Human Rights are the privileges and liberties of the citizens which is a distinct part or organ of human life. Those are the birth rights of a human being and cannot be construed as if it is conferred by the Constitution of the country. Government often indulges into a swoop upon such rights. On the strength of its powers and authority it makes both, use and misuse of police force. Many such incidents have come to light after 1947 when attempts were made to violate human rights, freedom of thoughts, speech and the press.
The months of March and April, 2018 witnessed many events of human rights concerns which raise more questions about the future context of rights protection in India, than provide any substantial answer to demand for justice. A major focus of attention was on proceedings in the Supreme Court where a number of key litigations were either being concluded or in which key judgments were delivered, with overtones for the future.
Note: The electioneering for the 12th May, 2018 elections to the Karnataka Assembly saw political invectives and sloganeering descending to unbelievable depths. While it has become normal for personalised attacks to take place using the cover of electioneering, problem arises when history is distorted, false and fake references are used and conscious attempt made to malign historical figures, for the implication is not just fake information, but shaping of a false imagination.
Dr. Anoop Surendranath, Executive Director of the Centre on the Death Penalty of the National Law University, Delhi has decided to rename itself as `Project 39A’ ( www.project39a.com). The change is not just in name, but symbolises a change in the essential thrust of the research body which has contributed immensely to the Campaign against Death Penalty in India through its wide ranging and comprehensive research on death penalty issues.
In a communication to PUCL, Dr. Anoop Surendranath writes:
The Chairman, National Human Rights Commission,
Manav Adhikar Bhavan, ‘C’ Block, GPO Complex, INA, Delhi
Please find herewith a copy of letter addressed by PUCL, Gujarat Unit, to H.E. the Governor of Gujarat, regarding non-appointment of top functionaries to head the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission.