Newly Elected Office Bearers
- Prof Nagai BaabayyaBangaluru – Chairperson
- Dr. John Dayal New Delhi – Vice Chairperson
- Ad KP MuhammedShareef – Vice Chairperson
- Prof P Koya – General Secretary
- Adv. A Mohamed Yusuff Madurai – Secretary
- RenyAylineThiruvanathpuram –Secretary
- Prof. Shamsul Islam, Delhi University – Treasurer
National Executive Members
- Prof. N. Ramesh, Bangaluru
- Gowri Lankesh, Bangaluru
- NarendraMohanty, Bubhaneswar
- P Ahmed Shareef, Calicut
- Ponniah Chandran, Coimbatore
- AK Akodia, Jaipur
- N M Siddik, Kochi
- Ko. Sugumaran, Puducherry
- Prof. A Marx, Chennai
- KuttyRevathi, Chennai
- SreenivasaRao, Hyderabad
- Adv.Jagadeesh, Bangalore
- Mohamed Kakinje, Mangalore
WHAT IS NCHRO?
The Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (CHRO) was established as an umbrella body of various human rights and civil rights organizations and activists in May 1997 at Calicut in a largely attended national conference on human rights organized by erstwhile National Development Front, Kerala. The founders wanted to take human rights activities to the people rather than holding occasional seminars and indoor meetings on Dec 10, International Human Rights Day as a weekend pastime of jurists, retired officials and their ilk. The common people were the focus for they were mainly the victims of rights violations due to high handedness of the authorities especially the police and ignorance of law.
The first cahaiman of CHRO was K Panur veteran activist who first highlighted the plight of Adivasis in Wayanad District,Kerala.Mukundan C Menon, the renowned journalist became the first general secretary.
In earlier days the confederation restricted its activities to Kerala. The necessity of strengthening human rights defenders and the need for a better coordination of the ongoing efforts in various parts of the country was discussed in various meetings held at New Delhi, Bangalore, Calicut and Trivandrum and it was decided to make the confederation a pan –Indian movement. In a meeting held in Mumbai on 26 June 2007 CHRO became national. Justice Hospet Suresh was the chairman Ad K P Muhammd Shareef, the general secretary.
The confederation seeks to function as a collective body of human, democratic and civil rights organizations/ non- governmental bodies as well as of the concerned individuals in order to achieve the following broad objectives through coordinated and collective activity. It is apolitical and is concerned with rights violations of all hues.
Aims and Objects
To unite and act against all forms of violations perpetrated against the basic rights, whether natural or constitutional, of the traditionally oppressed, suppressed and exploited sections within the society, namely Dalits, Adivasis, minorities, Backward Classes, women and children.
To collectively protest against all forms of state repression and violation of existing laws, as well as to protect the interests of all victims of such violations through set legal remedies guaranteed by the Constitution of India.
To create awareness of human rights and raise mass consciousness against human rights violations by undertaking public campaigns like bringing out regular information bulletins, setting- up documentation centres, publishing books, and organizing seminars, public meetings, symposia, debates, discussions, etc. at different places of the country and also through human rights watch groups established for the purpose.
To help all people who face hardship in and outside the country as victims of various forms of violation, and /or state neglect / apathy through legal remedies, and/or by putting pressure on state / central authorities to act for their protection and safety, as well as by seeking the help of like – minded human rights bodies functioning inside or outside the country.
Any adult Indian citizen can become member of the confederation provided he/she subscribes to aims and objects of the Confederation and is ready to work to achieve the said objects on payment of membership as prescribed by the Confederation from time to time.
Any organization or institution subscribing to the aims and objects of the Confederation can become member of the confederation.
The activities include public campaigns, fact-finding missions, publications, workshops, awareness campaigns and networking with other rights bodies and activists.
NCHRO has chapters in Kerala.Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, New Delhi and Odisha and has become the largest human rights organization in the country.
The current office bearers are the following:
Prof. Nagari Babayya Chairperson
76, 3rd stage Vinayaka Layout
2nd Main 2nd cross
Vijaya Nagar 560040
Ad. KP Muhammed Shareef Vice Chairperson
Yasjud Melakkam School Road
Manjery 676123 Kerala
Prof. P Koya General Secretary
Islamic Youth Centre
5/3274A Bank Road
Calicut 673001 Kerala
Ad. A Mohd Yusuf Secretary
23 Sungam Pallivasal Street
Reny Ayline Secretary
Placida, ARA50 TC NO:2/918
Prof. Shamsul Islam - Treasurer
NO: 1 Staff Qrtrs
Sathyavathi College Campus
For further information visit our site www.nchro.org
NEW DELHI OFFICE
N-44, Hilal Homes, 2nd Stage, Ground Floor, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi 110025
Based in Kerala, the Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (CHRO) stand to protect, uphold and strengthen the rights of traditionally exploited and oppressed marginalized social segments of Tribals, Dalits, Minorities, Backward Castes, Women, Children and victims of State Violations.
CHRO (Confederation of Human Rights Organizations) was formed in 1997, as an effort to have a common platform for of individuals and organizations that have been fighting for the cause of human rights in Kerala.
CHRO was formed to serve as a means of maintaining liaison, exchanging information, and coordinating activities among indviduals as well as organizations in order to improve the efficiency of human rights concerns in Kerala.
With uncompromising opposition against the present Hindutva Fascist threats, CHRO work strictly beyond party-vote-power politics. Basically a coordinating body of like-minded groups and individuals, CHRO function independently without depending upon either State or Foreign Funds. All those who agree with this basic concept, and especially Keralites anywhere in the world, are welcome to join CHRO.
If you would like to work with CHRO, please mail us your brief profile to:
In 2004, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) acknowledged the help rendered by CHRO in conducting the Kerala/Indian part of the study of its 135 page report on Migrant workers abused in Saudi Arabia..
HRW report says:
"Mukundan C. Menon, Secretary-General of the nongovernmental Confederation of Human Rights Organizations of Kerala (CHRO), carried out advance work for this report in Kerala state in India in 2003 as a consultant to Human Rights Watch. He accompanied Ms. Sherry in Kerala in November and December 2003, and served as an indefatigable interpreter and logistician. Human Rights Watch acknowledges his efforts with deep appreciation and those of his CHRO colleagues throughout the state, who helped arrange meetings with returned migrant workers and families of Keralites who were executed or are still imprisoned in Saudi Arabia."
The 135-page report, "Bad Dreams: Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia". was authored by Ms. Virginia N. Sherry, Associate Director of HRW's Middle East and North Africa Division.