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Jan Mitra Nyas

Varanasi, India
Joined March 2019

To establish a true, vibrant and fully entrenched democratic society through Jan Mitra concept where there shall be no violation of civil rights granted to a citizen by the state.



Presence in: India
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Peace-building, Women's Rights

People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) started in 1996 as a membership based human rights movement in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), one of the most traditional, conservative and segregated regions in India. PVCHR works to ensure basic rights for marginalized groups in the Indian society, e.g. children, women, Dalits and tribes and to create a human rights culture based on democratic values. PVCHR ideology is inspired by the father of the Dalit movement, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, who struggled against Brahmanism and the caste hierarchical system prevailing in India.

In 1999, PVCHR formed the public charitable trust Jan Mitra Nyas (JMN) to monitor and evaluate activities, to operate the bank account and to enable the organisation to have official clearance for receiving foreign grants.

here will be five program committees under the management committee. The five program committees will be the following:

o Comprehensive program for survivors of torture and Organized Violence

o Comprehensive program for model villages and model blocks
o Comprehensive program for women and children sectors
o Program for national lobby, campaign and advocacy Program for

international solidarity, partnership and networking

People Associated With This Organization

Lenin Raghuvanshi

India  
Jan Mitra Nyas
Joined March 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Labor & Employment, Peace-building, Women's Rights
Lenin Raghuvanshi is a Dalit rights activist from India and is one of the founding members of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights. He is working with the survivors of torture for more than 25 years. He developed Testimonial Therapy along with Dr. Inger Agger and conceptualized the idea of torture free model villages and blocks. He developed more than 100 torture free model villages and more than 500 child friendly villages.

He is representing PVCHR in various forums such as Global India and providing his grassroot learning and experience.

Lenin frequently contribute articles in local, national and international magazine and online websites. His latest book, Justice, Liberty, Equality: Dalits in Independent India.


His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Special Mentions Prize of Human Rights of The French Republic.”
Lenin Raghuvanshi is the network champion (main point of contact) for Jan Mitra Nyas.

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