Introducing the Human Rights Index: Shedding Light on Refugee Discrimination in India

Why should Europeans care about India's refugee crisis?

7/26/20232 min read

Dear Readers,

We are a collective of concerned European citizens united by a shared vision - a vision of a world that respects and safeguards the rights of every human being. Today, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new public affairs campaign: the Human Rights Index.

The Human Rights Index is a bold and necessary initiative that brings into sharp focus the plight of refugees in India. It aims to spotlight an issue that has been largely overlooked: the systemic discrimination against refugees in one of the world's most populated countries. A nation known for its rich cultural tapestry and shared history with many of its neighbouring countries, India plays a host to a large number of refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless people. These individuals, many of whom are fleeing conflict, persecution, and humanitarian crises, unfortunately find themselves faced with a new set of challenges upon arrival in India.

This initiative is about more than just awareness. It's about challenging the narrative, driving change, and making a tangible difference in the lives of the people affected by this issue.

The primary objective of the Human Rights Index is to increase awareness of the discrimination faced by refugees in India within the European continent. Why Europe, one might ask? As a region that values and champions human rights, Europe has both the capacity and the responsibility to influence global policies and practices that uphold these rights. By raising awareness among European citizens, we can collectively call for changes that ensure the protection of refugees worldwide.

The Human Rights Index aims to achieve its objective through various strategies. We will curate and present verified data on the living conditions, legal status, access to essential services, and overall treatment of refugees in India. This data will form the backbone of our campaign, providing a factual basis for our advocacy.

In conjunction with this, we will use storytelling as a powerful tool to humanise the issue. By sharing refugees' personal experiences and stories, we aim to bridge the geographical and cultural divide, fostering empathy and understanding among our audience.

Our campaign will also include an educational component. We will collaborate with schools, universities, and community groups across Europe to incorporate information about the challenges refugees face in India into their curriculums or community discussions.

Lastly, the Human Rights Index will promote active citizen participation. We believe that everyone can play a part in promoting human rights. To this end, we will provide a platform for European citizens to show their solidarity with refugees in India, whether it be through online campaigns, fundraising, or volunteering opportunities.

We are under no illusion about the magnitude of the task at hand. The issue of refugee discrimination is a complex, multifaceted one that requires concerted global efforts to resolve. However, we firmly believe that by raising awareness and sparking dialogue, we can ignite a wave of change that will, ultimately, lead to a more compassionate, inclusive India.

We welcome you all to join us in this mission. Together, we can make a difference. Let us use the Human Rights Index to amplify the voices of those unheard, shed light on their struggles, and stand up for their rights.

Join us. Stand with us. Because human rights should never be a matter of geography.

With hope for a better future,

The Human Rights Index Team