Opposition Parties Oppose The Bill On Human Rights

Members of opposition groups on Friday opposed the implementation in the current form of the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019, claiming it had many gaps and did not conform to the values of Paris.

Initiating a Bill discussion, Shashi Tharoor (Cong) said the bill has several gaps and fails to tackle the body's autonomy problem.

In addition, the Bill seeks to decrease the chairman's tenure from current 5 years to 3 years, he said, adding that the tenure curtailment will result in inconsistency in its functioning.

He said this Bill is piecemeal and cosmetic, not addressing multiple gaps, adding that it was not in accordance with the principles of Paris.

The Principles of Paris are a set of global norms that frame and guide the job of the national agencies of human rights.

As the nation is currently facing multiple violations of human rights, he said, adding that many Assam individuals have been denied Indian citizenship as they fail to show their birth date.

After being denied Indian citizenship, as many as 57 individuals committed suicide because he or she could not establish the date of birth, he said.

It is ironic that voices are being "stifled" by human rights activists such as Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, he said, adding that environmental activists are being deplaned while wilful defaulters are permitted to escape the nation.

Kanimozhi (DMK) also opposed the law and requested the withdrawal of the bill.

Bring something about human rights that really takes care of, she said.

The Bill undermines the organization's autonomy and with its work, she said, it won't be able to do justice.

She said the reappointment clause will make the chairman and members toe the line of government to get another term, citing an example.

In opposition to the Bill, Saugata Roy (TMC) said the comment by Singh refutes the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin.

 The NHRC chairman's decline in tenure will not reinforce the body, he adds.

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