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ahmedabad@hrln.org

Following an earthquake in the Kutchh district in 2001, an office was set-up as part of HRLN’s earthquake rehabilitation centre. Upon completion, a permanent state unit was established in Ahmedabad to address a wide range of issues. Today, the office is referred to as, ‘Janhit’ or public interest – a family established by the people, of the people and for welfare of the people. Its mission statement combines the joint efforts of Jan Sangharsh Manch and HRLN to protect human rights, struggle against exploitation, secure justice and uphold social, civil, cultural, environmental, economic and political rights in order to establish a classless and secular society.

The state office in Ahemedabad conducts legal trainings with grassroots organisations and provides legal counseling and legal aid. Additionally, it trains the police and holds ‘know your rights’ consultations with tribals such as the Dangs on issues ranging

from conversion of religion to rights over their forest produce. A significant percentage of the state unit’s work focuses on housing rights, minority rights, labour rights, tribal rights and combating communalism in the aftermath of targeting of the Muslim community by the right-wing forces with tacit support of the State after the 2002 riots.

Among some of Ahemedabad’s most significant cases include a successful right to food case wherein the Gujarat High Court passed detailed directives to the state machinery for effective and proper implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005. The order passed in the NREGA is very unique since India does not have any order under the said Act given by any constitutional courts in the country. The said order has now become a reference point for many organisations working in different districts of Gujarat for proper implementation of NREGA.


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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.

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