Monday, January 21, 2008

Human rights panel

The Haryana Government on Wednesday categorically told the High Court that it had no intention of setting up a human rights commission for the state.

This stand was conveyed by counsel for the government during resumed hearing of a bunch of PILs seeking directions to the respondents, including the Haryana Government, to set up a human rights commission for the state.

Among others, petitions have been filed by the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Panchkula, through its president, Mr Ujjal Singh Sahni, Mr Naresh Kumar Kadyan and Mr H.C. Arora.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Surya Kant later adjourned the matter to April 5 for final arguments.

Sunday, January 20, 2008
AMBALA: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman justice A S Anand, on Saturday, said that Haryana should set up a human rights commission in the state as it had already been established in 14 states, including Punjab.

Talking to mediapersons after his visit to Ambala Central Jail, Anand said some of the states had been violating the directions of the NHRC and the commission had received a number of complaints in this regard.

He said complaints of human rights violations had increased in the country in the last few years.

In 1993 when the commission was established only 490 complaints were received whereas this year the figure has increased to 72,000. When asked what kind of complaints the commission had been receiving from Jammu and Kashmir, he said that most of them were security related.

Referring to the Dulina incident in which five people were killed, the NHRC chairman said the state government had handled the matter efficiently by providing government jobs to the next kin of the deceased.
Haryana Has No Intention To Form Human Rights Commission

January 18, 2006

The Haryana government today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it had no intention to constitute a State Human Rights Commission, while the court has fixed April 5, 2006 as the date fo the final arguments on the issue.

A communication to this effect from the state government was handed over to division bench of the Chief Justice D K Jain and Justice Surya Kant during the resumed hearing on the PILs preferred on the subject by the Peoples Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL), a Rohtak-based social activist Naresh Kadian and a few others.

While declining to set up a state HR commission as sought by the petitioners, the Haryana government has maintained that a mechanism was in place to deal with the complaints of violations of human rights, if any and as such, it did not feel the necessity to establish a separate authority to entertain and deal with such complaints.

Earlier, during the previous hearing, the court had been informed that the matter was under the consideration of the state government.

In view of the change in the government in the wake of general elections in February last year, the state counsel wanted time to know about the thinking of the leadership, which has now been oncretised into a categorical no to a human rightscommission in Haryana.

However, the bench fixed April for the final arguments on the petitions.