Rise in human rights violations matter of concern: NHRC chief

NHRC Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan on Thursday said the rising number of complaints of human rights violations reflected the trust of people in the commission.

New Delhi: NHRC Chief Justice K G
Balakrishnan on Thursday said the rising number of complaints of
human rights violations reflected the trust of people in the
commission but maintained that the spate in such incidents is
a matter of concern for the society and the government.
"The trust of the people in the Commission reflects in
the number of complaints received by it. But at the same time,
the rising number of complaints of human rights violations
should also be a matter of concern for all in the society and
the systems of governance," he said in a statement released
here on the eve of Human Rights Day.

Justice Balakrishnan said that since its inception in
the year 1993, the NHRC has evolved as a bridge between the
government authorities and the people of the country in
protecting and promoting "human rights of all".

"But no rights come without duties, and therefore, it
is the duty of all of us to respect the basic human rights of
each other and help build up such an atmosphere in the society
where the people express themselves freely and move without
fear much in the spirit of our Constitution," he said.

He said that the theme of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, which was evoked by the United Nations in 1948,
that human rights of all should be "respected, protected and
promoted".
"Therefore, the onus lies on us," he said.

To mark the Human Rights Day, the NHRC has organized a
programme here tomorrow. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has
been invited to attend the function as the chief guest,
the Commission said.

PTI

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