Who We Are
The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) is a collective of lawyers and social activists in 26 states in India, dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights, struggle against violations, and ensure access to justice for all.
HRLN views the legal system as a limited but crucial instrument for realising human rights. We believe that large scale struggles against human rights violations have to be waged by social and political movements, and that the legal system can play a significant supportive role in these struggles.
We participate in the struggle for rights of the marginalized through various activities including public interest litigation, advocacy, legal awareness programmes, investigations into violations and publishing ‘know your rights’ materials.
*Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) is a division of the Socio-Legal Information Centre (SLIC). SLIC is a non-profit legal aid and educational organization, registered under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860, Indian Public Trust Act, 1950 and the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, 1976.
Create a justice delivery system that is accessible, efficient, accountable, affordable, and pro poor.
What we do
- Provide pro bono legal services to marginalized people and make justice accessible to them.
- Undertake public interest litigation (PIL) to advance the state of human rights in the country.
- Engage in advocacy to fight oppression, structural or by any individual or an organised group.
- Conduct legal awareness programmes to empower the civil society with knowledge about the judiciary.
- Undertake investigation into environment and human rights violations through Indian/Independent Peoples Tribunals.
- Provide people access to justice through Indian/Independent People’s Tribunals (IPTs)
- Investigate human rights violations across the country and create provisions to bring the perpetrators to justice.
- Conduct Lectures, workshops and short courses are organised for personnel of various government departments, including the police.
- Publish ‘know your rights’ materials for civilians to inform them about their rights.
- Participate in grassroots and social development movements.
What we don’t do
We do not represent:
- An employers against an employee when such case concerns terms and conditions of the employment
- A non-Dalit against a Dalit in which allegations of atrocity as defined in the Prevention of Atrocities Act are made against him/her
- Government organizations against individuals except in matters of rape and child sexual abuse
- A man against whom allegations of sexual harassment, molestation, rape or other sexual abuse are made
- Organizations/individuals accused of polluting/harming the environment
- A person from a majority community in which allegations of communal hatred are made against him