Divided Destinies Unequal Lives - ESC rights and the Indian State

Wednesday 9 September 2009 by Fedina

PWESCR (Programme on Women’s Economic Social and Cultural Rights) initiated a collective process under the broad umbrella of the People’s Collective on Economic Social and Cultural Rights to articulate the myriad voices from India’s civil society.

  • The short term goal for the Collective was to develop an NGO Report in response to the Government of India’s Report.
  • The long term goal, however, was two fold: to develop a core group of organisations to monitor women’s economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) in India, and to raise awareness around international human rights standards and their relevance to local and national struggles.

About us

Wednesday 24 December 2008

This international programme of training on Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) Rights enforceability approaches brings together Non-Governmental Organizations from Benin, Cameroon, France, India, Mali, Senegal, Togo and the Philippines. We decided to pool our experiences, notably via this website, in order to mutually build our capacities and share them with other stakeholders. Partners: Aoudaghost Network : Senegal Unit Benin Unit Togo Unit Malian Unit and the Malian ESC rights (...)

Asia - Textile workers clothe the world, but who clothes them ?

Monday 22 March 2010 by Frères des Hommes

3000 calories per day and per person, a roof, clothes, access to health services, schools : this is the minimum needed to keep a family alive. It is very far from what the textile workers of Asia have.

Last October 7, on the World Day for Decent Work, workers throughout Asia announced the official launch of Asia Floor Wage (minimum wage in Asia), a campaign to demand a decent minimum wage for textile workers. In this mobilisation, there was an aspect which has become indispensable: unionisation beyond frontiers, between 70 unions, NGO’s and labour rights movements of 17 countries.

Bamako International Conference, April 2008

Monday 9 March 2009

This document compiles exchanges of the first international training session which took place in Bamako, April 14th-17th, 2008. The themes addressed were: the various steps of mobilising civil society on ESC rights (Setting up ESC rights platforms, Indicator setting with participative enquiries and collection of data, Lobbying, advocacy), the participation in the elaboration and modification of laws integrating ESC rights and the drafting of shadow reports.

Bangalore International Conference, June 2009

Tuesday 6 October 2009

The second international seminar of this programme took place in Bangalore (India) in June 2009. We discussed the thematics : Organizing civil society into a broad social movement, Monitoring the UN Committee on ESC rights’ recommendations, Monitoring administrative and judicial practices and Mobilizing for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Changing Rights into Policies and Policies into Instrumental Processes

Saturday 25 September 2010 by JEEVIKA Kiran Kamal Prasad

Establisng Sound Institutional Processes on Bonded Labour at all Levels of Administration

David v. Goliath: Indian tribe in ‘stunning’ victory over mining giant

Thursday 9 September 2010

A tribe in India has won a stunning victory over one of the world’s biggest mining companies. In an extraordinary move, India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has blocked Vedanta Resources’ controversial plan to mine bauxite on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh tribe.

Exclusion of Dalits in the flood rehabilitation in Karnataka

Thursday 21 October 2010 by HRFDL K- Human Rights Forum for Dalit Liberation -Karnataka

Presentation of Basappa from HRFDL-K during the third international training session on the Economical, Social and Cultural rights
Dakar, 20- 26 September 2010

HRFDL-K is a forum of Dalit activists in Karnataka state and in this case has attempted to link state level rights violations toward influencing policies , both at State and National level


Wednesday 24 December 2008 by Fedina

FEDINA (Foundation for Educational Innovations in Asia), a secular non-governmental, non-profit organization, was established in the year 1983 with its headquarters in Bangalore. FEDINA works towards the empowerment of the marginalized groups of our society: tribals, Dalits, poor women, small farmers, landless labourers and informal sector workers and slum-dwellers in the South Indian states Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry.

Gathering civil society into a broad social movement in India

Tuesday 29 September 2009 by Fedina

FEDINA works with marginalized people and unorganized sector workers in the slums of Bengaluru, Bijapur, Tumkur cities and supports organizations working with unorganized sector workers in general, or particularly focusing on dalits, tribals and women, in the 5 southern states of India.

An illustration of the organization of civil society into a broad social movement is the national campaign “Social Security Now” carried out by FEDINA and other organizations in order to give informal workers the access to social security. Started with 14 organizations from different parts of India coming together to form a consortium in 2006, it is currently a consortium of 500 organizations consisting of peoples’ movements, trade unions, civil society organizations, farmers associations and other groups.

Implementing the right to food: review of the progress

Tuesday 17 August 2010

Two years after taking office as UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to food, Prof. Olivier De Schutter presents a review of the progress made by a number of countries in implementing the human right to food at national level.

India - "If it were not for the retired, the wheels of society would not go round"

Wednesday 3 February 2010 by Frères des Hommes

On October 1st 2009, more than 500 retired persons took to the streets of Bangalore, Southern India, for a day of rallying on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons.

After a procession in the city’s avenues, there were speeches by activists and lawyers, as well as music and theatre throughout the day.

India - Street Theater against discrimination in hospitals

Wednesday 3 February 2010 by Frères des Hommes

Fedina’s cultural team and Okkuta, the federation of retired people’s associations, demonstrated their anger on Saturday, June 27, 2009 in front of this hospital.

With billboards, leaflets, and 20 minutes of performances: songs, dances and sketches, they denounced abuse, neglect and discrimination against the poor and the elderly within public hospitals.

India /Philippines- Associations defend human rights before the UN

Wednesday 3 February 2010 by Frères des Hommes

In India as well as in the Philippines, it is mainly associations who defend economic, social and cultural rights in a situation where public authorities violate these rights on a daily basis.

Flashback on the last regional workshop that was held in Bangalore in May 2009.

