Friday, November 21, 2014

Open letter to all heads of state in SAARC

Open letter to all heads of state in SAARC
Dear Excellency,
Greetings from PVCHR, Varanasi, India.
PVCHR wrote to all Government of SAARC and National Human Rights Commission for establishment of South Asian Human Rights Mechanism Links as follows:

PVCHR (India), INSEC (Nepal), LOKOJ (Bangladesh), Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Wiros (Srilanka) jointly organized first Peoples’SAARC at Varanasi India on 17 January 2005. Nearly 200 organization and five thousand people participated from India, Nepal,Bangladesh, Afganistan,Pakistan and Srilanka and resolved follows declration:

South Asian people's Declaration

The People's Vision

We, the South Asian People's Forum, desiring that SAARC embody the aspirations of the People, aver the need for greater efforts for promoting the sovereignty of the People and violence free South Asia through democratic values and structures.
We envision a SAARC that encompasses all people living in South Asia and promote greater understanding and equal respect of all people to eliminate discriminations based on gender, creed, caste, ethnicity and color.
We also insist on declaring South Asia as nuclear free zone.

Our Mission

We promote peace and understanding of disputes, and efforts for settling them amicably at the popular level.

We firmly demand urgent and complete de-nuclearization of South Asia.

We uphold social democracy, secular values, and economic equity and envision sustainable development.

We advocate greater efforts to prevent environmental degradation, and optimum and equitable utilization of resources for the benefit of the people, providing them adequate space to influence and participate in decisions on resource use and management.

We endorse the inalienable right of the People of South Asia to basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, health, education, social security and productive work.

We advocate people to people communication facilities and an end to travel restrictions.

Major concerns


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 resources.

We advocate full independence of the judiciary, adhering to internationally recognized values and principles. Pro-people lawmaking 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 empowerment can result only when power is devolved through effective structural changes.

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

We believe People are the real owners of resources and support mechanisms to make them rightful owners of resources through systems that ensure collective ownership and responsibility.

We uphold the People's right to information through participation in decision-making and governance.

We believe that internal and external displacement is caused by political, social and developmental factors and any attempt to end displacement should begin with addressing the root causes.

We assert that refugees are sovereign people with sovereign identities and they need to be provided guarantees of protection, dignity and access to basic services until final resolution and/ or repatriation.

We are concerned by the increase in human trafficking (including children, women and marginalized communities) in the region and call for receiving countries to take on responsibility for repatriation and compensation of the victims.


We affirm that discrimination based on gender, caste, creed, and ethnicity and differently able is a major obstacle to meaningful participation of People.

We endorse patriarchy-free South Asia, and support the individual's right to self-determination and development and uphold their duty to national integration.

We resolve for an immediate and effective end to untouchability, the worst form of discrimination and demand interventions as follows:
  • Programs for the uplift of the Dalits and mechanisms to empower them for their rights.
  • Reservations, 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 (including Dalits) in all spheres of private and public life and an end to all forms of discrimination against women.
  • Discrimination to be considered a real life problem.
  • Review of existing laws and modifications to incorporate the implementation of international instruments.
  • Equal respect for religious, ethnic and cultural minorities.
We appreciate the changes being discussed for the uplift of women by Islamic groups and will provide support to encourage and facilitate further changes.

We ask for inclusion of rights and security concerns of migrant workers in the SAARC Social Charter.

Food sovereignty

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

We recommend that relief and aid should be culturally sensitive and value adding, and uphold that hunger and starvation are unacceptable.

Globalization and International Finance and Trade

We believe the existing policies of multilateral aid and trade organizations are anti-people and perpetuate unemployment, poverty and inequalities.

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

We uphold the need for collective SAARC representation and uniform standards for negotiations on aid and trade instruments and the formulation of a common social responsibility standard to govern FDI.

We oppose privatization, particularly that of social infrastructure.

We oppose Foreign Direct Investment without effective social controls and strongly endorse the promotion of small and medium enterprises through people's markets.

We believe the World Trade Organization is not ratified by the people and advocates only freedom of capital, and ask SAARC to work towards the democratization of the WTO through inclusion of civil society organizations in negotiations.

We ask SAARC to move towards the creation of an economic community to suit the people's interest and step back from free trade envisaged under the SAFTA, which is an extension of the WTO model.

We believe that the existing ownership of intellectual property and laws governing violations are flawed and advocate stiff penalties for those infringing into the traditional knowledge and services belonging to developing countries.

Child rights

We uphold the Right of the Child as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and believe the child is an integral part of society, has the potential to be agents of social change and all children have the right to participate in issues concerning them and be heard.

We believe a child's right to survival and health is of paramount importance to the progress of the country, and maintain that the child's right to development be upheld through free and compulsory education, including vocational training, and recreation without discrimination for all and in a child-friendly environment.

We demand that a child's right to protection be upheld through the abolition of child labor, abusive forms of punishment and all forms of discrimination with special focus on differently-abled children.

