मानव अधिकार सामाजिक मंच

Manavadhikar Samajik Manch (MASM) is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights organization striving to empower the public, promote, reinforce and safeguard human rights and good governance in India and to bring transformation in the observance of human rights at local, national and international level. MASM has as its VISION, the creation of a Just and Equitable Society.

The broad objective of the organizations is to promote the cause of national and international integration by strengthening the efforts for recognition and implementation of human rights and to create legal and human rights awareness and empowerment among the general public through the provision of legal and civic education, provision of legal aid, conducting research and follow-up human rights violations.

The Specific objectives of the organization are:
  1. Promote, respect and observe of human rights and democracy
  2. Promote, respect and observe of rule of law and due process
  3. Create networks with the public interest and human rights organization, non-governmental organizations, universities, relevant research organizations and legal associations etc.
  4. Make best efforts for protection, promotion and advancement of socio-economic and political rights of the public.
  5. To fight lawfully for the causes of the rights of the masses and to file public interest petitions to safeguard the rights of the masses.
  6. Organise and sponsor to undertake conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings and such other activities with a view to promoting the social and educational objectives of the MASM.
  7. Raising funds for the purposes of the MASM on such terms as are compatible with the autonomy of MASM and within the spirit of its social and educational objectives.
  8. Work out for all out socio-economic progress of the country and the society.
The strategy i.e. adopted by MASM includes actions such as
  • To identify and expose policy, law reform and issues of practice with a view to advocating for change and proactive information sharing;
  • To raise human rights and legal awareness and empowerment amongst the general public for good governance in India;
  • To put-forth the demands of the public on a continuous basis before the three organs of the government i.e., Executive, Legislature and Judiciary and ensure justice.
  • To gather and disseminate concrete, reliable and up-to-date information on policies, legal issues and issues of practice
  • To improve the performance and sustainability of Manavadhikar Samajik Manch.
By
  • Strengthening strategic alliances with like minded organizations and individuals
  • Embarking on effective advocacy for good governance in the country;
  • Devising means to capture the needs of the public;
  • Making effective use of mass media
  • Strengthening administration of research
  • Putting in place an effective human resource development system for effective and efficient service delivery
As part of its work, MASM always strives to bring awareness among the various sections of the population especially to poorest and vulnerable sections of the society who are often the victims of human right violations. The areas of interventions always focused to bring changes in policy, legal framework and issues of practices. To ensure justice, MASM always tried to put the demands of the public on a continuous basis before the three organs of the government i.e., Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

At present, MASM has two wings one for legal aid and human rights monitoring department with a legal aid clinic intending to do psychological counseling to the victims, to identify the cases of Human Rights violations, raise the issues and do the follow up exercise and the other is for Research publication and documentation.

The Novel Covid-19: The Human Rights Issues in India

 

Covid-19 is an ongoing pandemic that has claimed an estimated 1.61 million lives and infected over 72.3 million people as of December 14, 2020. First detected in China in December 2019, Covid-19 has spread to almost all the countries and territories of the world. The world is facing an unprecedented crises. At its core is a global public health emergency on a scale not seen for a century, requiring a global response with far-reaching consequences for our economic, social and political lives. The priority is to save lives. In India, Covid-19 infected cases are rising exponentially since early August and hitting new highs every day but the fatality rate is very low compared to global average. To save human lives in the absence of any vaccine or antidote, government of India like any other countries adopted extraordinary measures like extensive lockdowns to slowdown the pace of the transmission of the virus. This in turn restricted the freedom of movement, and freedom to enjoy many other human rights. These measures inadvertently affected people’s livelihoods and security, their access to health care, to food, water, sanitation, work, education including their leisure. The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the vulnerability of the least protected in society. Effective measures must be taken to mitigate the unintended consequences resulted from Covid-19 restrictions. This volume has made an attempt to analyse the human rights violation of the individuals and what policy measures the government of India must take in order to address this situation. The book has been divided into four parts. Part-I provides a theoretical analysis of human rights, Part-II discusses the poor Indian economy during the Covid-19 pandemic and the vulnerability of migrant workers, Part-III elaborates the deep rooted problems of gender violence in patriarchal societies like India amid Covid-19 on Indian educational system and the adoption of e-learning by several institutions. The edited volume may be an useful guide for the human rights activists and practitioners, academicians, researchers, students, civil society activists and other luminaries.