Odisha

The Odisha Human Rights Law Network unit was established in 2004 at Bhubaneswar with a sub-unit at Kandhamal. The unit focuses on providing legal support to groups displaced by either multinational mining companies or special economic zones (SEZs).
The unit intervened in Kandhamal district when the Christian minority faced persecution by the fundamental forces. It continues to file PILs in defence of marginalised communities, including stigmatised members of society such as sex workers. The ‘Arun Mallick compensation case’ whereby a petition was filed before the high court for the proper rehabilitation of commercial sex workers of Bhubaneswar is an example of this. Due to the intervention, the court delivered a historic judgment stopping the government from evicting the sex workers without proper rehabilitation.

Main Concerns


1. Land rights of marginalised communities facing eviction threat from mining corporations

2. Rights of PLHIV

3. Disability Rights

4. Reproductive rights of women from marginalized communities

5. Health rights & prevention of chronic diseases

6. Protection of the environment from polluting industries 
PIL filed in Orissa High Court seeking priority vaccines and Covid care management to Adivasi and PVTGs

Upendra Bhai Vrs State of Odisha and others-W.P.(C) PIL No. 17182 of 2021
Pending

Civil Amenities to slum dwellers of Nimpur, Cuttack

W.P.(C) No. 6511 of 2021-Ruja Bibi and others Vrs State of Odisha and others
Pending

Deficiencies in services causes death of girl with Physical Disability

Sushil Kumar Magar Vrs State of Odisha -W.P.(C) No. 16079 of 2021
Pending

Minor rape survivor's safe medical termination of pregnancy of 23 weeks

Madhusudha Biswal Vrs State of Odisha -W.P.(C) No. 13546 of 2021
Disposed off

Orissa High Court Order for Medical Termination of Pregnancy

Madhusudhan Biswal Vrs State of Odisha W.P.(C) No.13546 of 2021

Reservation for Transgenders in Local Body Election

Meera Parida Vrs State of Odisha and Others- W.P.(C) No. 5772 of 2021
Pending

Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Adivasis of Nuapada District

W.P.(C) No. 6891 of 2020-Bhagatram Majhi Vrs State of Odisha and others
Pending

Sundergarh tribal villages objection to plying of commercial coal laden vehicle through their village road.

Rajendra Naik and others Vrs State of Odisha and others -W.P.(C) No. 6587 of 2021
Disposed off

POSCO to JINDAL Struggle and Oppressions

W.P.(C) No. 6586 of 2021
Pending

Webinar on State Level Meeting on Migrant Labour and Labour Law – Odisha

Human Rights Law Network conducted a webinar with the representatives of major grass root organisations and movements ...read more

HRLN Odisha's Unit fights to provide environmental justice for residents of various villages of Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha

Sushama Malik & Ors. v. Industrial Development Corporation, Orissa & Ors (Writ Petition 4998 of 2020)

Implementation of Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Tribal Village in Jharsuguda District.

Amot Oram and others Vrs State of Odisha and other-W.P.(C) No. 4997 of 2020
Pending

National Research Study on Implementation of Forest Rights Act in Neighboring States of Odisha

Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 or in short, the Forest ...read more