GUWAHATI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will hear more than 40 pending cases of human rights violations in the Northeast in a camp at Administrative Staff College, Guwahati, on November 17.
The Commission is also sensitizing local self-governments on various aspects of human rights and holding a national conference on ‘Advancing Human Rights through Local Self-Governments’ on November 16. The Commission will also meet members of civil society and NGOs, as well as the press, during its two-day visit.
The state authorities and the complainants concerned have also been asked to remain present during the hearing of the cases.
The Commission, comprising its chairperson, Justice Arun Mishra; members Dr. Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay and Rajiv Jain; and Secretary General, Bharat Lal, accompanied by Registrar (Law) Surajit Dey; Joint Secretary, D. K. Nim, and other senior officers, will attend the conference and the camp sitting. The chairpersons of the State Human Rights Commissions of Assam, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Sikkim, besides the senior officers of the central and state governments, will also participate in the national conference.
The Commission is also holding a meeting with the chief secretaries, DGPs, and senior officers of the eight Northeastern states to review the action taken on its advisories and recommendations and to protect and promote the human rights of all human beings in their respective states. During the camp sitting, the Commission will hold a meeting with all State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) of NE states to develop synergy in its various activities to protect and promote human rights as well as generate awareness among cross-sections of society.
The camp session aims to sensitize state officials about human rights and also interact with the representatives of NGOs and human rights defenders (HRDs).