ORGANIZATION

1. Houses:

The organization of BHRPC is comprised of six houses:

1.1. Auxiliary Body: Any person agreeing with the ideology, constitution and other rules and regulations of the organization and having interest in human rights can join the organization by joining first the Auxiliary body as Auxiliary Member.

The main duties of an Auxiliary Member are i) to develop his or her understanding of human rights, ii) to protect and defend his or her own human rights, and iii) to learn the ways of promoting, protecting human rights and preventing their violations by interaction with other members of local Auxiliary Group, participation in the activities of the organization and through orientation and training programmes.

1.2. Auxiliary Group: Whenever in a particular locality, at least five auxiliary members join BHRPC, and demand so, or situation demands so, as felt by the Executive Body, an Auxiliary Group may be formed with a convener.

The group acts as de facto primary unit of BHRPC and as such takes up activities of local relevance and importance in consultation with the Executive Body.

2. Associates Body: Members of Auxiliary Body would be nominated to membership of the Associates Body by the Executive Body if and when the latter is satisfied as to the eligibility of the concerned member.

The main duties of a member of the Associates Body are i) to develop further his or her understanding of human rights laws and mechanisms, ii) to provide timely and accurate information of the events of violations of human rights occurred in his or her locality, iii) to carry out specific responsibilities entrusted by the Executive Body, and iv) to take part in all activities and events of BHRPC.

The Associates Body meets once a year where activities of the last year are discussed and activities for the next year are contemplated on and suggested to the Executive Body through resolutions.

3. Advisory Body: The persons who are specialists/experts in particular fields if agree with the ideology, constitution and rules and regulations of the organization and have interest in human rights may be nominated by the Executive Body as members of the Advisory Body.

The main duties of a member of the Advisory Body include: i) to provide expert opinion/advice as sought by the Executive Body, Chair Person and/or Secretary General. A member of the Advisory Body may participate in the deliberations of the meeting of the Executive Body if requested or allowed by the latter, the Chair Person and /or Secretary General.

The Advisory Body meets once a year where activities of the last year are discussed and activities for the next year are contemplated on and suggested to the Executive Body through resolutions.

4. Board of Patrons: The persons who agree with the ideology, constitution and other rules and regulations of the organization and have interest in human rights but can not participate actively in the activities of the organization for various reasons may be nominated by the Executive Body as members of the Board of Patrons.

Members of the Board provide recurrent financial assistance in a specific amount fixed by the Executive Body from time to time. A member of the Board may participate in the deliberations of the meeting of the Executive Body if requested or allowed by the latter, the Chair Person and /or Secretary General.

The Board meets once a year where activities of the last year are discussed and activities for the next year are contemplated on and suggested to the Executive Body through resolutions.

5. General Body: Members of Associates Body, Advisory Body and Board of Patrons are nominated to the membership of the General Body by the Executive Body if and when the latter is satisfied as to the wish and eligibility of the concerned member.

The members of the General Body are responsible for all activities, events and programmes etc. of BHRPC. They choose the members of the Executive Body from amongst themselves. The Executive Body is primarily answerable to the General Body. The Body may meet as many times as needed and must meet once a year. The executive Body is obliged to work as per the resolutions adopted in the meetings of the General Body.

6. Executive Body: The Executive Body of BHRPC is the main body which is responsible for implementation of all programmes, projects and policies. It takes decisions in matters related to day to day work.

It can also formulate policies, rules and regulations to be followed by the concerned body, division or offices till these are not placed before the General Body. After consideration, the General body may approve, modify or reject them. In case of approval they have retrospective effect; and in case of modification or rejection, the actions taken before under them or their previous form, shall be deemed to be valid.

In short, the Executive Body is the main body responsible for all activities and works of BHRPC. It is directly answerable to the General Body.

2. Offices:

There are some offices in the organization such as (i) The Chairperson, (ii) Vice-Chairpersons, (iii) Secretary General, (iv) Joint Secretaries, (v) Secretaries with particular responsibilities and (vi) the Executive Members. These offices are held by the Executive Members as chosen by the members of the General Body.

Other positions include Directors, Coordinators, Advisors, Consultants, Resource Persons, Representatives, Spokespersons, Monitors etc. which can be held by members of the Associates Body and other equivalent bodies as nominated by the Executive Body.

