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People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) was established in 1996 as a membership based human rights movement in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), one of the most traditional, conservative and segregated regions in India. PVCHR works to ensure basic rights for marginalised groups in Indian society, e.g. children, women, Dalits and tribes to create a human rights culture based on democratic values. PVCHR ideology is inspired by the father of the Dalit movement, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, who struggled against Brahmanism and the caste hierarchical system that prevails in India. In 1999, PVCHR formed the public charitable trust Jan Mitra Nyas (JMN) to monitor and evaluate activities, to operate a bank account and to enable the organisation to have official clearance for receiving grants.
General Information:

Areas of work:

We highlight the voice of weavers at the national and international level. We also empower groups to speak out and bring forward their issues and challenges. We build a democratic structure for the ‘Voiceless’ to enable access to the constitutional guarantees promoting a human rights culture.

PVCHR uses accurate investigation and documentation of human rights violations connected with advocacy, publication and networking on a local, national and international level. We established the Activist Knowledge Center for the creation of non-violent and democratic communities.

Main lines of work:

The PVCHR had categorised its work under five comprehensive programmes as per the organisation’s strategy 2015-2018:
• Comprehensive programme for survivors of torture and organised
• Comprehensive programme for model villages and model blocks;
• Comprehensive programme for women and children;
• Programme for national lobby, campaign and advocacy; and
• Programme for international solidarity, partnership and networking.

Contact Person:

Lenin Raghuvanshi (Founder and CEO):




SA 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi

More about the recent world of PVCHR and its founder, Mr. Lenin Reghuvanshi, can be found at:

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Submission by PVCHR regarding India for the Universal Periodic Rev...

By: Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)

Submission from PVCHR to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding India for Universal Periodic Review 13th session

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Margins to Centre Stage : Empowering Dalits in India

By: Archana Kaushik; Shruti Nagvanshi

In India, life of millions of Dalits, even today, is characterised by long, consistent struggle from cradle to grave. Their life is defined by caste-discrimination, exploitation, abuse, and denial of basic right to life with resources for survival – food, shelter, clothing, livelihood, and education. Sufferings and pains associated with vicious cycle of poverty continue for generations together. Margins to Centre Stage: Empowering Dalits in India chronicles the proces...

"To all those who have struggled for human rights, justice and equality . . . and dreamt of a loving, caring and egalitarian society . . ."

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