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Activists accuse the government of undermining the autonomy of human rights commissions by amending crucial sections of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

HUMAN rights activists and members of civil society have accused the Union government of “compromising” the autonomy of the nation’s rights bodies, namely the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and State HRCs, by amending certain sections in the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

They said that the amendments, passed in both Houses of Parliament “in haste” amid stiff opposition, would alter the basic composition and working module of the NHRC and SHRCs in contravention of the United Nations’ Paris Principles on human rights.


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