`Army has zero tolerance for human rights abuse’

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 21:34

Jammu: Asserting that the Army had institutionalised the aspect of human rights even before the NHRC was established, a top Army commander on Wednesday said the force has a policy of zero tolerance for human rights violations.
"The Army had institutionalised the aspect of human
rights by setting up human rights cells at various levels in
the force in March 1993," GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen K
T Parnaik said at a seminar at Akhnoor, 35 kms from here.

It, indeed, happened six months prior to the creation of
National Human Rights Commission by the Government in October
1993 which is "an indication of the seriousness" the Army
attaches to the issue, Lt Gen Parnaik said.

He said the Army has a huge responsibility on its
shoulders to operate against inimical elements while keeping
the tenets of human rights in mind. "The Army has a policy of
zero tolerance for human rights and has tried to be as
transparent as possible."

Lt Gen Parnaik said army operations have evolved over a
period of time, and there is a change that has taken place in
the force`s thinking, operating procedures, and rules of
engagement.
The seminar, Changing Concept of Human Rights In Present
Environment, was attended by army officers, paramilitary force
officers, IAS probationers and students of schools and
colleges. The event was an effort on part of the Army to
generate awareness among various sections about human rights
issues.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 21:34

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