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The Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC)

People's Watch

The Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC), is a charitable trust established over 35 years ago. The CPSC’s program unit, People’s Watch, is a national human rights organisation based in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. People’s Watch undertakes programs on human rights monitoring, education, campaigns and rehabilitation in the state of Tamil Nadu.  In 1998, People's Watch began providing legal assistance on behalf of victims of human rights abuses.

Human rights defenders in India face a diverse range of attacks and harassment for their wor defending the rights of others, including killings, torture, ill-treatment, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, smear campaigns, and judicial harassment. People defending the rights of marginalised communities are targeted by state and non-state actors alike. Armed groups and private companies also target HRDs and community leaders for work related to economic development projects and their impact on the local communities or the environment.