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Preamble to the Constitution of India

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

1. Everyone is free and we should all be treated in the same way.

2. Everyone is equal despite differences in skin colour, sex, religion, language for example.

3. Everyone has the right to life and to live in freedom and safety.

4. No one has the right to treat you as a slave nor should you make anyone your slave.

5. No one has the right to hurt you or to torture you.

6. Everyone has the right to be treated equally by the law.

7. The law is the same for everyone, it should be applied in the same way to all.

8. Everyone has the right to ask for legal help when their rights are not respected.

9. No one has the right to imprison you unjustly or expel you from your own country.

10. Everyone has the right to a fair and public trial.

11. Everyone should be considered innocent until guilt is proved.

12. Every one has the right to ask for help if someone tries to harm you, but no-one can enter your home, open your letters or bother you or your family without a good reason.

13. Everyone has the right to travel as they wish.

14. Everyone has the right to go to another country and ask for protection if they are being persecuted or are in danger of being persecuted.

15. Everyone has the right to belong to a country. No one has the right to prevent you from belonging to another country if you wish to.

16. Everyone has the right to marry and have a family.

17. Everyone has the right to own property and possessions.

18. Everyone has the right to practise and observe all aspects of their own religion and change their religion if they want to.

19. Everyone has the right to say what they think and to give and receive information.

20. Everyone has the right to take part in meetings and to join associations in a peaceful way.

21. Everyone has the right to help choose and take part in the government of their country.

22. Everyone has the right to social security and to opportunities to develop their skills.

23. Everyone has the right to work for a fair wage in a safe environment and to join a trade union.

24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure.

25. Everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living and medical help if they are ill.

26. Everyone has the right to go to school.

27. Everyone has the right to share in their community's cultural life.

28. Everyone must respect the 'social order' that is necessary for all these rights to be available.

29. Everyone must respect the rights of others, the community and public property.

30. No one has the right to take away any of the rights in this declaration.
Right to Equality

Article 14 :- Equality before law and equal protection of law

Article 15 :- Prohibition of discrimination on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.

Article 16 :- Equality of opportunity in matters of public employment

Article 17 :- End of untouchability

Article 18 :- Abolition of titles, Military and academic distinctions are, however, exempted

Right to Freedom

Article 19 :- It guarantees the citizens of India the following six fundamentals freedoms:-
1. Freedom of Speech and Expression
2. Freedom of Assembly
3. Freedom of form Associations
4. Freedom of Movement
5. Freedom of Residence and Settlement
6. Freedom of Profession, Occupation, Trade and Bussiness

Article 20 :- Protection in respect of conviction for offences

Article 21 :- Protection of life and personal liberty

Article 22 :- Protection against arrest and detention in certain cases

Right Against Exploitation

Article 23 :- Traffic in human beings prohibited

Article 24 :- No child below the age of 14 can be employed

Right to freedom of Religion

Article 25 :- Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion

Article 26 :- Freedom to manage religious affairs

Article 27 :- Prohibits taxes on religious grounds

Article 28 :- Freedom as to attendance at religious ceremonies in certain educational institutions

Cultural and Educational Rights

Article 29 :- Protection of interests of minorities

Article 30 :- Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions

Article 31 :- Omitted by the 44th Amendment Act

Right to Constitutional Remedies

Article 32 :- The right to move the Supreme Court in case of their violation (called Soul and heart of the Constitution by BR Ambedkar) Forms of Writ check

Habeas Corpus :- Equality before law and equal protection of law

About Us

Civil Society Forum on Human Rights (CSFHR) is an Odisha state level platform of organisations and activists committed to the rights inherent to all human beings, irrespective of one’s  nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, caste, language, or any other status and engaged in the protection, promotion and fulfilment of the same. Presently, it works to facilitate the CSO activists to share each others’ experiences and add to the collective strengths of the civil society actors towards human rights.

CSFHR is a result of collective response to Kandhamal communal violence that took place in 2007 initiated by NAWO, SFDC, Jana Vikas and CSNR and strengthened by many other organisations and individuals. With active support of more than 30 organisations and many individuals from different corners of Odisha, it has established alliance with a number of different credible groups and forums from national and international level.

It is a not-profit collective believes in secularism, democracy and justice. It builds up with universal values pronounced though Universal Declaration of Human Rights and fundamental rights of Indian Constitution.It does not have any affiliation to any religious group or political party directly or indirectly.

CSFHR envisions ‚ÄėA society where each human being, irrespective of one‚Äôs nationality, place of residence, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, caste, language, or any other status is provided with fullest conditions to successfully enjoy all the rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants and enforceable by courts in India‚Äô. CSFHR associates along some civil society organizations started working together since 26th December 2007 for defending the rights of the victims of Kandhamal violence in particular and rights of religious minorities general are continuing to work at Kandhamal level as well as state level. Individually or collectively they have already undertaken a number of activities such as -
  • Regular information collection and dissemination
  • Fact finding visits
  • Facilitating a civil society network as citizens‚Äô committee on communal harmony
  • Instituting¬† people‚Äôs tribunals
  • Relief and peace building activities
  • Capacity building of peace activists and volunteers
  • Workshop for peace and conflict resolution
  • Dialogue with victims, community leaders, journalists for peace
  • Facilitated dialogues in between adivasi and dalit leaders
  • Advocacy/lobby with political parties, administrators, legislators
  • Alliance building with national and international organizations
  • Study on land related problems in Kandhamal
  • Documentation of people‚Äôs efforts for peace during Kandhamal violence
  • Sensitisation of media persons/writers
  • Development of people‚Äôs manifesto in the context of violence in Kandhamal (before parliamentary and assembly election)
  • Resource centre started functioning in Bhubaneswar
  • Facilitating formation of survivors‚Äô association
The Goal of CSFHR is to reach a condition where the marginalized communities in Odisha have an increased level of protection of their human rights. As intermediate objectives it will strengthen the human rights defenders (CSOs and Individuals) to respond human rights violations collectively systematically with better documentation of cases and proper use of available democratic institutions and procedures. It also works for the people who lost their houses and properties during violence in Kandhamal to enable them to avail due justice.
  • CSO Networking and Alliance Building
  • Awareness Building and Capacity building
  • Fact Finding, Documentation and Monitoring of Human rights situation
  • Research and Documentation
  • People centered Advocacy
  • Information Collection and Dissemination