Citizens for Justice and Peace

Human Rights Defenders

Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan

Will not compromise on principles, will prefer death: Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ Human Rights Defender Profile

Chandrashekhar Azad is a prominent Dalit rights activist who has been wrongfully incarcerated since June 2017. He took on the popular moniker ‘Ravan’ as an act of defiance against accepted social order that rewards upper caste Hindu god-fearing men over all others. Over the last few years he has become a force to reckon with…


Sonebhadra’s Daughter Sukalo Human Rights Defender Profile

This is the story of Sukalo Gond, an adivasi woman who refused to back down and continues to fight for the rights of her people despite all odds, even today. Sukalo is an important force in the struggle for implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006 in the Sonebhadra, a heavily forested region in Uttar Pradesh. Adivasis…

Roma Malik

Roma: Unbowed, Unbroken, Unbent Human Rights Defender Profile

Roma Malik is known for working closely with the forest dwelling communities in Uttar Pradesh. She is also known for liasing with local authorities and the judicial system to bring to force, a just framework for the enforcement and implementation of forest rights of the indigenous people of India. She is the leading figure of…

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