Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) is a Human Rights movement dedicated to upholding and defending the freedom and constitutional rights of all Indians. We call our focus areas our Four Pillars. These are:
Minority Rights - Rights of religious, ethnic, caste, gender and sexual minorities as well as persons with disabilities.
Freedom of Expression - A healthy and vibrant democracy always respects free expression and the dignity of different belief systems, cultures and languages. Hate speech, we believe, is an abuse of this freedom.
Criminal Justice Reform - CJP believes that our agencies - investigation, prosecutorial and judicial - need further democratisation to ensure both, quality and quick justice delivery.
Child Rights & Education - CJP works to inculcate pluralism and Constitutional values in young minds. We also work in the field of Juvenile Justice Reform and protection of children from Sexual Abuse.
All our campaigns are aimed at empowering the disempowered and defending their rights and freedoms, so that all Indians may live in peace and with dignity.
Ever since our relaunch in 2017, we have spearheaded both, legal campaigns as well as citizens' interventions to empower and assist our fellow Indians navigate complex and extremely divisive political ploys, and hate-filled communal minefields. We also worked to ensure police transparency and accountability when vulnerable communities are under threat. Some of our initiatives include:
Objective: To spot instances of hate speech (by politicians, social media trolls and news broadcasters/publications) and report it to relevant authorities. (Special focus on Hate Speech against religious minorities, Dalits, Adivasis, Women, Children and LGBTQIA+)
Actions: Over 200 petitions moved before organisations like National Commission for Minorities (NCM), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Broadcasting and Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA), National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), National Commission for Women (NCW), Facebook, Twitter etc.
Objective: To help Indian citizens defend their citizenship
Actions: Helped over 12 lakh Indian citizens compile documents and file applications for inclusion of names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Objective: To empower Adivasis, forest-dwellers and forest workers defend their rights under the Forest Rights Act 2006. To also defend Forest Rights activists against malicious prosecution and incarceration on trumped up charges.
Actions: Training Adivasi and forest working people file Community Forest Rights claims as per FRA 2006. Over 7,000 people trained across 60 villages so far!
CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program is a unique initiative aiming to give voice and agency, as well as mentor youth leaders from among the communities with whom we work closely. These presently include migrant workers, Dalits, Adivasis and forest workers.
Objective: To give an opportunity to school children to understand diversity, peace and harmony.
Zakia Jafri and CJP moved Supreme Court to ask for a proper investigation into allegations made in Zakia Jafri’s complaint from June 2008 and the Protest Petition. The SIT probing the Gujarat 2002 violence had failed to take into account several key pieces of evidence and filed a closure report that was accepted by a Magistrate’s court. The court also claimed it had no power to direct further investigation, and we have sought clarification on the same. While Zakia Jafri is the first petitioner, CJP via its secretary Teesta Setalvad is the second petitioner in the Zakia Jafri Case. CJP has also helped survivors in trials related to Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam, Sardarpura, Ode (1 and 2) and Gulberg massacre.
Workshops and Training Sessions: CJP conducts a variety of workshops to empower media students, activists and legal practitioners and teachers, in the proper methods to conduct fact finding missions and document their findings. We also conduct Teachers Training workshops in Constitutional values, Pluralism, History and Social Sciences.
CJP's series of workshops on How to Spot and Stop Fake News are being held at different locations, Chennai, Mangalore, Mumbai and Varanasi. The one in February 2018 at Varanasi's Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth struck fear in the hearts of right-wing extremists. They not only threatened us but also surrounded CJP Secretary Teesta Setalvad and tried to prevent us from conducting the workshop, the contents of which were designed to expose their modus operandi in spreading misinformation. The workshop however continued at another venue.
Keeping in mind the need to provide help to defenders of constitutional values, CJP has put together comprehensive legal and community resources that address issues as wide ranging as gender, caste and child rights.
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