Evaluation of 'Human Right Commission' and law
Publish Date : 2014-03-18, Publish Time : 00:00, View Count: 3 10 hours ago
The aims of establishment of National Human Right Commission (NHRC) are to promote and protect human rights. The core functions of the commission include complaint handling, human rights education and making recommendations on law reform. An effective commission must has important link between government and civil society, in so far as they help bridge the 'Protection gap' between the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of the state. Commission should also be empowered to take action on violations of other rights particularly social, cultural and economic rights. It should work to combat impunity for all those who order, carry out, and cover up human rights violations. Violations of the right to life and the right to physical and mental integrity frequently involve crimes under international law, such as extra-judicial and other unlawful killings, torture, 'disappearance', war crimes and crimes against humanity. It should identify any systematic pattern of human rights violations, and address the root causes, rather than solely treating each case in isolation. NHRC should be judged on their results in effecting improvement in the human rights situation in the country. There are some that scrutinise the performance of Bangladesh's NHRC in home and abroad. Those reports revealed that NHRC is incapable of conducting credible investigations in cases of human rights abuse. It has constantly failed to fight any human rights causes that could meet normative principles of internationally recognised human rights. There has not been any credible investigation conducted by the current leadership of the NHRC regarding gross human rights violations, such as torture, enforced disappearance, and extra-judicial killings committed by state agents. UN Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1992/54, adopted "the Paris Principles" as a tool both...
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