NHRC efforts praised in handling rights’ violation during Gujarat riots
# `Our stand on rights violations has been negative and hypocritical’
# `Govt. has used NHRC’s clean chit to the security forces in Kashmir and North East to avoid international accountability’
NEW DELHI: Criticising India’s record of fulfilling international human rights standards, senior advocate and leading constitutional law expert A.G. Noorani on Wednesday said the country’s stand on human rights violations has been "consistently negative and hypocritical".
Delivering the first of a Public Lecture Series being organised by the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHDRC), Mr. Noorani pointed out that India has refused to ratify the Convention related to the Status of Refugees, 1951, the Refugee Protocol of 1967, the Convention Against Torture which it signed in 1999, and the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions. He said India had refused to ratify the Convention on Anti-Personnel Landmines, and is yet to ratify the International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute.
While praising the efforts of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to handle issues like the violation of rights during the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, Mr. Noorani said the NHRC had failed in addressing human rights violations by security forces in Kashmir and the North East. He said the Indian government had taken advantage of the NHRC’s "clean chit of good conduct" to the security forces in Kashmir and the North East to avoid international accountability.