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Shah Faisal ( Advocate in HRLN)
A law graduate from department of law, university of Kashmir. Faisal finished his LL.B in the year 2014. Prior to law degree Faisal has done B.A English (Hons) from the Amar Singh College, Srinagar in 2011. Faisal’s association with HRLN is not new, he did his internship from HRLN Delhi unit in 2013 when he was law student and subsequently from HRLN Kashmir Unit in the same year. After completing law Faisal started working at HRLN Kashmir unit as full time volunteer. Faisal has been taken over as an Advocate in HRLN Kashmir unit in February 2015. Presently Faisal practices at High court of J&K at Srinagar and District Court Srinagar. During his short stint at HRLN Kashmir unit faisal has put a lot of strenuous efforts to uphold the sanctity of human rights in the valley of Kashmir. Presently he appears in many writ petitions in the High Court like disappearance cases, custodial killings, torture cases and civil justice initiative cases. He has done a couple of fact findings this year pertaining to human right abuses more precisely about fake encounters at the hands of men in uniform.
Aman Deep Singh (Assistant Professor of Law and the Associate Programme Director)
Aman Deep Singh is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Associate Programme Director of the Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Cyber law in Dr.Ram Manhar Lohiya National Law University. He teaches and writes about Cyber Law, Law & Cinema and Environment Law. His current focus is on regulation of Cyberspace in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. Aman Deep Singh is a founding member and secretary of United Minds for Integral Development-Ngo, an organization that works in the area of Human Rights and related matters. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Law and Behavior. In addition, he is a member of Legal Aid Committee and Cyber Committee of the Dr.Ram Manhar Lohiya National Law University.He has attended several national and international seminars, workshops and conferences in India and has also published articles in the national journals on legal and social issues.
Avantee, Justice (Program Associate)
Avantee is a sociologist with a background in Gender Studies. She has previously worked on issues of displacement, land acquisition, mental health laws, sexuality, women and child rights in the capacity of a researcher and trainer. She has also been a translator for New York City Alliance against Sexual Assault on multiple studies on behaviors and experiences of immigrant victims of VAW. She received her B.A. from K.C College, Mumbai where she worked on developing the Certificate Course in Gender Studies introduced in 2014. She is currently working with Nazdeek in the capacity of a Consultant – Justice Program Associate on their Delhi Project.
Dipyaman Adhikary (Graduated in Information Technology)
Dipyaman Adhikary is from Serampore, West Bengal. He graduated in Information Technology from Institute of Engineering and Management and is professionally attached with Banglar Manabadhikar Surakshya Mancha since last 3 years and is also involved with a software company namely MADMACHINE
Biplab, was born in Patna, Bihar. He did his schooling from Muzaffarpur; Bihar. After his masters in Sociology he got involved with left- wing political activities from 1984 to 1993. During his political activities; he was associated with students’ movements, working class movements and movement for separate statehood, initiated by the Jharkhandi tribals of Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa. During his political activism he was imprisoned thrice.In 1993, he joined Rashtriya Sahara group of Media and later, came to Kolkata and worked for Indian Bio-Social Research and Development Society (IBRAD), Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) and European Union supported Programme; National Project on Preventing Torture in India (NPPTI). The programme was implemented in West Bengal by Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM). At present, he is working with MASUM.
MANOHAR was one of the senior staff of Peoples Watch, a premier human rights organization and is now the Regional Coordinator-South India for Human Rights Defenders Alert-India (HRDA-India) through which he initiate’s actions for the protection and defense of human rights defenders in the region and file urgent actions on behalf of them with state, national and international bodies.He is the Executive Director of Centre for Amenities, Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) An organization committed to work for the empowerment of the underprivileged especially the Dalits, minorities and backward especially the women, youth and children in the slums of Bangalore. And of Human Rights Centre for Advocacy, Research and Education (HURICARE) through which he presently teaches a, 120 hours ‘Diploma in Human Rights’ at Mount Carmel College, and third semester paper on Human Rights and Social Justice at CMRI College and A 30 hour course as part of the MSW syllabus at Kristu Jayanti College.He is the lead trainer specialized in Human Rights and International Llaw, child rights, dalit rights, and children’s rights, right to information, skills in fact finding, advocacy and lobbying, conducting of public hearings, seminars, workshops, etc. He loves reading, listening to music and watching documentaries, spending time with people.
Javed, a native of border district Kargil in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, is the Chief Coordinator of the Peace Gong Bureau Kashmir, a global children newspaper to promote diversity and encourage dialogues among children through media literacy. . His volunteer role as the Chief Coordinator for the Peace Gong Kashmir Bureau has resulted in United Nations Award for Volunteerism. Javed is also the founder of Zojila Watch, a youth led online network to voice for the long pending demand of the people of Kargil for all weather connectivity to the region. Javed has considerable experience of working with youths, people movements and human rights organisations. He has worked, in the past with Amnesty International, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, Salaam Balak Trust and India Social Forum. He is the former co-facilitator and founding member of the Asia Pacific Youth Network, formed by young people and rights organizations from 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Joshita Pai is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Communication Governance and works with the Civil Liberties Team. She graduated in 2015 from Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur and did her Honours in IPR. She took up media law and cyber law as her electives and also has a diploma in the latter. Her general inclination leans towards Media Law, Intellectual Property, Administrative Law and Judicial Reforms. Prior to her involvement with CCG, she has worked on intermediary liability, data mining and data trading, commercial speech, online infringement and collateral censorship. She also contributed in drafting of the report by the Law Commission on electoral reforms in the context of paid news. At CCG, she is currently involved in the Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression & Information Jurisprudence Project. She has been associated to the ongoing aadhar discourse. Her specific line of projects include Data Protection Laws in India and tracking privacy norms.
