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HRD, Executive Member
Pragatisheela Karmika Samakhya

Annapoorna is a labour rights defender, an advocate and an executive member of the Pragatisheela Karmika Samakhya, a workers union in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Over the past several years, the woman human rights defender has been at the forefront of the human rights movement in India, advocating for Dalit, women’s and worker’s rights.

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. Police officials are often the perpetrators of violence against HRDs, which is usually carried out with impunity.