3. Divisions:

All activities and programmes of the organization are run by 8 divisions. Each division is headed by a director and may have members in appropriate numbers. The divisions work in close co-ordination with each other under the general supervision and control of the Executive Body. They are:

1. Organisation and Administration Division: This division is responsible for all works related to organizational expansion and administration. It works for expansion of the activities by suggesting to the Executive Body formation of Auxiliary Groups and nomination of Local Monitors of Human Rights in or out of Barak Valley and entering into networking and partnership with other similar minded organisations and institutions in points of mutual agreement and interests in and out of the valley.

The division keeps close look on the working of all other divisions, programmes and projects as well as on the performance of individual members of BHRPC and suggests changes, modification, improvement regarding the former and entrustment and curtailment, as the case may be, of responsibilities of the latter to the Executive Body. The division is also responsible for preparation, amendment and enforcement of the Code of Conduct for the members. The Code of Conduct is incorporated in the Manual for BHRPC Members prepared by Education and Training Division.

2. Education and Training Division: This division is responsible for running education centres and giving training to the members of the organization, members of the public and members of the various Government agencies by itself and/or in collaboration with other organisations, institutions and agencies.

The division formulates draft curricula for human rights study, training manuals and hand books for activists and submits to the Executive Body and works for their implementation as approved by the Executive Body.

3. Monitoring and Documentation Division: This division monitors human rights situations, takes up individual cases of violations on communication by victims or any person or suo moto. The division is also responsible for fact-finding and documentation of such cases, forwarding them to the appropriate forums for redressal and monitoring till the final disposition and implementation of the decisions giving remedies.

Monitoring is done through close observation of a situation or individual case in such a way so as to determine what further actions needs to be taken. BHRPC uses the following elements while monitoring human rights violations;

a. It is carried out over an extended period of time.

b. It involves collecting or receiving a large quantity of data.

c. Close observation of the situation is done through periodic examination or investigation and documentation of developments.

d. International human rights standard and norms are used as reference in objectively assessing the situation or case in question, especially in determining what is wrong with it.

e. Tools or instruments developed by various international documentation centres are used in identifying how the situation compares with established standards or norms.

f. The product of monitoring is usually a report about the situation.

g. The report embodies an assessment of the situation which provides a basis for further action.

Documentation in relation to this division means recording information about ongoing or recent events of human rights violations including both an individual case of violation and pattern of violations.

The division undertakes mainly documentation of events, which generally have very specific purposes. The information collected pertains to actual events that happened on the ground, and these are usually used in carrying out various kinds of intervention in these events. This kind of documentation is very much action-oriented.

4. Law and Legal Affairs Division: This division is mainly responsible for giving legal opinion and advice to any organ of the organisation regarding any matter, if and when sought. It looks after the litigations entered into by the organisation. The division also works in projects of research and studies with Research and Study Division.

This division also runs a “Workshop cum Counselling and Conciliation Centre” approved by the Assam State Legal Services Authority. The division conducts free legal aid camps in remote villages of the valley and forwards the eligible persons for free legal services to District Free Legal Aid Committees and The High Court Free Legal Aid Committee.

The division also works as a Counselling and Conciliation Centre which involves counselling both to the victims and alleged violators with a view to their reconciliation mainly in cases of domestic disputes. As the next step it adopts Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods to give justice to the victim and reconcile them. These methods are applied mainly in cases involving family law and domestic violence.

5. Projects and Programmes Division: This division adopts, manages and co-ordinates Specialised Programmes of the organization and projects undertaken from time to time. At present the division is working on the following programmes:

(i) Right to Justice Programme,

(ii) Right to Information Programme

(iii) Gender Justice and Child Rights Programme.

(iv) Right to Livelihood Programme

(v) Disaster Risk Management Programme

(vi) Health Rights Programme and

(vii) Environmental Awareness and Protection Programme

6. Research and Study Division: This division is responsible for all works related to research and study of human rights laws and situations and other related matters. The division identifies the fields, topics and methods of research and prepares and submits project proposals for consideration by the Executive Body. If approved works on the project as per direction of the Body.

At present the division is working on a research project titled “Freedom from Torture and Violence: Compatibility of Indian Law and Practice with International Human Rights Standards (Focusing on The North East)”.

7. Information and Publication Division: This division disseminates information relating to BHRPC and other matters related to human rights through publications and responsible for public relations.


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