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Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)

New Delhi, India
Joined April 2012
Presence in: India

HRLN is a network of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights, struggle against violations and insure equal access to justice for all. HRLN defines rights to include civil and political rights as well as economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. As a group of lawyers HRLN does not have the capacity to work directly with poor and deprived communities. The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), which is a division of SLIC, collaborates with social movements, human rights organisations, and grass-roots development groups to enforce the rights of deprived people and communities. HRLN has 24 units operating in all the States of India.

HRLN’s major target group is issue based civil society organisations and social movements providing legal training, advice and support on human rights and on use of the law as a tool for social change and justice.

The other major target group is the judiciary, whose attitudes and approaches towards the poor and marginalised need to be radically changed. As HRLN is recognized by the judiciary as a responsible NGO consisting of professional lawyers dedicated to providing free legal aid to the poor, it has access to members of the judiciary at all levels from the lowest courts to the Supreme Court. Through the medium of judicial colloquiums (trainings) HRLN has already begun influencing the thinking of judges on critical issues. In addition police and government officials will also be trained on human rights to reorient their thinking and services to deprived people and communities.

The final beneficiaries are deprived communities and poor people. Priority of HRLN’s work is to strengthen the equal rights of Dalit (outcastes), adivasi (indigenous) and Muslim communities, as well as women, children, people with disabilities, people affected by HIV/AIDS, prisoners and refugees.

People Associated With This Organization

Douglas Wyatt

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)
Joined February 2016
Interests: Criminal Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice
American Attorney working in India with the Human Rights Law Network. Litigation experience with Housing Rights, Right to Education, Political Rights, Disability Rights and Prisoner Rights. Previous experience with Community-Based Paralegal program in Sierra Leone.

Kartikeya Bahadur

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment
I am a human rights lawyer based out of Mumbai (India). After completing my LLM in Access to Justice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, I started working with Human Rights Law Network which is a collective of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights in India and the sub-continent. Since my association with HRLN, I have handled cases pertaining to various issues including labour matters, housing rights, mental health, LGBTQ rights etc.

I am looking forward to learning from examples of different developing countries as to understand how they have created a convergence between people, civil society and the legal fraternity in order to strengthen the justice delivery in my country.

Shodhika Sharma

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)
Joined June 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment
I am an advocate practicing in the Dist. courts and High court of Delhi, as well as in the Supreme Court of India. I am currently working with Human Rights Law Network at its Delhi office.

I gained my masters in law from symbiosis law school, Pune while specialising in Human Rights Law.

While working at HRLN I have assisted Supreme Court senior counsel Mr. Colin Henry Gonsalves in few of the environmental protection matters as well as on land acquisition matters.

I am keen to stay updated on the grassroots level movements on these issues as well as intend to hone my socio-legal expertise on the above said issues.

Thus, I look forward to be registered with Namati!

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