Nilesh Munje, Programme Officer at Find Your Feet
Shivani lal is post graduate in Human Rights and Duties from Panjab University, Chandigarh.She is currently engaged with People’s Watch, Human Rights Defenders Alert India (HRDA) and All India Network of NGOs working on Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) in the capacity of Regional Coordnitaor for Northern part of India for both the projects.She is responsible for managing the existing networks of HRDs in the region as well expanding it through networking, advocacy, trainings and research and writing urgent appeals for HRDs that come under attacks or threats. She also connects HRDs with each other through focal points on district levels so as to create local support and solidarity among them.
A Human Rights Campaigner Dr. Subash Mohapatra is the convenor of National Campaign for Ending Corporate Abuse in India. He currently works with Global Human Rights Communications which uses strategic and creative communication for promoting, protecting and respecting human rights. Dr. Mohapatra has written ten books on different aspects related to the status of human rights in South Asia. Among his many achievements as a rights campaigner, he was instrumental in bringing anti-child marriage law in India and filed dozens of successful Public Interest Litigations which have resulted in some legislative changes. Conflict, human rights and anti-corruption are the focus of his actions and writing. He continues to fight against all forms of human rights violations, working with indigenous peoples (adivasis and dalits), minorities and other victims at risk in particular. His belief is that Satyagrah, the non-violent action conceptualized and practiced by Mahatma Gandhi during India’s freedom struggle, is the one of the best ways to achieve justice. He manifests rights and green agenda to ensure corporate accountability. He also uses judicial, quasi-judicial and international mechanisms for practical realization of human rights.
Syed Sajjad, volunteer of Paigaam
Syed Sajjad is a youth development activist and works as a District Youth Coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra in Jammu and Kashmir. He is also an active volunteer of Paigaam, the first & only organisation in Jammu and Kashmir that offers peace education and offers youth leadership development programs and trainings. An avid volunteer and leader in rural youth empowerment, Sajjad hails from a LoC village in Drass.
Mr Laskar, Lawyer
Mr Laskar is a lawyer by training and by profession, but equally enjoys human rights work. While studying law at Dispur Law College in Guwahati in 2006 he joined Barak Human Rights Committee (BHRPC) and as a honorary editor of their annual journal “the Human Voice”, which is now ceased to be published. In 2008 he became a (honorary) member of the legal team of BHRPC. In this period he also worked as a freelance reporter for various news outlets particularly some web-based ones.In 2014 he was elected as a member of the executive body of the BHRPC. Since then he has been working in this voluntary and self-funded human rights group as a member of the executive body and a honorary member of the legal team.He is currently practicing law in the Guwahati High Court.
Mr. Dinbandhu Vats, journalist and social worker
Mr. Dinbandhu Vats is a journalist and social worker.He joined PAIRVI in 2012. After completing Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from University of Delhi, Mr. Vats did his Masters in Mass Communication from Uttarakhand Open University. He is a human rights activist. He has earlier worked with The Pioneer. He looks after advocacy, lobbying and partner relations in his organization.
J. Rajendran, co-operative in Chengalpattu
J. Rajendran has called various cities in India home. His portfolio portrays his passion for poetry and street photography. Rajendran finds his relevant ideas in the undulating curves of life – love, heartbreak, places seen, places waiting to be seen, people, and their constant need for change. He hopes his poetry will remain the people’s microphone for the complexities governing life today. He currently runs a co-operative in Chengalpattu while completing his Masters in Social Work.
Meena is a social work student and a civil service aspirant. She is very keen in contributing to the society. She is updated with the current affairs and always look into the positive aspects. She is self-motivated, strong and is self-determinate in whatever she does. She was the camp leader in rural camp and is creating her own path to crack the UPSC exams and serve the nation.
Dipanwita Sarkar is into designing social process for social development for those who have been deprived, oppressed and lagging behind. She is currently the programme coordinator for Dearah ASHA, Kolkata and has previously worked with HOPE Kolkata Foundation, Kolkata and HOPE Kolkata Foundation, Kolkata.
Mr. Chandranath Dani, HRDA
Mr. Chandranath Daniis the East zone coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Alert – India (HRDA). After completing his law PG in Humanitarian law, he was coordinating a national project on preventing torture in India, he defended the survivors of Kandhamal violence in High Court, Odisha, and was also associated with UNDP program in the Access to Justice. Currently associated with HRDA, he is positioned as east zone coordinator, coordinating the states like West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam and North Eastern States. Based at Bhubaneswar.