Citizens Against Hate

Citizens Against Hate is a collective of individuals and groups committed to a secular, democratic, and caring India. We challenge rising hate, intolerance and divisiveness in the country. Hate has spilled onto our streets with a spate of violent crimes against vulnerable populations – minorities, dalits, and women among others  – and those who speak for them. This is a further jump from the long history of hate crime against the vulnerable groups. Together, we aim to ensure that our country’s high ideals and aspirations of equality, secularism, and democracy are not compromised by hate ideologies and vested interests.

Our work is two-fold: assistance and advocacy. Through assistance, we seek to provide practical help to victims of hate crimes, reaching out to their families to rebuild their lives and support them in their fight for justice. Through advocacy we aim to counter hate in all its forms – with research, outreach and litigation – besides bringing together the many voices that speak for peace, tolerance, and unity, creating a supporting, caring circle.

Citizens Against Hate is an expanding network. We look forwarding to working with other like-minded groups and initiatives for pluralism and unity, and against hate and divisiveness.

Justice and Rehabilitation

Citizens Against Hate launched its Justice and Rehabilitation Project for victims of lynchings and other hate crimes on October 2nd, 2017. The Project hopes to take the practical agenda of CAH forward and provide practical assistance to the families of those killed. Phase 1 begins with 9 survivor families in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana – and to provide them with legal aid and livelihood support.

That day, a team of 12, comprising activists, lawyers, and social workers travelled from Delhi to to Daasna (Ghaziabad, UP) and Punhana (Nuh, Haryana). We met with 9 survivor families, and local lawyers, social activists and community members. The aim of the visit was to share our plans – in terms of legal aid and livelihood support for survivor families – with all stakeholders, develop consensus on their practicalities, and roll out work.

CAH Draft Plan

Evidence Building & Advocacy
  •  Lynching Without End: Report of Fact Finding Into Religiously Motivated Vigilante Violence In India
  • CAH join statement at United Nation’s Human Right’s Council’s Universal Periodic Review of India – 21st September 2017 UPR Statement
  • CAH fact finding on recent encounter death in Nuh, Haryana.

Citizens Against Hate is a collective of individuals and groups committed to a secular, democratic, caring India. It seeks to provide practical help to victims of hate crime, and to counter, through research, outreach, advocacy and litigation, hate in all its forms.

Quill Foundation – Founded in 2015, Quill Foundation is an autonomous institution engaging in research and advocacy in India. Quill’s core work revolves around pertinent issues of human rights, justice, and equity, faced by the underprivileged sections of the people of India, especially Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, women, sexual minorities and differently-abled persons. Presently, the Delhi based Law and Human Rights Cell (LHRC), under Quill, seeks to examine the many ways in which legal and judicial processes form the context of everyday injustices. And how the interface between law and the social world, constitutes citizens differently in terms of access to rights and justice. The underlying philosophy is the preamble and the fundamental rights of the constitution of India. Our slogan is “Back to the Constitution”.

Aman Biradari Trust – Aman Biradari is a people’s campaign for a secular, peaceful, just and humane world. It aspires to build local level institutions mainly of youth and women, of diverse faith, caste and gender, at village and district levels to strengthen mutual bonds of tolerance, fraternity, respect and peace between people of different religious groups, caste and language groups, to promote equal citizenship, justice, communal harmony, peace, and the celebration of our social and cultural diversity.

Misaal – Misaal (‘example’, a ‘model’, ‘paragon’, in Hindustani) is a national network of activists, volunteers, community based organisations, social enterprises, research centres, advocacy groups, and concerned citizens’ groups, local and national, working with and for marginalized communities and other weaker sections, minorities, dalits and adivasis – to enable change. Misaal is housed in Aman Biradari – Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi.

Misaal – Misaal (‘example’, a ‘model’, ‘paragon’, in Hindustani) is a national network of activists, volunteers, community based organisations, social enterprises, research centres, advocacy groups, and concerned citizens’ groups, local and national, working with and for marginalized communities and other weaker sections, minorities, dalits and adivasis – to enable change. Misaal is housed in Aman Biradari – Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi.

New Delhi-based Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) was started in 2002 out of the deep understanding that marginalised communities living in socio-economic backwardness and information poverty can be empowered to improve their lives on their own, simply by providing them access to information and knowledge on using digital tools. And so, in 2002, DEF was registered as a not-for-profit organisation under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, to carry out this mission of empowering people digitally.

Today, DEF is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D). Its Founder and Director, Osama Manzar, is globally recognised as an expert in this field and he, or DEF as an organisation, is a member of several national and international government and non-government bodies, expert panels and task forces engaged in promoting a digitally-empowered and information-rich society.

