Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)
14 December 2016 11:44 am


Email: [email protected]


Tel: +91-33-26220845 Fax: +91-33-26220843


Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) is based in West Bengal and was established in 1997, to form a platform for human rights activists based in West Bengal. The organisation pinpointed its initiatives to address custodial torture and other tortures committed by police or state parties including forced eviction and capital punishment. Based on a loose organisational structure, MASUM has
only a few dedicated activists. MASUM is working closely with National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and United Nations Special Procedures. It provides legal and medico-psychological aid to the victims of families.

Areas of work:

Primarily MASUM focuses on custodial torture, extra judicial killings, procedural violations and persistence of impunity.

Objectives are to:

• Strive for a free, equal and just society,
• Advocate for a free, functional and people centric Criminal Justice System,
• Champion complete Freedom of Expression (FoE),
• Prevent and reduce torture from our society,
• Advocate for a decent livelihood, living, equitable education and development for all,
• Concert efforts to protect environment with its inhabitants,
• Challenge obnoxious socio-religious practices,
• Champion gender equality in every sphere of economic and social life,
• Demand equal dignity to diverse sexual preferences, and
• Develop constructive partnerships.

Strategies to realise the vision are to:

• Provide human rights awareness among all sections of society,
• Promote human rights campaigns,
• Initiate a people’s movement against all forms of torture perpetuated by the State and its machinery,
• Broaden human rights networks with different rights based organisations,
• Ensure civil society interventions for torture and human rights violation cases,
• Lobby and advocate constantly against torture and human rights violations,
• Protect the rights of the marginalised section of society,
• Promote gender equality in every sphere of life,
• Document human rights and torture related information,
• Empower people by providing human rights related information,
• Provide livelihoods support,
• Make civil society aware of torture,
• Pressure the State to act in a more responsive and accountable manner in case of torture and other human rights violations,
• Use legal and meta legal recourse, and
• Regularly send complaints to United Nations (UN) bodies.


Contact Person:

Kirity Roy (Secretary): [email protected]