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Prepared by

Karnataka Women’s Information and Resource Centre
For

NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg New Delhi 110 001, India Tel: 23385368 Fax: 23384863 E-mail: covdnhrc@nic.in Website: www.nhrc.nic.in

© 2005, National Human Rights Commission
The views expressed by the authors in this publication are not necessarily the views of the NHRC.

Edited by Mimmy Jain Designed and produced by Rajika Press Services Pvt. Ltd

Contents

Acknowledgments Preface Note Introduction

Dossiers

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

The Rights of the Child 13 Maharukh Adenwalla .................................................................................................. The Rights of the Disabled 25 Meera Pillai .................................................................................................. The Rights of the Dalits 39 Martin McGowan .................................................................................................. Reproductive Rights 51 N B Sarojini .................................................................................................. Human Rights and the Environment Ashish Kothari & Anuprita Patel 71 .................................................................................................. Land and Housing Rights Miloon Kothari & Sabrina Karmali 91 ..................................................................................................

The Rights of Home-based Workers
Vibha Puri Das & Aditi Kapoor 109 .................................................................................................. Gandhian Struggles for Land Rights Dr. D Jeevan Kumar 121 ..................................................................................................

The Rights of Fish Workers

Nalini Nayak 141 .................................................................................................. 10. The Right to Information Aruna Roy et al. 163 ..................................................................................................

Acknowledgements
The Karnataka Women’s Information and Resource Centre (KWIRC), an activity of the Singamma Sreenivasan Foundation (SSF) in Bangalore, has been working since 1999 on developing source material on human rights education, based on the human rights movements in India. The rationale behind the effort is that Indian students should know about the form such struggles have taken in India. Our efforts were supported by a grant received from the Ford Foundation, which facilitated identification and preparation of ten dossiers on rights/movements within the broad spectrum of human rights. These dossiers could serve as reference material at the university level. Each of the dossiers that are listed below was authored by an activist who is deeply involved in, or closely associated with, the relevant movement: 1. The Rights of the Child by Maharukh Adenwalla 2. The Rights of the Dalits by Martin McGowan 3. Human Rights and the Environment by Ashish Kothari and Anuprita Patel 4. Land and Housing Rights by Miloon Kothari and Sabrina Karmali 5. The Rights of Home-based Workers by Vibha Puri Das and Aditi Kapoor 6. The Right to Information by Aruna Roy et al. 7. The Rights of Fish Workers by Nalini Nayak In order to deepen the awareness of human rights among grass-root organisations, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi, provided us a grant that enabled us to revise and edit the dossiers for the university level and to prepare a composite manual for grass-root organisations. Three more dossiers were prepared for both levels. These are: • • • The Rights of the Disabled by Meera Pillai Reproductive Rights by N B Sarojini Gandhian Struggles for Land Rights by D Jeevan Kumar

The suggestion that a manual be prepared for grass-root organisations was made at the Round Table on ‘Human Rights Education’, organised by the SSF on...
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