FHD - History







                             The Forum for Human Dignity was established in 1997 with Maheswary Velautham as Secretary at the helm. Within four years the Forum has grown and found recognition among the Human Rights Activists the world over. With an undaunted spirit, Maheswary and her team of active workers, strove to preserve what is most needed at the present juncture - Human Rights and Human Dignity. The forum takes up cases of arbitrary arrests and harassment and contacts The Presidentís Committee to find redress for the victims. In the case of disappearances, the forum files Habeas Corpus applications and also files cases in the Supreme Court to restore the lost rights and Dignity of people. Maheswary and one of the lawyers went all the way to India to see the Sri Lanka fishermen arrested and in remand in Indian jails. The Forum was instrumental in having the Indian fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka, released. Before being sent home they were at the Mirihana camp and they were looked after by the Forum. Annually the forum publishes the Situation Report and is in touch with Amnesty International and other NGOís. Besides, the deportees Situation is also looked into and the forum does its utmost to have them released or sent back to the land where they sought refuge by getting in touch with the respective embassies.

                              In short Forum marches forward with " malice towards none and charity for all" and has created a niche for itself in the world of Human Rights Activists.





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Situation Report 2001