NHRC for mechanism for sustainable protection of human rights
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:42
New Delhi: The NHRC on Tuesday said there was need to build adequate mechanism for "sustainable" protection of human rights in the country.

"Protecting the rights directly from violation might not require any use of resources and involved (only) what the states were not supposed to do. But, if that protection had to be sustainable, adequate steps needed to be taken to build up mechanisms to safeguard these rights, to promote them and prevent them from being violated by other non-state actors," NHRC chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan said.

He was addressing a function organised here by the NHRC to celebrate its 17th foundation day. The National Human Rights Commission came into existence on October 12, 1993.

The NHRC chief noted that 18 state governments have so far set up state human rights commissions and said the Commission has been suggesting to the rest of the states to set up their rights panels.

Balakrishnan noted that complaints relating to human rights violations have increased over the years due to rise in awareness level of the people of the country.

The number of complaints has "steadily" grown from 496 in 1993-94 to 82,021 in the 2009-10 financial year, he said.

"This is a clear indication of the trust reposed in the Commission by the citizens of the country and an equally clear indication of the yearning for an accessible mechanism to redress their grievances," he added.

The NHRC chairperson maintained that Commission has worked "vigorously" to create awareness about human rights and to sensitise public authorities in promoting and protecting rights of the people.

The Commission has taken "important" initiatives on the issues like right to health, right to education. It has also taken initiatives to protect rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and displaced persons, he said.

"The Commission has endeavoured to promote a culture of human rights in the country by pressing for the introduction of human rights education in the curricula upto university level from schools," he added.

Balakrishnan said that the goal of the NHRC is to create a "human rights culture" in the country and empower the masses with the knowledge and skill so that they can take the control of their lives and decisions that affect them.


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:42

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