitwa, Roja, Manav VIkas Parishad, Aman – Uttar Pradesh, Sonbhadra Vikas Samiti, O.M India, Parmarth, Pahuch Vikas manch, Apada Niwaran Manch. Savitir Bai Phule Women's Forum, Rojgar Haq Abhiyan, Prerana Kala Manch, Anyay Ke Khilaf Morcha,Wada Foundation,UP Gramin Evam Khetihar Mazdoor Union,UP Sahari Garib Kamgar Sangharsh Morcha,Vigyan Foundation,Shahari Garib Morcha,Mahila federation,Dehat,Asian Bridge-India,Adiwasi Mahila Vikas samiti.


Lucknow Declaration in Hindi

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Petition on suicide death of farmers in Bundelkhand of UP

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: PVCHR ED <>
Date: 2011/6/15
Subject: Peition on sucuide death of farmers in Bundelkhand of UP

14 जून, 2011
सेवा में,
       माननीय मुख्य न्यायाधीश,
       हाई कोर्ट, उत्तर प्रदेश,

विषय: उ0 प्र0 के बुंदेलखण्ड क्षेत्र में 5 महीने के अंदर 519 किसानों की आत्महत्या के सम्बन्ध में।

       Times of India ने उ0प्र0 संस्करण ने अपने प्रथम पृष्ठ पर एवं अमर उजाला ने अपने सम्पादकीय में उत्तर प्रदेश के बुंदेलखण्ड क्षेत्र स्थित 7 जिलों में 5 माह में 519 किसानों की आत्महत्या की बात प्रकाशित की है।
       अतः अविलम्ब निम्नवत् कदम उठाये जाय :-
1-   फौरी राहत की योजनाओं को लागू किया जाय।
2-   योजनाओं का व्यापक प्रचार-प्रसार किया जाय।
3-   बुंदेलखण्ड के जाति आधारित सांमन्ती उत्पीड़न को कम करने के उपाय किया जाय।
4-   स्पेशल ट्रिब्यूनल जमीनों के विवाद को अविलम्ब निपटाने के लिए किया जाय।
5-   सीमान्त व लघु किसानों को समस्याओं के लिए जन सुनवाई को आयोजन प्रखण्ड स्तर पर करके उनकी समस्याओं को अविलम्ब निपटाया जाय।
6-   बैंक से कर्ज की लिस्ट लेकर किसानों का कर्ज माफ किया जाय।
7-   साहूकारों पर कड़ी कार्यवाही की जाय।


          (श्रुति)                                               (डा0 लेनिन)
       मैनेजिंग ट्रस्टी                                           महासचिव

Dr. Lenin
Executive Director/Secretary General -PVCHR/JMN
SA 4/2 A, Daulatpur, Varanasi-221002

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
--The Buddha
"We are what we think. With our thoughts we make our world." - Buddha
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Sucuide death in Bundelkhand

Private pain into political campaign

Hira Lal hold tear in his eyes after hearing his self suffering from the mouth of other in the honor ceremony held on 12th April, 2011 in Primary School Iltifatganj, Tanda Ambedkar Nagar of Uttar Pradesh.

The survivor being hugged after honor ceremony

The program started by the folk song sung by Abdul Hasnath, Mohd. Sadik and Mohd. Aslam focusing on the farmer condition in Tanda. The testimony of the five survivors was read to the public and the survivors were honoured with the testimony and traditional white shawl. The name of the survivors were Mohd. Sabrin. Tabrej Ahmad, Manik Chandra Hasnain, Satish Dubey, Thakur Dai and Hira Lal. Surya Narayen, Dr. Sri Mani Ram Verma, lecturer Adharsya Janya Mahavidyalaya, Dr. Ashok Kumar Driwedi, Psychologist and Saiyad Mohd. Ahmad, Retired Deputy Commissioner Consumer Forum, Mr. Upendra Kumar and local participation of around 150 people who join the struggle against TOV.

The program proceeds giving brief introduction about D. K Basu Guideline, I.P.C & Cr.P.C and followed with the as he raised the issues related to the down trodden and victims of any category candidly.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Driwedi, Psychologist, said “Any kind of violence or torture has direct effects on human hearts and minds. Some do and some cannot tolerate and it becomes a crucial obstacle in their lives. The many types of signs are cropping up such as annoying, crying, feeling uncomfortable in meeting with the people, loss of mind at work and fearful etc. comes in forms. Awareness is required to prevent torture and organized violence”.

Sri Saiyad Mohd. Ahmad, Retired Deputy Commissioner Consumer Forum & senior lawyer, said “In India 2 ½ lakhs people are in jail and still the case is not recorded against them. They are innocent and even jailed. In Indian court 2 crores and 70 lakhs cases are still pending and day to day custodial deaths are happening. Later he emphasized on Right to Information Act, 2005 and act related to the consumers such Upbhokta Kanoon (Consumer Act); Jan hit Kanoon (Public interest law). He appealed to the people until and unless we will not be aware we cannot fight for our rights.”

Surya Narayen Singh, General Secretary of Sc/St welfare society said “Right to Information Act is a good weapon for us. The story of police torture on poor and marginalized are continually exposed to new forms. We should try to save them by giving more and more information about laws and regulations.”

The program ended by giving vote of thanks by Mr. Ansar Ahmad.


Monday, June 13, 2011

ensure the protection of victims and human rights defenders

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: DIG Police ComplaintCell Lucknow <>
Date: 2011/6/13
Subject: Fwd: ensure the protection of victims and human rights defenders
To:, DIG Varanasi <>,, IG Zone Police Varanasi <>,


            D.I.G./S.S.P., Varanasi.

