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Narendra Mohanty

HRD, Coordinator
Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)

Narendra Mohanty is the Coordinator of Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) for the State of Odisha, a national forum of over 700 NGOs working to protect the livelihood of marginalized communities and to ensure an ecologically just society. Narendra Mohanty is also the Secretary of the Campaign for Peace in Kandhamal, Odisha and is associated with the Campaign against fabricated cases.

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. Armed groups and private companies also target HRDs for work related to economic development projects and their impact on the local communities or the environment. HRDs are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by radical nationalists.