Covid-19 Response

Prior to the announcement of the National Lockdown on the 25th of March 2020, a number of courts had shut down in response to the present pandemic of COVID 19. Furthermore Human Rights Law Network cancelled a number of Consultations and Meetings that were to be held in the during this period. As soon as the lockdown was announced it became clear that human rights was a major concern that had to be dealt with, with people below the poverty line not being able to access food security schemes, women and lactating mothers not being able to access schemes for their reproductive health, migrant labourers being treated like dirt - the number of human rights violations that came to the forefront were very many.

Initially the courts seemed inapproachable, with lawyers and affected people attempting to figure out how the would issues be raised in court and proceedings would be conducted through video conferencing. Slowly but steadily HRLN lawyers started filing cases in court, one of the first cases filed were to provide relief to persons in prisons, which was followed closely with cases filed to address issues faced by migrant labourers.

Parallelly being socially conscious individuals lawyers and social activists realized the importance of giving direct aid to persons, lawyers and activists were involved in distribution of dry ration and grains, distribution of masks and sanitizers and in a number of places distribution of cooked food for those who were in urgent need of food. Through the network and through various partners, HRLN covered various marginalized populations including PLHIV, Transgender Persons, persons living in slums, migrant labourers among a range of people across the country

HRLN Lawyers and activists have been providing assistance, in terms of financial and other kinds of assistance through their own pockets and through partnering with organisations. It would be extremely helpful if you could donate any sum of money for the work that HRLN is doing. Every sum counts.
State Quarantine Centre in Deplorable Condition: Lekhi, Arunachal Pradesh

PIL 6 of 2020, Sange Dakpa Loda versus Union of India
Disposed off with directions

Covid-19 Ushered in a New Era of Government Surveillance

Covid-19 Ushered in a New Era of Government SurveillanceIn early December, after finding 16 people had illegally cross ...read more

Supreme Court orders Centre, States to submit affidavits on resumption of anganwadi services

The Supreme Court has directed the Centre and the States to submit detailed affidavits on the implementation of a Nove ...read more

COVID-19: SC seeks implementation of guidelines by Centre, states on Anganwadis

New Delhi November 28 (ANI): The Supreme Court has directed the Central government to file a detailed affidavit on t ...read more

Covid-19 and Prisoners Rights in Maharashtra

Archana Rupwate vs state of Maharashtra and others, Cri IA No. 1 OF 2020 In Cri PIL 15 of 2018.`
pending

SC stays surrender of 2,674 undertrials in Delhi

National Forum On Prison Reforms V Government Of Nct Of Delhi & Ors. With Case Diary No 23367 Of 2020
pending

HRLN files Amicus in before Republic of Uganda for establishing food reserves

MIsc Appeal in CIVIL APPEAL N0.______OF 2020 AND 1. CENTER FOR FOOD AND ADEQUATE LIVING RIGHTS (CEFROHT) 2. ATTORNEY GENERAL
Pending

Covid-19 doubles troubles for Himachal’s single women

Covid-19 doubles troubles for Himachal’s single women NGO urges CM to reduce bus fare, waive electricity dues for wom ...read more

Webinar on State Level Training on Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020- Gujarat

Webinar on State Level Training on Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020- Gujarat. The Government had ...read more

Forceful compulsory retirement of PLHIV during COVID 19

Subhash Verma Vs Commandent Battalion of Ujjain, W.P. No. 11487/2020
Pending

COVID Relief for Rohingya Refugees in Delhi

Fazal Abdali v. Government of NCT of Delhi W.P.(c) 3063 of 2020
Disposed Of

PIL Filed for disabled person in Madhya Pradesh during COVID-19

WP (PIL) 7794/2020 Akhilesh V/S State Of MP
Disposed

Report on Prisoners' rights - Response to COVID-19 pandemic in North-East India

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous measures have been taken across India by several stakeholders to contai ...read more

Webinar on effect of COVID 19 on transgender persons and using the law

Webinar on effect of COVID 19 on transgender persons and using the law. Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic there are a number ...read more

Patna High Court Order to ensure social and financial security to Transgender Persons

Veera Yadav vs Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar & Ors
Pending

COVID | Negotiating With 13 More Nations on Air Travel: Minister

COVID | Negotiating With 13 More Nations on Air Travel: MinisterThese countries include Australia, Italy, Japan, Bahrain ...read more

