GUWAHATI: In a move to address alleged human rights violations in the Northeast, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has announced a two-day “camp sitting” in Guwahati beginning today.
During the camp, the national human rights body will lead a panel aimed at addressing over 40 pending cases in the region. The panel will be headed by NHRC chairperson Justice Arun Mishra, along with members Dnyaneshwar M Mulay and Rajiv Jain.
The commission will begin the camp sitting with a national-level conference on Thursday, focusing on sensitising local self-governments on various dimensions of human rights.
Chairpersons of the state human rights commissions of Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Sikkim will participate in this conference themed “Advancing Human Rights through Local Self Governments”.
The primary goal of the conference is to raise awareness about the role of local self-government in advancing human rights and related aspects.
The NHRC’s visit includes engagements with civil society, NGOs, and the press, fostering a collaborative effort to address human rights concerns in the region.
During the camp sitting, the NHRC panel will not only hear cases but also interact with state officials, highlighting the importance of human rights.
Representatives from state authorities and complainants involved in the pending cases have been requested to be present during the hearings.
Additionally, the NHRC will meet with chief secretaries, DGPs, and senior officers from the Northeastern states to review the implementation of its advisories and recommendations.
The approach seeks to engage with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including NGOs and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), to comprehensively address human rights issues in the region.
To ensure transparency and widespread dissemination of information, the NHRC also plans to brief the press about the outcomes of the camp sitting, detailing the actions taken and stressing on the importance of human rights in the Northeast.