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NCHRO Conducts National Convention against Anti-People Laws lows

NCHRO welcomed the government decision to ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or Punishment [UNCAT]. But the ministry of Home Affairs has not facilitated any public opinion on this vital Bill, or called for Public submissions on its provisions. The bill falls exceedingly short of national and international human rights standards as well as the Bill fails to establish a strong, credible legal frame work for the prevention of torture.

On 15th September 2010, an all party meet, chaired by the Prime Minister, has failed to reach a consensus over the dilution of AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir to control violence in the valley. As per the recommendation of Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy committee, AFSPA had become ‘’a symbol of oppression, an object of hate and an instrument of discrimination and highhandedness. The committee has emphasized that “the Act is too sketchy, too bald and quite inadequate in several particulars”, this committee firm view is that it should be repealed.

NIA Act and UAPA, required to be communicated ‘as soon as possible’ because it acts as a check against arbitrary and capricious exercise of power. The detaining authority cannot whisk away a person and put him behind bars at its own sweet will. The detention has to be afforded an opportunity of making a representation against the order of detention.

The Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill has been mired in controversy. The draft bill’s suggestion to declare certain areas “communally disturbed areas” has also come in for criticism, with civil society activists saying this will give the government the opportunity to use the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).In this circumstances NCHRO proposes to organize a National Convention against Anti-People Laws in Constitution club- New Delhi –on Nov.13th 2010 Saturday at 10 am to 2pm This convention is expected to be attended by human rights activists’ legal experts and teachers, students from different campuses from the national capital territory.

On behalf of NCHRO, I invite you to attend this program, and share the views on the above matters.

Reny Ayline [National Coordinator]

Press Release dated 3/10/2010
Place: New Delhi