Using the Law for Human Rights in Arunachal Pradesh

On 18th July, the Human Rights Law Network, in collaboration with North East Support Centre & Helpline, Himalayan Un ...read more

Webinar on Report on Situation of Migrant Labours and Recent Labour Law Changes

Human Rights Law Network conducted a zoom Webinar on Situation of Migrant Labours and Recent Labour Law Changes . In the ...read more

PIL Filed for Migrant Labourers in Madhya Pradesh during COVID 19

Banddhua Mukti Morcha Vs. State of Madhya Pradehs, W.P. No (PIL) 7915/2020
Pending

Webinar on Prisoners’ Rights – Response to Covid -19 Pandemic in Northeast India

A webinar was held with focus on discussing the developments in the Northeast on prisoners’ rights during the pandemic ...read more

Pension Scheme for person with disability

Shekh Ahmed Aman versus State of Jharkhand and ors. [WPC/1422/2020]
Disposed

Report on the use of law for prisoners in Kerala

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) organized a webinar in coordination with Pravasi Legal Cell (PLC), Kerala Chapter o ...read more

Patna High Court takes cognisance of lack of availability of ART Drugs

Mr. ABC vs Executive Director (Health) cum Project Director, Bihar State AIDS Control Society, Bihar
Disposed off

Madhya Pradesh: PIL Filed for HIV Patient during COVID - 19

Shivdayal Vs. State of M.P., W.P. (PIL) No. 7615/2020
Disposed Off

Webinar on WB District Lawyers Training: Labour Rights - during COVID Lockdown

Human Rights Law Network conducted a zoom Webinar on WB District Lawyers Training: Labour Rights - during COVID Lockdo ...read more

Training on Refugee Rights and Discussion on the Issue of Migration in the Context of Northeast India

The Northeastern states of India have recently witnessed an upsurge of cases of Rohingyas. The Rohingyas claim to be ref ...read more

Covid 19 and the Use of Law

Prior to the announcement of the National Lockdown on 25 March 2020, a number of courts had shut down in response to the ...read more

Relief Work - Bihar Unit

HRLN team (Deepak Kumar Singh, Shashwat, Vishal and Fazal Abdali) initiated the identification of the vulnerable familie ...read more

right to food during covid

Rajan Kumar Singh Versus Union of India and ors. [WP(PIL) No. 1322/2020]
Disposed of

Relief Work - Assam Unit

The Assam Unit of HRLN has actively been providing assistance to their clients and provided dry ration to families stayi ...read more

Journalists laid off during Covid-19 Lockdown

National Alliance Of Journalists & Ors. vs Union Of India & Ors
Pending

Relief Work - Delhi Unit

As soon as the lockdown was announced on the 25th of March 2020, there were news reports flowing in of lack of access to ...read more

Urban Planning Response in Mumbai During the Covid-19 Lockdown

As the first phase (21 days) of the COVID-19 lockdown ends and an additional fortnight is imposed, the State of Maharash ...read more

Contagion of Covid 19 Virus in Prisons

Contagion of Covid 19 Virus in Prisons

Government Response to COVID 19 - Statewise Government Orders and Judicial Orders

In the wake of COVID 19, there were a number of emergency measures taken by governments both at the state and the centre ...read more

Rights of the marginalised in Gujarat

Ramesh Rajeshwar Shrivastav & Anr Versus Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation & Ors.

Marginalised and Urban Poor in Maharashtra : The Covid-19 Lockdown

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan & Ors. Vs. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai & Ors., PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (L) No. 22 OF 2020
Pending

Humanitarian Hinderance

Swami Agnivesh & Anr Vs Union of India & Ors

Rights of Transgender Persons during the Covid 19- Lockdown: Jharkhand

Amarjeet Singh Vs State of Jharkhand and Ors; W.P.(PIL) No. 1301 of 2020
Pending

The High Court of Judicature at Patna orders state government to provide medical facilities to HIV+ patients across the State in Bihar, and “available through the year”

Mr. ABC vs. Executive Director (Health) cum Project Director Bihar State Aids Control Society, Bihar and Ors. (CWJC 5692 of 2020)
Disposed Off

Covid Hospitals cannot arbitrary deny use of mobile phones

WP 5416 of 2020: Jaimin Rajani Versus The State of West Bengal
Disposed