The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will begin its two days ‘Camp Sitting and Public Open Hearing’ to hear the complaints related to the human rights violations at the State Convention Centre in Shillong from tomorrow.
Besides Meghalaya, human rights violations cases will also be taken up from Mizoram and Tripura.
NHRC member, Justice M.M. Kumar will inaugurate the camp sitting which will be attended by other members, Dr. D.M. Mulay and Rajiv Jain, Secretary General, Bimbadhar Pradhan and other senior officers of the commission and State government officials.
After the inauguration, 19 cases pertaining to the states of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura will be taken up in a single sitting. These includes fresh complaints received in response to its public notices for as well as some earlier registered cases in which the requisite reports from the concerned State Authorities have not been received.
The cases will be heard in the presence of complainants and concerned public authorities, so that some decisions are taken on the spot for redressal of grievances of the victims of rights violations.
On December 15, the Commission will hold a meeting with NGOs and Human Rights Defenders in the forenoon to ascertain the human rights situation and related issues in these three States. Thereafter, the Commission will brief the media about the outcome of the ‘Public Open Hearing and Camp Sitting’.
The Commission has been organizing ‘Open Hearing and Camp Sittings’ in different States of the country since 2007 and has so far held about 40 such sittings and hearings with the objective of quick disposal of cases and to sensitize and create awareness about human rights at the grassroots.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, the Commission could not hold any camp sitting after the sitting in Raipur, Chhattisgarh in February, 2020.