Yuva Ekta Jagruk Manch, Nuh, Haryana – Works for human rights and against hate crimes in Mewat, Haryana

Afkar India Foundation, Kandhla, Shamli, UP – AIF strengthen the voices of marginalized sections of society against injustice and inequality by organizing and supporting them to actively demand their constitutional rights and citizenship entitlements

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Citizens Against Hate is a collective of individuals and groups committed to a secular, democratic, and caring India. We challenge rising hate, intolerance and divisiveness in the country. Hate has spilled onto our streets with a spate of violent crimes against vulnerable populations – minorities, dalits, and women among others  – and those who speak for them. This is a further jump from the long history of hate crime against the vulnerable groups. Together, we aim to ensure that our country’s high ideals and aspirations of equality, secularism, and democracy are not compromised by hate ideologies and vested interests.

Our work is two-fold: assistance and advocacy. Through assistance, we seek to provide practical help to victims of hate crimes, reaching out to their families to rebuild their lives and support them in their fight for justice. Through advocacy we aim to counter hate in all its forms – with research, outreach and litigation – besides bringing together the many voices that speak for peace, tolerance, and unity, creating a supporting, caring circle.

Citizens Against Hate is an expanding network. We look forwarding to working with other like-minded groups and initiatives for pluralism and unity, and against hate and divisiveness.

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Justice and Rehabilitation

Citizens Against Hate launched its Justice and Rehabilitation Project for victims of lynchings and other hate crimes on October 2nd, 2017. The Project hopes to take the practical agenda of CAH forward and provide practical assistance to the families of those killed. Phase 1 begins with 9 survivor families in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana – and to provide them with legal aid and livelihood support.

That day, a team of 12, comprising activists, lawyers, and social workers travelled from Delhi to to Daasna (Ghaziabad, UP) and Punhana (Nuh, Haryana). We met with 9 survivor families, and local lawyers, social activists and community members. The aim of the visit was to share our plans – in terms of legal aid and livelihood support for survivor families – with all stakeholders, develop consensus on their practicalities, and roll out work.

CAH Draft Plan

Evidence Building & Advocacy
  •  Lynching Without End: Report of Fact Finding Into Religiously Motivated Vigilante Violence In India
  • CAH join statement at United Nation’s Human Right’s Council’s Universal Periodic Review of India – 21st September 2017 UPR Statement
  • CAH fact finding on recent encounter death in Nuh, Haryana.
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Citizens Against Hate is a collective of individuals and groups committed to a secular, democratic, caring India. It seeks to provide practical help to victims of hate crime, and to counter, through research, outreach, advocacy and litigation, hate in all its forms.

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Quill Foundation – Founded in 2015, Quill Foundation is an autonomous institution engaging in research and advocacy in India. Quill’s core work revolves around pertinent issues of human rights, justice, and equity, faced by the underprivileged sections of the people of India, especially Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, women, sexual minorities and differently-abled persons. Presently, the Delhi based Law and Human Rights Cell (LHRC), under Quill, seeks to examine the many ways in which legal and judicial processes form the context of everyday injustices. And how the interface between law and the social world, constitutes citizens differently in terms of access to rights and justice. The underlying philosophy is the preamble and the fundamental rights of the constitution of India. Our slogan is “Back to the Constitution”.

Aman Biradari Trust – Aman Biradari is a people’s campaign for a secular, peaceful, just and humane world. It aspires to build local level institutions mainly of youth and women, of diverse faith, caste and gender, at village and district levels to strengthen mutual bonds of tolerance, fraternity, respect and peace between people of different religious groups, caste and language groups, to promote equal citizenship, justice, communal harmony, peace, and the celebration of our social and cultural diversity.

Misaal – Misaal (‘example’, a ‘model’, ‘paragon’, in Hindustani) is a national network of activists, volunteers, community based organisations, social enterprises, research centres, advocacy groups, and concerned citizens’ groups, local and national, working with and for marginalized communities and other weaker sections, minorities, dalits and adivasis – to enable change. Misaal is housed in Aman Biradari – Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi.

Misaal – Misaal (‘example’, a ‘model’, ‘paragon’, in Hindustani) is a national network of activists, volunteers, community based organisations, social enterprises, research centres, advocacy groups, and concerned citizens’ groups, local and national, working with and for marginalized communities and other weaker sections, minorities, dalits and adivasis – to enable change. Misaal is housed in Aman Biradari – Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi.

New Delhi-based Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) was started in 2002 out of the deep understanding that marginalised communities living in socio-economic backwardness and information poverty can be empowered to improve their lives on their own, simply by providing them access to information and knowledge on using digital tools. And so, in 2002, DEF was registered as a not-for-profit organisation under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, to carry out this mission of empowering people digitally.

Today, DEF is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D). Its Founder and Director, Osama Manzar, is globally recognised as an expert in this field and he, or DEF as an organisation, is a member of several national and international government and non-government bodies, expert panels and task forces engaged in promoting a digitally-empowered and information-rich society.

Yuva Ekta Jagruk Manch, Nuh, Haryana – Works for human rights and against hate crimes in Mewat, Haryana

Afkar India Foundation, Kandhla, Shamli, UP – AIF strengthen the voices of marginalized sections of society against injustice and inequality by organizing and supporting them to actively demand their constitutional rights and citizenship entitlements