The Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR) is a non-partisan, non-governmental Indian research and advocacy organization based in New Delhi, India. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860. (Registration No. S.38721 of 2002). CDHR aims to promote social and global justice through human rights. We seek to strengthen the field of all human rights, developing the tools for achieving their respect, protection and fulfillment. While we recognize the interdependence and indivisibility of all human rights, our special focus is on economic, social and cultural rights, which concern essential values for a life of dignity and freedom – food, education, health, housing, social security, and work, among others.
Our work is guided not only by the vision and principles established by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, but also by M.K.(Mahatma) Gandhi’s concept of Swaraj, or ‘self rule,’ which we regard as a source of inspiration in our mission to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights, and to promote a human rights-based framework for development.
To raise national and international awareness of the growing convergence between human rights and development.
To promote the mainstreaming of human rights in all economic, social and cultural decision-making, by both state and non-state actors, in India and beyond.
To build capacities of people, networks and organizations, within and beyond the human rights movement in India, to use human rights as a framework for decision making and a tool of advocacy.
To build capacities of state and non-state actors in India, with the aim of improving their compliance with human rights standards, norms and best practices.
To monitor human rights compliance by state and non-state actors in India.
Our ACTIVITIES include:
- Developing research initiatives, independently or in collaboration with other organizations, that aim to bring current rules and practices, at both national and international levels, into better alignment with human rights principles
- Publishing the Rights & Development Bulletin – containing short, readable, open access articles on issues and themes relevant to the realization of our objectives
- Organizing public lectures, workshops, seminars and conferences in India on issues and themes germane to the realization of our objectives
- Building a digital data bank (the Rights & Development Portal) that provides resources for:
- Organizations, movements and networks in India and beyond with the aim of initiating and/or enhancing communication and collaboration between people committed to human rights objectives
- College instructors and university professors, in India and beyond, who teach in the area of human rights and development
- Human rights-oriented civil society groups in India, with the aim of enhancing such groups’ communication of human rights concepts and research to those who seek their expertise, services and support
- Indian policymakers and practitioners who seek to integrate human rights standards, norms and best practices into their work
- Developing methodologies to monitor human rights compliance by state and non state actors in India
Header photos by Mitu Sengupta: (1) Bird’ eye view of Delhi buildings, (2) Paddy fields in Mymensingh, Bangladesh