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People’s Watch

Presence in: India
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Livelihoods

From 1995-98, People’s Watch (A Program Unit of the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns) concentrated its activities on monitoring of human rights violations. This was the mandate of its governing body and the Program Advisory Board. It was soon realized that monitoring alone was insufficient. In 1998, People’s Watch began legal intervention on behalf of victims. By 2000, this work had grown and more field monitoring associates were hired at both zonal and regional levels. By 2001, People’s Watch was working in 11 areas of Tamil Nadu. Soon after, the need to launch a full-fledged awareness building Campaign for Human Rights became clear, and this was followed, soon afterward, by the realization that victim rehabilitation was also essential. Monitoring, intervention and even winning compensation from the courts was not enough for those who had survived torture, abuse and imprisonment. They desperately needed medical, psychological and vocational help as well. Preceding the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education, People’s Watch began a vigorous training and education program.

A society free from human rights violations and discrimination to be built through cultivating a human rights culture and building a participatory democracy.
Protection of human rights through monitoring human rights violations, intervention and building solidarity with peoples’ struggle for human rights.
Promoting human rights culture through education and conscientising the larger community.

People Associated With This Organization

Peoples' Watch

People’s Watch
Joined June 2016
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods
“Henri Tiphagne and his organization People’s Watch, are fighting to ensure the rights of others and yet they themselves are being harassed and hampered by the authorities. There are many other civil society organizations in India that are in a similar position. This award is therefore intended to send a strong signal of support to the whole of the Indian human rights movement.”

Henri Tiphagne is the founder of the organization People’s Watch, one of the most notable human rights organizations in India. People’s Watch has been researching and documenting human rights violations, as well as providing legal representation to those affected, for over 20 years. The organization also actively supports human rights education. In 1997, Henri Tiphagne founded an institute offering training for teachers as well as mentoring around school human rights education programmes. So far, they have managed to reach out to around 500,000 children in 18 Indian states.
Peoples' Watch is the network champion (main point of contact) for People’s Watch.

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