India : Female construction workers build their rights

Monday 22 March 2010 by Frères des Hommes

Anjali poses with her three sons in front of her house, between open air sewers and a swampy private property. We are in the Rajendanagar District, in the heart of the huge Koramangala slum, in Bangalore. Anjali’s parents fled the poverty of Tamil Nadu rural areas over 40 years ago. Anjali is now 37 and has never known any other life than the one in the slum of this South Indian megalopolis.

India : Tribal populations want to hand down the land to their children

Monday 22 March 2010 by Frères des Hommes

The place is southern Andhra Pradesh. In the village of Company, a name given by British settlers when they used to trade here, some twenty Yanadi tribal families live in huts, at the edge of the forest. (...) Today their presence is threatened. The forest ministry still hasn’t granted them title deeds, as it should have done under provision of the law. For that reason, the inhabitants of Company have no access to government programs that would allow them to have running water, electricity and staple commodities at reduced prices for the poor.

India: N. V. Ramana, a young dalit, is not afraid to talk anymore

Monday 22 March 2010 by Frères des Hommes

Who would dare go and see the local authorities to ask for water taps in the village, for a title deed for land cultivated for generations, or for access to the temples like everyone else in the population? Not one of the 1,400 inhabitants of the Dalit quarter of the village of Thettu would have dared do that a few years ago. And yet the 1950 Constitution bans any discrimination against caste members. So, theoretically, the Dalits have the same rights as the rest of the population.

India: Rejection of Vedanta mine a landmark victory for Indigenous rights

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Amnesty International has described the Indian government’s decision to reject the bauxite mine project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills as a landmark victory for the human rights of Indigenous communities.


Wednesday 10 November 2010 by Integrated Rural Development Society -IRDS, Héloise Squelbut

En Inde du Sud, le Gouvernement du Tamil Nadu créa en 1971 la SIPCOT, chargée alors de jouer un rôle d’accélérateur, de catalyseur dans le développement de parcs industriels sur le territoire étatique. Dans le contexte de libéralisation économique systématisée à la fin des années 90, la mission de la SIPCOT s’est amplifiée et son volume d’activités a augmenté. En l’espace de trente ans, la SIPCOT a développé 19 parcs industriels, sur une surface foncière de 16, 975 acres, facilitant l’implantation de 1882 usines de production, indiennes et étrangères.


Friday 29 July 2011 by Fedina

Tribals, the ethnic minority of Kerala, constitute one percent of the state’s population. Formation of the state in 1956 and the division of the state into different districts horizontally left the tribal population of Kerala scattered, mostly in hilly areas. They started facing problems of existence with the encroachment of their ancestral land by powerful settlers from the plains, starting from pre-independence days. PANIYA, the labourers constitute the major share of the 37 tribes of this state.

Methods to claim your rights

Tuesday 31 May 2011

This guide was completed within the framework of the programme for the exchange of experiences on economic, social and cultural rights enforceability approaches coordinated by Terre des Hommes France. It is based on stakeholders’ experiences with various practices, cultures and backgrounds in countries such as the Philippines, India, Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico and Senegal.

Methods to monitor administrative and judicial practices

Wednesday 7 October 2009 by International Programme Coordination

Civil society plays an important role not only in monitoring and orienting public policies and legislation but also in monitoring administrative and judicial practices so as to ensure their compliance with the legislation, identify problems and find solutions.

Michelin factory in India: People’s life before profit

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Integrated Rural Development Society -IRDS

Help us to make our voice heard: ask Michelin not to be a party to human rights abuses and to suspend the project. Thank you for signing and sharing this urgent call!

Monitoring Administrative and Judicial Practices in terms of Bonded Labour in Karnataka/India

Wednesday 21 July 2010 by JEEVIKA Kiran Kamal Prasad

1. Administrative Set up
2. Judicial Processes
3. Monitoring Administrative & Judicial Processes

Philippine NGOs Host Asian Regional Workshop on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Monday 15 March 2010 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights

Around twenty-five (25) human rights defenders from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, and China gathered for three days in Quezon City, Philippines on February 24-27, 2010 to exchange experiences, stories, insights, and methods in advocating for economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights such as food, housing, education, health, social security, and work.

Protecting Cultural Diversity

Saturday 25 September 2010 by Fedina

The dalits and minorities are being targeted in India by the rising forces of fascism. In several states of India they have come to power using divisive issues such as caste conflicts, religious practices, cultural life styles. The targets are primarily the dalits and minorities who constitute nearly 40% of the Indian population. They are also the most marginalised and constitute the vast millions of the workers in the informal sector both in the rural and the urban areas. In Karnataka, (...)

Rights-based Public Policies

Wednesday 13 July 2011

This document was drafted within the framework of the economic, social and cultural rights methods exchange programme (“ESC Rights Action”) lead by Terre des Hommes France. It deals with methods to impact public policies followed by stakeholders with various practices, cultures and experiences.


Wednesday 19 January 2011

This third session ends the cycle of training over three years dedicated to the exchange of experiences to enforce ESC rights.

“Mass protest of public proved as a tool of victory for achieving Justice” – state response to struggle of Dalits on Panchami land in Tamil Nadu.

Tuesday 15 May 2012 by Integrated Rural Development Society -IRDS

Land is the not only the source of livelihood, it is the source of liberation and dignity for Dalits in Tamil Nadu. The land struggle is Tami Nadu has begun in the last 2 decade and the struggle is still on. Here is the live struggle of Dalits in 6 villages to reclaim their own land; their longstanding struggle of 7 years in 6 villages drew the attention of Government and agreed to provide 278 acres of Panchami land in 6 villages in Villupuram district. Poster for the protest on 14th (...)

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