Human Rights Law Network
2nd floor, Above Mahesh Saloon
Satey Bazaar, Upper Sichey Area
Gangtok - 737101
Doma Bhutia 09434382200
Based in Gangtok, HRLN Sikkim Unit started in 2004 with a mission to use law against discrimination of poor and marginalised sections of society. We empower the poor with access to justice through legal aid and intervention. Those who can’t afford legal means or lack legal awareness look up to us for support and awareness. The unit works tirelessly on issues such as children, women, farmers, labourers, the displaced, HIV+ people and those who are victims of trafficking – a critical but common issue in this border state. The team collaborates with a number of local groups on these issues.
Though we work on most issues concerning human rights, main focus is on women’s justice, disability, child, labour, HIV+, anti–trafficking, and criminal justice. Collaborations include partnering with the Karnataka Unit on women’s justice, the Arunachal and Delhi Units on anti–trafficking issues and environmen issues with
the Kerala Unit. Outside partnerships include the NGO ASHI (Association for Social Health in India), which works on HIV/AIDS, women and children, adoption, maintenance and counselling through a centre and helpline.
The Sikkim Unit is credited with raising awareness of rights amongst society at large and with marginalised populations in particular. In addition to contributing to a shift towards a rights-based approach to state governance, the unit’s legal aid has provided measurable relief to women in distress, children in need of care and protection, and children in conflict with the law. The unit’s work on trafficking prevention has led to the designation of a special police officer for prevention of human trafficking and the effective implementation of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act – the two developments that will go a long way in addressing a problem that has reached critical level.