BHRPC Hails PM’s Statement on Human Rights, Urges for Repeal of AFSPA

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BHRPC Press Release, May 24, 2010

BHRPC Hails PM’s Statement on Human Rights, Urges for Repeal of AFSPA

Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) welcomes the statement of Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, at his national press conference today in New Delhi to the effect that his government has a policy of ‘zero tolerance towards human rights violation.’ The statement, according to the Committee, is quite significant since it conveys the commitment of the Indian State to its international obligations under various human rights instruments to which the State is a party or signatory.

Nevertheless, the Committee observes, the message needs to percolate down into the mind and deeds of officers and bureaucrats who are entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of the policies of the government and laws of the land. India is a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Organisation and demands rightly to be a permanent member of the Security Council.

BHRPC also appreciates the move of the United Progressive Alliance Government for introducing a bill on the prevention of tortures in the last session of the Parliament and measures taken for ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment. However, the Committee expresses its reservation on some clauses of the said bill and this has been conveyed to the Prime Minister and urged upon him to send the bill to a Joint Parliamentary Committee and have consultations with the civil society and the public. The Committee has also appealed to the Prime Minister to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, 1958, which is responsible for many human rights violations in Northeast and counter productive as is evident from the report of Justice Reddy Committee and numerous cases documented by many human rights organizations of international credentials.

Neharul Ahmed Mazumder

Secretary General

Silchar

Published in the Sentinel, Assam and can be accessed on

URL: http://www.sentinelassam.com/cachar/story.php?sec=2&subsec=12&id=37136&dtP=2010-05-26&ppr=1#37136

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