Arumugam Karpooram

Executive Director of the NGO Upakar Educational Society

Active in Country: India

DTP Alumnus: 2006 16th Annual Program - Timor-Leste




Arumugam Karpooram participated in DTP's 16th Annual Program in Timor-Leste in 2006.


Arumugam is the Director of the NGO Upakar Educational Society, which has been operating in the southern part of Tamil Nadu since 1996. He has worked on a number of national and state level projects for the advancement of children’s rights, especially for the elimination of child labour.


Human rights defenders in India face an enormous challenge in working to protect the rights of the child, particularly in relation to child labour. Although the government officially banned child labour in 2012, millions of children between the ages of 5-14 are still part of the workforce.


Arumugam joined the 2006 Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program in Timor Leste to expand his knowledge of UN Systems on Human Rights, current human rights issues at the global level, and international approaches and programs in fighting for child and human rights.


Profile was part of 2015 DTP's 25th Anniversary Exhibition