New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission chairman Justice H.L. Dattu inaugurated the NHRC-SHRCs (State Human Rights Commissoins) meeting here at India Habitat Centre on Thursday. NHRC Members Justice P.C. Pant, Jyotika Kalra, Dr. D.M. Mulay, Secretary General, Jaideep Govind, chairpersons and  members of SHRCs and officers of NHRC and SHRCs  were present.  

Justice Dattu said that there is a need for us to work in synergy to promote, protect and propagate the human rights of the people, in particular, the vulnerable sections of the society, identify bottlenecks and systemic failures impeding their growth and contribute to their well being. 

 Giving an insight into some of the latest initiatives of the NHRC to expand its outreach and make it more accessible to the people for redressal of their issues of rights violations, he called upon all the SHRC’s to consider appointing a Focal Point like NHRC to ensure that the complaints of human rights violation of human rights defenders get priority.

Justice Dattu urged the State Commissions to join NHRC’s HRCnet Portal to avoid duplication of complaint registration on the same issue and suggest contemporary issues for research to improve the living standards of the marginal people, who are facing various hardships due to uneven economic prosperity amongst the citizens of the country.

He also called upon the SHRCs to associate themselves closely with the NHRC in the ongoing monitoring of the implementation of the UN mandated recommendations of third Universal Periodic Review, UPR, accepted by the Government of India for improving human rights situation in the country. He expressed the hope that this meeting besides ensuring greater synergy between the National and State Human Rights Commissions, will also be useful in devising measures for bringing greater efficiency in the functioning of the Commissions, as well as plug the existing gaps in human rights protection and promotion framework in the country.

The XI Sessions of the meeting, there will be presentations on key issues of human rights, related laws, implementation mechanism and present situation.  These include, among others, Rights of Women, Surrogacy Regulation Bill, Human Rights Courts, Rights of Persons with Disability, Right to Food, Rights of Refugees, Migrant and Child Labour, Health including Mental Health, Corona Virus issue, Police and Prison Reforms, Criminal Justice System, Torture & Terrorism, Right to Education, Human Trafficking, Rights of internally displaced persons, LGBTI, Rights of Refuges, Business, Environment and Human Rights, Panchayati Raj Institutions and Local Governing Bodies, NGOs and Human Rights Defenders, Utilization of Common Service Centres and common areas of Interest between NHRC-SHRCs.