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Ovais Sultan Khan

Independent Human Rights Activist India

Ovais Sultan Khan is an independent human rights activist. He is also a consultant in policy and research. He has worked independently and with leading policy-makers and planners, politicians, intellectuals, academics and activists in a number of national and international institutions, think-tanks, government-bodies and civil society on politics, knowledge, wisdom, alternatives, democratic governance, religious minorities, gender, religion, tradition and culture for more than a decade.

In 2017, Ovais was appointed as an advisor of the Delhi Minorities Commission, quasi-judicial body under the Government of Delhi. As an advisor, he have had the honour of Chairing its panel documenting the Legal Status of Religious Spaces in and around West Delhi, in 2019; and heading another of its panel to probe an alleged terror-funding case, in 2018.

Previously, Ovais was on the board of ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy), a socio-cultural organisation from 2016-2018, and headed the organisation for a year and half as Managing Trustee.

Ovais also had privilege of working with the South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED), at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) as its Programme Secretary.

Currently, Ovais is the trustee with the Future Council, which is a Delhi-based think tank, advocating human rights, justice, democracy, non-violence and well-being. He is also advisor on human rights and Islamophobia at Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, which is the oldest and largest organisation of Indian Muslims.