          The complaint Dr. Lenin, Executive Director/Secretary General -PVCHR/JMN, Mobile:+91-9935599333, E-Mail ID:- is being forwarded to your kind attention and response. 


Addl.S.P. (P/G),

D.G.P. Hqrs, U.P.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: PVCHR ED <>
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:37 pm
Subject: ensure the protection of victims and human rights defenders
To: DIG Police ComplaintCell Lucknow <>
Cc:, DIG Varanasi <>,, IG Zone Police Varanasi <>,,,,, Governer <>, NHRC <>,, Hrd-ra OHCHR <>
> Sir,
> Greetings from PVCHR.
> Due to our advocacy in case of rape victim,Incharge of police out post Kathiraw under Phulpur police station in Varanasi started to threaten to our member of Governing Board,Mr. mangala rajbhar from  nearly 1 AM night of 2 June 2011 by mobile.Again in after noon of 2 June 2011 called Mangala then our Managing trustee called Shri Balgovind Mishra,in charge of police out post on his mobile number +91-9415533736  at 19.38.He talked to Shruti in very bad manner and threaten that he is going to file case against Mangala.
> It is ironical that Human Rights Defenders are facing threat and intimidation for establishment of rule of law.
> Please act immediately to ensure the protection of victims and human rights defenders.
> with warm regards,
> Lenin
> Secretary General,
> SA 4/2 A, Daulatpur, Varanasi-221002,India 
> 2011/5/3 DIG Police ComplaintCell Lucknow <>

> To,

>           D.I.G./S.S.P., Varanasi.

>           The complaint Dr. Lenin, Executive Director/Secretary General -PVCHR/JMN, Mobile:+91-9935599333, E-Mail ID:- is being forwarded for enquiry and necessary action. If there is no legal hassle regarding this matter then kindly send brief reply to the complainant under intimation to this HQ regarding action taken with in 07 days. 


> Addl.S.P. (P/G),

> D.G.P. Hqrs, U.P.

> Lucknow.


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: UP Police Computer Cetre Lucknow <>
> Date: Monday, April 25, 2011 10:24 am
> Subject: Fwd:  Petition:सामूहिक बलात्‍कार दीवानजी के लिए प्रेम प्रपंच
> To: DIG Police ComplaintCell Lucknow <>
> Cc: PVCHR ED <>

Voice heard through testimony

PVCHR sent 16 testimonies taken during the TOT workshop on Testimonial Therapy in Manipur with the local co-ordiantion of Wide Angle with support from Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victim (RCT) to Hon'b President of India, Hon'b Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and Chief Secretary, Manipur.

Letter Send to Concerned Authority

Rashini Yengkhom, Under Secretary (Home) sought some information in 11 testimonies and report on 5 survivors of torture and organized violence have been sought from Police department.

Response on the Testimony

Friday, June 3, 2011

Reducing police torture against Muslim: Communal attack on Muslim in Meerut

Reducing police torture against Muslim: Communal attack on Muslim in Meerut

Custodial details case published by our media fellow

Custodial death

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Manual "Giving Voice" for the testimonial therapy

Book Giving Voice 2010

Unheared voice from Bundelkhand

Ten human rights defenders/community workers were trained in the TOT workshop on Testimonial Therapy in Chitrakoot with the local co-ordiantion of NATT member Institute of Social Development Trust in March, 2011. In the second week the survivors of torture and organized violence.

To complete the third phase of testimonial therapy Institute of Social Development Trust organized the honor ceremony on 15th May, 2011. The program started with the brief introduction given by Mr. Upendra Kumar behind organizing honor ceremony after providing psychological support through testimonial therapy to the survivors of TOV. The testimony was read out by the human rights defender and survivors were honoured by the garland and religious shawl known as Pitambari.

Mangal Singh became emotional while being honoured and he appealed to the people present in the hall to support his struggle in Kabrai. Nasrin Begam hold tear in her eyes while being honoured and after looking her testimonies a smile was noticed on her face.

Dr. R.P Singh Reader, Rural Management, in M.G. Chitrakoot Gramin Viswa Vidyalaya said that today's human being forgotten the humanitarian aspects, today we are witnessing whose appearance today, torture and violence.

Dr.Rajesh Kumar Tripathi said there were some rules to run the society but day to day it is degrading and which result in increase of the torture and organized violence in the society. He also added in 1980 in our country victims were identified to provide assistance after the work was started but did not come before the desired result. He appreciated this initiative and said each and every family of bundelkhand is facing human rights abuse. In that condition PVCHR and ISDT is doing commendable job.

Puspendra Bhai, a human rights defender said the human must develop the will power not racist. The day when we will understand relation on that day violence will end. Mr. Rudra Prasad Mishra said two hurts in life are painful i.e. Birth and death, the rest feel sorrow, words and deeds are received by society. If we increase our health and strengthen than no one can harm us.

Dr. Kusum Singh said that today's each individual is the victim of torture in the social and democratic system. May be it is mental and physical torture. She pays kudos to all social workers involved in this respect.

In the honor ceremony Mrs. Amayadevi, Nasrin Begum, Manudevi, Rajkumari, Ashadevi, Mamatadevi, Mr Bhola Prasad Verma, Rajaram Sahu, Ramesh Chandra, Shivlal, Panachakm Das, Babu Singh, Mohan Lal Verma, Mangal Singh, Indrpal and Puspendra Bhai were honored and the program was attended ny other renowned person.

The program end with the vote of thanks given by Mr. Ram Naresh of Institute of Social Development Trust.

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