THE AWARENESS CAMP ON HUMAN RIGHTS
ON THE OCCASION OF
THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
VENUE: CONFERENCE HALL, CACHAR ZILLA PARISHAD, SILCHAR
DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY, CACHAR
BARAK HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION COMMITTEE, SILCHAR
The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Cachar, Silchar was pleased to observe the International Human Rights Day on the 10th December, 2014 in collaboration with the Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), Silchar. The Programme was divided into two main phases, viz. the awareness meeting and Interaction Session. Activists, intellectuals, lawyers and public authorities were invited. The programmme intended to generate awareness on the significance of the day. Moreover it aimed at upholding the testimonies of the victims of human rights violation in front of the Public authorities.
The first session was presided over by the Honourable District and Sessions Judge cum the President of the DLSA, Cachar Mr. Sanjeeb Kumar Sharma. With a brief introductory speech Mr. Sadique Mohammed Laskar, Secretary, BHRPC, Silchar invited the President and the honourable guests to the dais. The meeting hall was full with the audiences from every corner of Cachar district.
Mr. Neharul Ahmed Mazumder, Secretary General, BHRPC elaborated the purpose of the meeting. He introduced the audience with the significance of the International Human Rights Day by presenting a short historical background of the Day and the main theme of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). He also uncovered the human rights situation in Barak Valley.
Mr. Amitabh Singh Associate Professor, Department of Law, Assam University elaborated the national and international human rights situation in his compact deliberation. He went deep into the causes of social evils and emphasized on the importance of sensitization of the armed forces on human rights.
Mr. Chunilal Bhattacharya, Learned Advocate, District Bar association, Cachar, Silchar went through the history of violence and violation of human rights. He alleged that the United States of America and its allies are responsible for the gross human rights violation on the globe. Supporting his views he cited various examples from the recent and remote history. He also emphasized on a paradigm shift of the developed countries for full realization of the UDHR.
Mr. N. K. Purakayastha, Retired Superintendent of Silchar Medical College and Hospital emphasized on awareness generation on the right to health among the people of Barak Valley. He cited various examples where well established and educated families are seen reluctant about vaccination, surgery, blood donation etc. He also warned about the alarming scenario of decadence of social values which has caused a wide vacuum and violation of the rights of the senior citizens.
Mr. Mahmud Hussain Barbhuiya, Secretary, DLSA, Cachar in his speech reflected his wide span of knowledge, deep concern for the vulnerable groups and his experiences. He explained the human rights mechanism and the powers and functions of various declarations, covenants, treaties, commissions and courts. He expressed his deep concern over the violation of the right to dignity of the citizens in government offices. He explained how a person is humiliated whenever s/he approaches public authorities to enjoy his/her rights or to get justice. He also emphasized on the awareness generation among the people regarding their rights and duties.
The President in his speech explained the role of judiciary in protecting human rights. He commented that the section 30 of the Protection of Human Rights Act is a vague one as it has no provision for punishment. However he elaborated the process of District Human Rights Courts and invited people to enjoy the provisions.
The CEO, Cachar Zilla Parishad, Ms Dipshikha Dey and the PD, Cachar DRDA, Mr. Naresh Ghose were present in the dais.
The next session i.e., the Interaction Session started. It was announced by the President and Mr. Sadique Mohammed Laskar was requested to anchor the session. As soon as the session started the CEO, Cachar Zilla Parishad and the PD of Cachar DRDA moved down and started going out of the hall. They were requested personally and over the microphone to stay and to respond the public grievances. But they neither felt the need to stay nor to give any excuse. This created an apparent dissatisfaction among the audience. The anchor commented that that was how the public authorities escape from the public. No other public authority attended the session. However the victims of human rights violation continued to express their grievances and the respected guests offered them legal advices.
Mrs. Rina Begum Barbhuiya of village Chandrapur, complained that she is not getting a dwelling house under IAY and Apna Ghar Scheme. she also alleged that these houses are allotted to the rich people in exchange of bribe while she is deprived though she does not have an adequate house. Mr. Mahmud Hussain Barbhuiya advised her to approach the DSLA, Cachar.
Mr. Nirmal Kumar Das, a human rights defender pointed out the inconvenience created by traffic jam in Silchar town and he sought legal measures. The District and Sessions Judge advised him to lodge a complaint in this regard.
Mr. Bikash Bhattacharya, a member motor driver association alleged that The drivers are harassed by the Transport office authorities and the police when they apply for getting or renewing a driving license. Mr. Sanjeeb Singh brought to book the situation of the tea laborers, Mr. Faruk Hussain Laskar an activist pointed out that lack of evidence is an obstacle in the way of justice for the victims of molestation. Mr. Ayan Deb pointed out that the survivors of language martyrs are suffering a lot. Many others also sought legal action against corrupt practices by the government officials. The resource persons advised them to utilize the provisions of Legal Services Authority. Some of the participants expressed their agony over the lengthy legal procedure. The anchor emphasized on the necessity of activist attitude, perseverance and creating network of NGOs.
The meeting ended with the address from the chair and vote of thanks.