Paul Divakar Namala
Soon after completing his postgraduate course in development studies, Paul began working in the development sector in the USA, Somalia and in Indonesia. Along with his wife, Annie Namala, he has been working for the empowerment of Dalits and Adivasis since 1982.
Paul Divakar Namala is one of the founding members of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR). NCDHR is a forum, founded by Paul and other activists in 1998, which is committed to the elimination of discrimination based on caste, and is a democratic secular platform led by Dalit women and men activists, and supported by movements and organizations, academics, individuals, people’s organizations and institutions throughout India. Paul is currently the General Secretary of Dalit ArthikAdhikarAndolan (DAAA) which is a wing of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights.
Paul has also been instrumental in creating various campaigns and organizations; one such organization, Sakshi Human Rights Watch in Hyderabad, was responsible for strengthening the criminal justice administration systems focusing on access to justice for Dalits and Adivasis.
In his fight for social justice he has served on several committees to bring about policy level changes to improve the welfare of marginalized communities. He has been on the Steering committees in the Planning Commission in India in 2007 and in 2011 for both the 11th and 12th Plans. He is currently a member of the National Monitoring Committee for the Welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. He has also been a member of the Working Group on Dalits in the National Advisory Council.
Paul was elected to the International Board of Amnesty International at the 2013 ICM.