We demand that the juvenile justice system be child friendly and be strictly implemented in the region.

We demand immediate resolution of existing social, cultural, economic and political factors that promote the trafficking of children.

We advocate areas where children frequent be declared zones of peace to enable them to grow in peaceful and secure environments.

We oppose involvement of children in all forms of violent conflicts.

Varanasi, 17 Jan. 2005

It is disgraceful that Governments of SAARC did not fulfill above aspiration of People of South Asia.

I appeal as citizen of South Asia that it is high time and right time for fulfill above demands of People of South Asia.

With regards,

Subodh Raj Pyakurel

Lenin Raghuvanshi
2007 Gwangju Human Rights Awardee
2010 Weimer Human Rights Awardee


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paradigm shift of elimination of malnutrition in villages

PVCHR got happy after reading the news published in daily Hindi newspaper that Shri Pranjal Yadav District Magistrate of Varanasi adopted Ayer village  from Harhuwa block and Baikunthapur village from Pindra and CDO Vishakha ji adopted Nehiya from Pindra  block and Baithauli from Harhuwa block under the Uttar Pradesh State Government program “State Nutrition Mission”. (Reference of the news published in Amar Ujala on 16th November, 2014)

The most marginalized ghetto (Basti) of the above selected three villages (Ayer, Bhaithauli and Nehiya) are also being adopted by PVCHR  for creating it as Child Friendly Model Village in 2006 (Ayer and Bhaithauli) and Torture free model village (Nehiya) in 2010.

Organization believes that Education will break the cycle of poverty, improve equity, empower women, and create health awareness and moreover improved democracy and accountability.  So, in 2006 with the support of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust runs Pre-Primary Center in Ayer and Bhaithauli for the first learners. In 2007 Ms. Helma Ritscher, Chairperson, Indo- German Society of Remscheid visited Ayer village and together with the community and PVCHR core group and core – team decided to build room in musahar ghetto with economic assistance from Inwent, Germany through DIG. Understanding the importance of education Mr. Sijjan and Somaru Musahar donated the land to build the pre- primary centre with the kitchen. On 6th September, 2007 Ms. Veena, District Magistrate of Varanasi and Mr. Kim, Director-Trustee of May 18 Foundation and participants of 4th May 18 Academy of South Korea inaugurate this Eklavya Centre.

The Eklavya center was development as a model center which provides holistic development to the child i.e. education, food and playing material. The food, playing items, educational materials were provided with the support of Ms. Parul Sharma an NRI based in Sweden, which break the culture of silence and children enrolled in school for primary education Working for providing education to the most marginalized communities was not easy for the organization. A dedicated worker Mr. Brijesh Pandey faced threat and discrimination from BSA (Basic Siksha Adhikari) on bringing the corporal punishment of Suresh Mushar due to caste based discrimination.

In 2011 PVCHR with the support from Child Right and You (CRY) implemented many Multi-dimensional activities implemented in four ways to ensure Right to Participation, Right to survival, Right to Development, and Right to Protection of children through (1) Direct activity with children (2) Action with community (3) Direct action with local self – governance (4) Networking and policy advocacy, which is creating child right grid model. (5) Facilitate effective implementation of other legislations for child protection in the Model village.   

Now children are discussing and advocating for their rights through children parliament Sant. Ravidas Bal Panchayat.

After malnutrition mapping and intervention 76 families received emergency assistance of 1000 Rupees as per the directive issued byUttar Pradesh government on 24 December, 2004 signed by the chief secretary. This directive requires every Village Council in the state to form a committee for hunger and malnutrition.

In 2009 during the mass protest of the Voice of People (VOP) a state level network for the working on child rights issues. The marginalized communities of Nehaiya village join in the movement and came in the contact of PVCHR.  In 2010 PVCHR adopted this village for creating as torture free model village.
After the intervention on the folk school, situational analysis and campaign these village developed infrastructure and major marginalized communities are benefited with the Government schemes.

On this moment PVCHR heartily thanks to Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi, its team, Dalit team, Helma ji and Indo- German society of Remschied, Germany, Ms. Parul Sharma, Raj Dulari Foundation, Dignity: Danish Institute Against Torture, Voice of People, Child Right and You and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust for support.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Education for marginalized

Education for marginalized

So we all have been celebrating 'Children's Day' but has anyone of us actually made an effort to bring a smile on the face an under-privileged child. If not, then here is your chance to educate children who are deprived of the basic educational amenities.
Step up to this occasion of funding the education of marginalized children! Because real ‪#‎SwachBharatAbhiyan‬ would be to eradicate illiteracy from ‪#‎INDIA‬.

We may spend 1000s of rupees over a weekend while watching a movie or a dinner can we not contribute a little for the brighter future of our motherland. Remember "Padhega India, tabhi toh badhega India"
Please contribute for this noble cause by clicking on the link below:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lenin Raghuvanshi in Satyamev Jayate:When Masculinity Harms Men

Post by PVCHR .