Amnesty India is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.
Amnesty International is a global movement with three million members. In 2011, Amnesty celebrated its 50th Anniversary. In the past five decades, Amnesty has campaigned for justice, freedom, truth and dignity. In 1978, Amnesty was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for its work and accomplishments.
Amnesty International in India
India's recent rapid economic growth and industrial development have marked it as an emerging world power. However, as India races forward in the 21st century , accumulating wealth and influence on the world stage, the situation within the country is precarious for many.
India’s development is a story of success for many thousands, but a story of deprivation and neglect for millions more. Entire swaths of the population are being left behind with few resources for individual survival, let alone personal gain. Old issues such as caste, gender and religious discrimination only make it harder for people living in poverty to access their rights. The economic boom, while bringing success and wealth to some, has also exacerbated the abuse of human rights of others, and little investment in human rights education.
India has a long history of democracy and a constitutional commitment to equal rights for all. Amnesty International in India aims to support civil society’s efforts to ensure human rights for all by upholding the country’s constitution and its obligations under international law.
Amnesty International has a long record of working to promote human rights for people all over the world, including in India. Most recently, we supported the Dongria Kondh Adivasi community's struggle to safeguard their traditional lands and way of life from a proposed bauxite mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, Orissa. The Indian government's rejection of Vedanta's plans to mine bauxite in the Hills was a victory for the Dongria Kondh community and human rights groups fighting for their cause. We also have supported the fight for justice for survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy.
Amnesty International recognizes the urgent need to be a part of India’s vibrant human rights movement. Drawing on over 50 years of experience as a global campaigning movement, but led and funded by people in India, and directed by their dreams and aspirations, Amnesty International in India is a movement with deep Indian roots. We are working to both raise awareness of human rights issues, and provide much-needed investment in human rights education and awareness. An important long-term effort will be to create a society that upholds human rights and respects equality for all.
Over the next few years, our work will focus on issues such as the impact of mining on the local populations’ right to a healthy environment, the rights of Indigenous Peoples , forced evictions and the rights of slum dwellers in India's metropolises , and the abuses in the criminal justice system, especially the lack of due process and right to a fair trial.
One of our primary campaigns will concentrate on implementing human rights education in India’s schools and universities. By empowering young people and promoting the active participation of all members of the school community, the Human Rights Friendly Schools project aims to integrate human rights values and principles such as equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation, in all areas of school life. The project will draw on the experiences of 14 countries worldwide (from Morocco to Mongolia), to tackle barriers to the implementation of India’s recent legislation guaranteeing the right to universal education. We plan to work with 100 schools within the first two years of the programme. We will start with schools in the city of Bangalore, and will expand our work to schools in smaller towns and villages.
Amnesty International in India needs your help in these crucial early years. We appeal to you to support us in building and sustaining our work on human rights issues and human rights education in India.