‘NHRC success rests on winning victims’ trust’
Mar 25, 2015-
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Anup Raj Sharma said the victims should be at the centre of transitional justice process as stated in a recent Supreme Court verdict.
Sharma said that the Transitional Justice Act should be amended if required in line with the verdict to deliver justice to the conflict victims.
During a meeting with officials of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) on Tuesday, Sharma emphasised that the commission needed to win confidence of the victims to succeed in realising its objectives.
Assuring the CIEDP officials of full support in the investigations of conflict-era issues, the NHRC chairperson said the transitional justice mechanism should be able to win confidence of the victims and that the commission can deliver justice.
CIEDP Chairperson Lokendra Mallick briefed the national human rights body about the progress made by the commission in a month since its establishment.
According to Mallick, the commission has been looking into working procedure and terms of reference for its office bearers.
During the meeting, Mallick sought support of the NHRC in investigating into cases of rights violation during the conflict and establish the truth.
“The NHRC has documented a large number of cases related to rights violation, which is crucial in investigating and establish the truth,” Mallick told the Post. “We were assured of full support from the commission during the meeting.”
Published: 25-03-2015 06:00