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Indian Civil Liberties Union

The Indian Civil Liberties Union (ICLU), formed in 2018, is a collective of lawyers, activists, paralegals and students from across India. It was formed to reach out and provide easily accessible information and free legal aid to Indian citizens, especially the poor, marginalised, and migrant labourers whose citizenship is threatened by the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019 (CAA). The collective works to bring justice to those who are excluded and threatened by the prospect of statelessness. ICLU has been at the forefront of providing legal aid to students and protestors harassed, detained and arrested during the anti-CAA protests across India.

Human rights defenders in India face a diverse range of attacks and harassment from state and non-state actors alike, including killing, physical assault, arbitrary detention, threats and judicial harassment.