Vigil India Movement publishes periodicals, newsletter, articles and books.

Vigil India: Occasional Newsletter

“Vigil India” was an occasional publication of Vigil India Movement published three to four times in a year highlighting different human rights issues. These include the Golden jubilee of UDHR, UN efforts to promote human rights, activities of Institute of Human Rights, sexual harassment at work place, environment pollution by Grasim Factory, Independence of judiciary, media’s neglect of weaker sections and freedom of religion. 

The booklet format of this publication was stopped for the time being.  An electronic version of “Vigil India” will be made available through web links in the future.

Human Rights Diary: Monthly

This is a monthly compilation of human rights news published in Indian periodicals.  This publication is well received by the human rights community.  An electronic version of the same is available on the links,

Study Book Series

  1. International Bill of Human Rights

We published three booklets as study materials for the workshops of Institute of Human Rights.  The first of the series on International Bill of Human Rights comprises of the UDHR, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights with a forward from Mr. V. I. Itty, General Secretary.

  1. Globalization And Its Impact On Human Rights (Dr. Mathews George Chunakara)

The second book is on Globalization and its impact on Human Rights written by Dr. Mathews George Chunakara, Hon. Director of VIM.  India along with other countries embarked on a programme of globalization and liberalization resulting in a complicated situation and giving rise to several problems.

  1. Human Rights Indian Values Ancient And Modern (Justice M. Rama Jois)

The third book is a lecture delivered by Justice M Rama Jois, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, at Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan, Bangalore under the auspicious of VIM on August 10, 1999.  It comprehensively covers the subject showing that from ancient times Indian tradition has espoused the cause of human rights in all spheres of life going into meticulous details including rights of persons in captivity, rights of those defeated in war, rights of women and the rights of labourers and farmers.

Annual Books on Human Rights (Human Rights 2000)

The Board of Trustees of VIM has decided to publish Human Rights annual.  The first issue of the annual was published in 2000.  16 topics were covered in the volume including human rights situation in India an overview, economic, social and cultural rights, civil and political rights, environmental rights, rights of women, children, Adivasis and minorities.  Articles on each topic present factual information as well as analysis of the specific human rights situation.  The contributors include, Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon, Mr. Justice H Suresh, Ms. Teesta Setalvad, Mr. Asghar Ali Engineer, Mr. Kuldip Nayar, Ms. Bhargavi Nagaraja, Dr. P. Sivanandan, Prof. Iqbal A. Ansari, Mr. Ravi Nair, Dr. K. C. Sunny, Ms. Sarasu Esther Thomas, Ms. Yamini Krishnamurthy, Dr. John Samuel and Prof. M. K. Ramesh.

Annual Books on Human Rights (Human Rights 2001)
Human Rights 2001 is a compendium of articles and reports on the human rights situation in India.  The Governor of Kerala, Mr. Justice Sukhdev Singh Kang formally released Human Rights 2001.

Human Rights 2001 is divided into two parts.  In the first part, jurists, activists and journalists analyze the national human rights scenario.  The second part presents a Human Rights Diary prepared by Vigil India Movement that lists human rights violation and rights-related developments reported from different parts of India last year.

The articles in HR 2001 present factual information as well as analysis of developments with regard to civil and political rights, social and economic rights, developmental, environmental and health rights besides the rights of specific groups such as the Adivasis, women, children and refugees.  There are also articles that take note of major judicial verdicts and some important legislative measures.  The working of the National Human Rights Commission also comes under scrutiny.  The contributors include, Mr. A.G. Noorani, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon, Mr. Bittu Sahgal, Ms. Bhargavi Nagaraja, Ms. Yamini N. Atmavilas, Dr. Alex Ekka, Prof. Iqbal A. Ansari, Ms. Nandana Reddy, Mr. Paul Newman, Dr. H. Sudarshan & Dr. Prakash C. Rao, Mr. Ravi Nair, Dr. K.C. Sunny, Ms. Sarasu Esther Thomas and Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer.

Vigil Series

Vigil series come out occasionally in booklet form.  These booklets take up particular issues and make in-depth research and study of the problem.

The titles of the Vigil series are as follows

1.       The role of Judiciary in Democracy
2.       People’s Rights
3.       Hour of Vigilance
4.       Vigilant Women
5.       Unyielding Hope
6.       Unending Struggle
7.       With Courage

Other Publications 

1.       People’s Movement
2.       Child Labour in Kanyakumari
3.       A Proposal to amend the Constitution
4.       The Role of Judiciary in Democracy
5.       Human Rights, Indian Values Ancient and Modern.


1.       Civil and Political Rights: Clear Deterioration – Mr.A.G.Noorani
2.       Social and Economic Rights : Deficiency in Governance – Dr.N.R.Madhava Menon
3.       Right to Life: Importance of Environment – Mr.Bittu Sahgal
4.       Right to Development : Misplaced People – Ms.Bhargavi Nagaraja
5.       Women’s Rights : Enforcement is Weak – Ms.Yamini N.Atmavilas
6.       Adivasi Rights : Empowerment and deprivation – Dr.Alex Ekka
7.       Minority Rights: Case for Statute Changes – Prof.Iqbal.A.Ansari
8.       Child Rights : Micro Interventions not Enough – Ms.Nandana Reddy
9.       Rights of Refugees: Lack of Protection – Mr.Paul Newman
10.   Rights to Health : Need for Organised Action – Dr.H.Sudharshan&Dr.Prakash C.Rao
11.   National Human Rights Commission – Judgement Reserved – Ravi Nair
12.   Judiciary – Trend – Setting Decisions – Dr.K.C.Sunny
13.   Legislation : Impact on Rights – Ms.Sarasu Esther Thomas
14.   Globalisation : Human Rights vs Inhuman Wrongs – Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer

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