JAMMU, Feb 1: To address the grievances related to human rights violations, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is set to conduct a camp and an open public hearing in Jammu and Kashmir.
This might be for the first time that the NHRC will address such issues in the region following the abolition of the State Human Rights Commission.
The information in this regard was provided by noted lawyer Ashok Bhan after his meeting with the NHRC Chairman, retired Supreme Court Judge Arun Mishra, at his office here today.
Bhan emphasized the need for a humanitarian approach towards the victims of the long-standing turbulence in the region, which has witnessed over 30 years of insurgency, leading to violence, displacement, and suffering.
During his meeting with Chairman NHRC, Bhan discussed the pressing issues facing the region, including the rehabilitation of internally displaced native populations, addressing the drug menace, and ensuring economic stability for the youth.
Human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir have ranged from mass killings, forced disappearances, torture, rape, abuses due to using pellet guns and suppression of freedom of speech to bans on religious gatherings, a situation akin to genocide and selective killings.
The NHRC is now gearing up to address these concerns.
The camp sitting and open public hearing are scheduled to take place from February 7 to 9 in Srinagar, with the NHRC inviting individuals to submit complaints regarding alleged rights violations.
It is hoped that NHRC’s efforts shall be seen as a healing process and unifying factor for varied sections of the fractured society that lay shattered by the turbulence of last 35 years Bhan said.
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