Documents and Reports

Trailblazers: In the Footsteps of Eleven Human Rights Defenders: This is a book, edited by Navsarjan founder Martin Macwan, is a collection of articles on the experiences of several human rights defenders across the world. Available with,, and many other online outlets and regular bookstores, the contributors include Rebiya Kadeer from East Turkestan, Soe Myint from Burma, Martin Macwan from India, Khassan Baiev from Chechnya, Aminatou Haidar from Western Sahara, Samuel Kofi Woods from Liberia, Vuyiseka Dubula from South Africa, Maria Gunnoe from the United States, Pablo Fajardo from Ecuador,  Liliana Ortega from Venezuela,  and Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Nunavut) from Canada, These testimonies have one thing in common: the local illustrates the global. The Inuit story illustrates global warming. The Sahrawi story illustrates that totalitarianism is alive and well. The Ecuadorian story illustrates why corporate social responsibility must be taken seriously – all the way to the courthouse…

Understanding Untouchability: A comprehensive study of practices of untouchability in 1589 villages in Gujarat, conducted by Navsarjan and Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

A Legally Immune Form of Discrimination: Report on Socioeconomic Boycotts of Dalits in Gujarat: A report by Jenny Paleaz

Public Hearing Report on Atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat: A Report of Public Hearing on atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat which was held in Ahmedabad on March 31, 2008. This report was prepared Jeena Shah, an attorney from the United States, who joined Navsarjan as a fellow from American-India Foundation and worked in the organization for ten months.

Dalit Rights: It is a document written by Martin Macwan. It helps in understanding the caste system in India. This document was published by the National Human Rights Commission of India.

Primary Education for Social Engineering: A booklet, sharing the need for ensuring primary education among Dalit children.

Gender and Education: A booklet which shares the present educational status of Dalit girls and women.

Discrimination against Dalit Children in School: A Report by UNICEF

Dalit project report: Paliyad: A report prepared by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student, who studied manual scavenging in Paliyad village in Botad taluka of Bhavnagar district.

Michel Kropac DSK Study: Dalit Empowerment and Vocational Education – An Impact Study

Annual Report 2008-2009: Description of Navsarjan’s programs during the period.


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