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Bengaluru, May 21: The Biennial General Assembly of the National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) elected its new office-bearers here at the SCMI House, Bengaluru on Sunday. The delegates representing NCHRO State chapters, Exco members and Special invitees elected NCHRO’s leadership and Executive Council.

The elected National Office bearers are: -

1.    Prof. A Marx, Chennai - Chairperson

2      Ashok Kumari,  New Delhi - Vice Chairperson         

3.    Adv. KP Muhammed Shareef,  Manjeri - Vice Chairperson 

4.    Prof. P Koya, Calicut - General Secretary         

5.    Adv. A Muhammed Yusuf, Madurai - Secretary

6.    Reny Ayline, Trivandrum - Secretary     

7.    Narendra Mohatny, Odisha - Treasurer

8      Mohamed Janib, Bengaluru - National Coordinator

Executive Council :-

The NCHRO-Executive Council consists of 13 independent experts who have recognized competence in the field of human rights. Newly elected exco members are below :-

9.    Prof. R Ramesh, Bengaluru          

10.      Prof. Shamsul Islam, New Delhi  

11.      Prof. Nagari Babayya, Bengaluru

12.    A K. Ankodia, Rajasthan

13.    G. Sukumaran , Puduchery

14.    Ansar Indori, New Delhi    

15.    Sreenivasa Rao, Kurnool

16.    Jyoti Jagaobha Jagtap, Pune

17.    Vilayodi Shivankutty, Kerala

18.    Adv. Karthik Navayan,  Secundrabad

19.     Muhammed Kakkinje, Mangalore

20       Adv.  Saifan Shaikh, Pune

21          Adv Bhavani Mohan, Erode

Special Invitees:-

1.     Adv. S Balan, Bengaluru

2.    Adv. M A  Shakeel, Hyderabad

3.    Adv. B. Suresh Kumar, Hyderabad

4.    Sharafudheen M K, Kerala

5.    Rupali Jadhav, Pune

6.     Adv. Rajani Madurai 

7.     T Abdul Nasar, New Delhi
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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 chairman 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.


Individual Membership

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.

Organizational Membership

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:-

1.    Prof. A Marx, Chennai - Chairperson

2      Ashok Kumari,  New Delhi - Vice Chairperson        

3.    Adv. KP Muhammed Shareef,  Manjeri - Vice Chairperson

4.    Prof. P Koya, Calicut - General Secretary        

5.    Adv. A Muhammed Yusuf, Madurai - Secretary

6.    Reny Ayline, Trivandrum - Secretary    

7.    Narendra Mohatny, Odisha - Treasurer

8     Mohamed Janib, Bengaluru - National Coordinator

Executive Council :-

The NCHRO-Executive Council consists of 13 independent experts who have recognized competence in the field of human rights. Newly elected exco members are below :-

9.     Prof. R Ramesh, Bengaluru         

10.   Prof. Shamsul Islam, New Delhi 

11.   Prof. Nagari Babayya, Bengaluru

12.   A K. Ankodia, Rajasthan

13.   G. Sukumaran , Puduchery

14.   Ansar Indori, New Delhi   

15.   Sreenivasa Rao, Kurnool

16.   Jyoti Jagaobha Jagtap, Pune

17.   Vilayodi Shivankutty, Kerala

18.   Adv. Karthik Navayan,  Secundrabad

19.   Muhammed Kakkinje, Mangalore

20    Adv.  Saifan Shaikh, Pune

21    Adv Bhavani Mohan, Erode

Special Invitees:-

1.     Adv. S Balan, Bengaluru

2.    Adv. M A  Shakeel, Hyderabad

3.    Adv. B. Suresh Kumar, Hyderabad

4.    Sharafudheen M K, Kerala

5.    Rupali Jadhav, Pune

6.     Adv. Rajani Madurai

7.     T Abdul Nasar, New Delhi

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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.

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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.


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