British Law Firm Campaigns Pro-Bono For Indian Human Rights
A British human rights organisation with provisions to provide legal services to the victims of human rights abuses has fortified its commitment to international human rights and taken on a series of pro-bono cases concerning Indian nationals. Fighting against horrendous abuse of civil liberties across South East Asia, Nyaya UK is now in the process of setting up a human rights organisation offering free legal services and support to justice seeking victims.
At the core of Nyaya UK is an aim to highlight such cases to mainstream human rights organisations and raise awareness in the Western world. These cases/ breaches and abuses of human rights and this region is overlooked by the international human rights organisations. The West needs to be aware of these breaches since we blindly donate financial aid without monitoring the relevant country’s record in relation to human rights.
Jas Uppal, Founder of Nyaya UK said, “Everyone has a right to justice yet unfortunately, not everyone is able to exercise this basic human right. Nyaya UK is on a mission to reverse this trend and offer underprivileged global citizens the legal support they’re entitled to.”
The ongoing campaign was inspired by the high profile case of Sarabjit Singh. Ms Uppal campaigned for the prisoner’s release, who had always maintained his innocence, from a Pakistani prison. He was sentenced to death in 1991, and in 2013 was beaten to death by other prisoners who were given access to bricks. The inquiry into Singh’s death is yet to be listed, two years on.
Over the past few days Nyaya UK has been in receipt of a number of Indian work migrants from Saudi Arabia who have been subjected to physical and mental abuse. Lured to Western Asia with the promise of work as a construction firm driver, 26 year old Inderjeet Singh was brutally assaulted by his Saudi employer after requesting overdue income to purchase food. Singh’s case is just one of many which see Indian economic migrants traveling to the Gulf countries only to endure unthinkable abuse. On arrival, many have their passports confiscated to prevent them from returning home. A harrowing example of the modern slavery crisis, the Singh case highlights the importance of Western society fighting the exploitation of Indian nationals abroad.
Not only does Nyaya UK advocate for justice served, but it also hopes to push the Governments of Haryana and Punjab to invest in their youth, combat corruption and create employment and training opportunities. This would halt the youth migration flow and prevent the escalating abuse of Indian nationals abroad. Nyaya UK is also fixated on targeting the unregulated ‘employment agents' who are solely motivated in securing commission for the illegal posts.
Ms Uppal said, “There is an imperative need for an easy, effective and professional consular service accompanied by expert legal advice. At present there is an absence of constructive action and failure to forcefully address the maltreatment of these individuals and take preventative action. As well as helping deliver justice to exploited Indians, we also hope to push the nation to take on its migrant worker crisis head on.”
As Nyaya UK continues to put together its pro-bono cases, the firm is urging human rights organisations to get on-board, create much needed noise and help rebalance the scales of justice for Indian – and other nationals from Asia - migrant workers.
To find out more about Nyaya UK and join the fight against human rights abuse abroad, go to: www.nyaya.org.uk
Dakota Digital for Nyaya UK
Contact: Rebecca Appleton
Tel UK: 01623 428996
Tel US: 917-720-3025
With a British base and an international presence, Nyaya UK promotes the furtherance and observation of human rights abroad. It gives particular attention to cases concerning Indian nationals, including the high profile Sarabjit Singh case. The firm is currently in the process of launching a free legal services system to Indian citizens who have been denied access to justice.