Dalit Human Rights Monitoring:
Dalit Human Rights Monitoring is the one of the thrust activities of SASY to bring out the facts of gruesomehuman rights violations committed against Dalits, Women, Children, Adivasis and other weaker sections of the society, such as caste abuses & atrocities, social exclusions, police torture, encounter death, custodial death, violence against women, corporal punishment and violence against minorities, disadvantaged groups. It has set the standard for professional Dalit human rights monitoring through scientific fact finding mission and information collection in the place of occurrence.
Fact finding missions:
Fact-finding missions are carried out immediately after theincident of caste atrocity, human rights violation and other forms of abuses occurred or reported. The Dalit Human Rights Defenders or Fact Finding team will rush to occurrence placeswhere the human rights violations have occurredand meet the affected persons to console them and meet immediate need including medical treatment, protection and etc. Then the team will collect the facts and obtain necessary documents and evidences. They also meet the witnesses, perpetrators, the civil society and government officials such as Police, Revenue, Judiciary, Doctors and other concerned district and state authorities.Reports are prepared based on the facts, information and status of human rights violations measured with the effectiveness of law and other human rights standards for further interventions on behalf of the survivors to access justice system.
Legal clinics is one of the unique strategies adopted by SASY which enabled a space to mobilize the survivors of caste atrocities, witnesses, sympathizers, advocates in one platform and bridging relationship to gain continuous support to access criminal justice administrative system. It is victim centered and established to the state accountability towards the incidents of caste atrocities and other brutal forms of violence. It helps the survivors of caste atrocities to depose their grievances with the relevant government officials along with the assistance of trained advocates in their respective areas to seek legal assistance to gain justice.
Special Court Monitoring:
Special Court Monitoring is one of the special features under the SC/ST PoA Act 1989 and its main objective is to ensure speedy justice to the survivors of caste atrocities. The Special Public Prosecutors (SPP) are appointed by the state to conduct prosecution on behalf of the survivors with free of cost in the Special Courts. Mostly these SPP are appointed by the state with political interests.Often the SPP arenexus with the perpetrators and instigated by their respective political party leaders which resulted in poor conviction under the SC/ST PoA Act 1989. Therefore SASY is capacitating the committed advocates who can conduct effective prosecution in the special court on behalf of the survivors under rule 4 (5) of the SC/ST PoA Act which empowers the survivors to choose the advocates in their own choice. SASY has been effectively using of this provision and appointed 7 SPP in the state of Tamil Nadu. This will effectively contribute to increasingly access to justice by the survivors of caste atrocities.
Dalits and Adivasis are naturally poor and less aware of the legal mechanisms and access to criminal justice system. SASY is providing legal support to the survivors to access the criminal justice system to seek justice and it is also filing Public Interest Litigation (PILs) to ensure the effective implementation of the SC/ST PoA Act.
SASY has been strategically organizing people’s tribunal to hold state accountability and accelerate justice to the survivors of caste atrocities. It enables a platform for the survivors of caste atrocities tospeak outtheir sufferings of caste atrocities to gain solidarity, bring public pressure on the justice delivery system to seek justice.
ATM (Atrocity Track Monitoring):
Atrocity Tracking Monitoring system (ATM) is an interactive website created at the national level by the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ) which is very much effective in sending alert messages to the government officials and statutory commissions urging to take appropriate measures under the SC/ST PoA Act. SASY is amember organisation has posted 449 alert messages in41 cases to seek appropriate actions from the police, district administration and redressal mechanisms.
Lobbying and Advocacy:
SASY has been constantly engaging inlobbyingand advocacywith the statutory bodies by sending complaints, urgent appeals seeking justice for the survivors of caste atrocitiesto ensure immediate interventions by the concern officials to end or prevent a human rights violation.
Joint action plays a pivotal part when a mass caste atrocity, human rights violation, social boycotts, police firing and other forms of rights violations occurred. SASY forms joint actions with the like-minded groups to increase public pressure to bring speedy justice for the victims survivors of caste atrocities.
Campaign and Networking:
SASY aims at bringing policy, legislation changes for accelerating justice for the Dalits and Adivasi communities against caste based discrimination. Presently SASY has been campaigning in collaboration with the national coalition for strengthening the SC/ST PoA Actto bring amendments in the SC/ST PoA Act 1989. SASY is the member organization in housing rights campaign – Tamil Nadu
SASY is proactively engaging in Humanitarian aid to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignityat the onset of natural disasters and man-made disaster in the state of Tamil Nadu. SASY has significant number of volunteers to engage in disaster management &preparedness, rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations.
SASY’s threshold carried immediate intervention paralleled with reliefs and rehabilitative outbreaks for the Tsunami victims. SASY built 542 permanent shelters,boats, fishing nets, and initiated several livelihood programs among the affected Dalit and Adivasi communities to ensure their sustainable livelihood and rebuilding their lives with hope.
Self Help Groups- Empowerment to Entitlements
Self-help groups are the instruments for empowering women, developing leadership abilities among the poor women, increasing school enrollments, and improving their lives with sustainable income through their savings. SASY has formed 120self- help groups among the Dalit and Adivasis communities in Cuddalore districtto exercise the right to participate and development. At present the SHG’s were mobilized into two women federations namely InanithaKaigal (Joint Hands) and PuthumaiPengal(Novel Women) capacitated on leadership, administration, finance, Dalit human rights, women rights, child rights, self-assertiveness, life skill education and gender perspective. The women federation is effectively addressing intersection of caste & gender violence and helping the poor families to access entitlements.
Promoting Future Leaders:
SASY is promoting young leaders to combat human rights violations by inculcating thecapacity of human rights education in order to prevent themselves from caste based discrimination and other forms of abuses in the school and society.
Children Resource Centre is one of the strategical programs of SASY for lighting lamp of education to the poor Dalit and Adivasi children from the disaster affectedareas. SASY introduced this model to break the historical barriers and enablingconducive environment for the children to enjoy their rights, childhood, enhance their skills, capacity, education and development. This will support the children to free from the domestic work and corporal punishments. The CRC is functioning in the evening hours after the school where the children are enjoying their rights through play and learning.
Children Movement for Climate Justice:
Right to good environment is integral part of children rights and the children right cannot be achieved without achieving Climate justice. Because, the right to survival is one of the fundamental rights of children which is guaranteed by the national and international human rights mechanisms. But the changing climate affects the life of every individual in the society due to the industrialization, deforestation, pollution and etc. The children are the potential victims of these effects and they will be much affected in the future. Therefore it is important to impart education on climate justice to the Children to create an environment just society in future. SASY formed children groups through children movement for climate justice and engaging them on awareness programs through cultural programs, saplings, removing and collecting polythene in the villages, kitchen garden, seed festivals, encouraging and exposure to organic form of agricultural activities and etc in their villages and it is attracted the children and they are very much interested by doing and engaging themselves very active in all the programs.
Adivasis – Right to Land:
The Adivasi communities in Kalvarayan hills were capacitated on the Forest Rights Act 2006 and they were formed into Forest Rights Committee to engage in lobbying and advocacy with the government officials to seek land titles under the FRA Act 2006. Totally 32 FRC were formed and 2907 applications were submitted to the revenue officials to seek lands for 323 families. The land survey was conducted and the land is yet to be distributed to the potential beneficiaries.