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Centre for Democracy, Pluralism and Human Rights (CDPHR) is an organisation broadly working in the area of human rights. Our motto is- equality, dignity and justice for every individual on this planet. We are committed to advocate values of democracy and pluralism for a conducive environment for equality, dignity and justice. We endeavour to voice out human rights violations of individuals, groups and communities so as ultimately viable solutions maybe worked on. We dream of a world that accepts pluralistic ways of life, tradition and worship through democratic means and practices.
CDPHR envisions an equitable and inclusive society based on dignity, justice, liberty, freedom, trust, hope, peace, prosperity and adherence to law of land. We believe that multiple sections of societies are deprived of basic human rights and violation of their social, political, economic, religious and developmental rights is a sad reality. We consider that advocacy, education and intervention are required from multiple fronts to ensure an all-inclusive and just society.
Our mission is to promote and aid in establishing democratic and pluralistic societies and realisation of human rights. To achieve this, broadly the following specific objectives have been set:
- To espouse all adoptable frameworks of advocacy, education and policy intervention to realise the stated mission.
- To promote and advocate human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without any discrimination of race, religion, caste, gender, colour, and language.
- To keep a watch on issues of human rights violations globally and present their authentic analytical documentation.
- To use conferences, seminars, meetings, discussions, debates, study courses, collection of statistics, exhibitions, shows, tour trips, publications etc. for ensuring education, advocacy and outreach
- To engage actively with governments, and national and international human rights organisations to promote national integration, communal harmony, universal fellowship and global peace.
- To develop and mobilise community and natural resources so as to be harnessed for sustainable overall development of the marginalised and economically weaker sections of the society.
- To promote a culture of democratic values and pluralism in the face of particularistic tensions related to race, religion, gender and class.
- To study the effects of draconian laws and unlawful use of states’ machinery and force by enforcement agencies and submit reports to appropriate authorities.
- To support democratic and economic reforms through the UN framework in countries coming out of totalitarian control.
CDPHR trustees and the team members consist of academics, lawyers, judges, rapporteurs, community activists, human rights defenders, journalists and independent researchers who have an established repute in their respective areas of expertise. Essentially, we are a team of socially sensitive intellectuals who wish to bring about a positive change in the lives of people deprived of minimum dignity and equality. Some of the team members have rich experience in researching and writing on issues of contemporary social interest. A few others have had long social commitments. In addition to the core organisational team, CDPHR plans to expand further and add to the human resources pool.